Margaret E. “Betty” Victor

Margaret E. “Betty” Victor, 80, who died recently, was born July 26, 1933 in Ridgway. She was the daughter of the late Lyle T. Shaver and Mary Law Shaver. She was a graduate of the Ridgway Area schools. After graduating, she took a position as an administrative assistant at International Powdered Metals Company. In 1955, she married M.T. “Spike” Victor. She became a homemaker and raised her beloved stepdaughters, Carol Swanson, Peggy Howard, and Marcia Dunton. She was later blessed to have two children of her own, Michael and Frank Victor. In 1974, she founded an exclusive women’s boutique called “Lizbeth’s of Ridgway.” It was extraordinarily successful and she sold it in the mid-1980s. While a resident of Ridgway, she was deeply involved in the Woman’s Auxiliary of the Elk County General Hospital and chaired the hospital’s charity ball numerous times. After her husband’s death in 1989, she moved to Erie, to be closer to her two sons. While in Erie, she served on the board of directors of Pyramid Industries, Inc. and its subsidiaries. She also served as a trustee for Gannon University and was a member of the Hamot Aid Society. When her son Michael was appointed president of Lake Erie College, she moved to Lake County, Ohio. She died peacefully after a lengthy illness at the home of her son Frank in Erie. She was an Episcopalian and a member of the Episcopal Cathedral of St. Paul. She is survived by her sons, Michael T. Victor (Craige Pepper Victor) and Frank B. Victor (Eryn Victor); her stepdaughters, Carol Swanson (Preston), Peggy V. Howard, and Marcia V. Dunton; her grandchildren, Courtney Russ (Colin), Sydney Victor, Sloane Victor, Madison Victor, Anthony Ciotti, Cory Esper, P. Bowman Root IV, and Wade Root; and her great-granddaughter and namesake, Reagan Margaret Russ. She is further survived by her step-grandchildren, Mario T. Swanson (Evelyn), Virginia Santinello (David), John Paul Swanson, Tina Benniger (Joe), Donald L. Howard (Darlene), Dean S. Howard (Christine), Daniel V. Howard (Michelle), Mary M. McGrath (Padraic), E. Edward Dunton III (Montana), and Victoria Dunton, along with numerous step-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother, Richard T. Shaver (Elizabeth). In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, M.T. “Spike” Victor.Friends may call at the Burton Westlake Funeral Home, 3801 W. 26th St. (at Powell Avenue) on Wednesday from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. and are invited to attend a service on Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Cathedral of St. Paul Episcopal Church 133 W. 6th St., Erie, PA 16501 with the Very Reverend Dean John Downey officiating. Memorials may be made to the Erie Zoo, 423 W 38th St., Erie, PA 16508 or to Lake Erie College, 391 West Washington St., Painesville, OH 44077. Send condolences at