Beth was born Elizabeth Jane Eisamen in Pittsburgh, PA, in 1924. She attended Waynesburg College during WWII and taught school for a short time before marrying Howard Dale Small, a Presbyterian minister, in 1946. She was a Presbyterian Church member from her youth and spent over 40 years co-ministering with her husband Dale in Richmond, VA, Kansas City, MO, Detroit, MI, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Cleveland Heights, OH, and Franklin, NC. She worked for social justice in the Presbyterian Women and in Church Women United (CWU) organizations in three synods – Covenant, Mid-Atlantic, and Mid-America. Beth felt it an honor to be chosen to serve as a General Assembly Representative.
Beth liked nature and for 32 years backpacked with church youth in the mountains of North Carolina. This made her one of the strongest and fastest walkers known to the Penney Farms community where she resided. For the last 16 years Beth was active in all aspects of this community: singing in the Chancel Choir and Women’s Chorus, directing arts and crafts activities, square dancing, and practicing Tai Chi. Beth passed away June 1, 2017.
Beth is survived by her adopted son, Col. Gareth Foulds and wife, Gale, of Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, and by their daughters – Mrs. Leigha Eshner and Mrs. Ainsley Gottrich and their families; also by her biological children, Mark Ainsley Small of Asheville, NC, and Christy Ann Martin of Ocala, FL, and their spouses, Donalyn Small and James Martin respectively; also by her seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Beth’s husband, Dale Small, died at Penney Farms in 2011. Beth married Richard Robinson, who died in 2016.