Elizabeth “Beth’” Condon passed away March 12 at the age of 51 after a heroic eight-year battle with leukemia. She had defeated leukemia three separate times since 2011 and had two bone marrow transplants (2011, 2015) at the City of Hope in Duarte. Beth died peacefully at home surrounded by her husband, three children, siblings, parents, nieces/nephews, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.
Elizabeth Jane Frackelton was born Aug. 30, 1967 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Pasadena to John and Anne Frackelton. In 1970, the family moved from Arcadia to Villa Park. Beth attended Villa Park Elementary, Cerro Villa Middle School, and Villa Park High School. She decided early on that she wanted to be an elementary school teacher.
Beth graduated from the University of Pacific and received her Master’s in Education from Chapman University. She taught elementary grades for 10 years in the Anaheim School District. During that time she met the love of her life, Dr. Curtis Condon. Beth and Curt were married in 1997 and made their home in Orange. They have three children, Emily, Andrew and Ian. While the children were young, Beth taught part-time as a classroom teacher and later as an education specialist for home-schooled children, and as a resource teacher for Orange Unified.
Some highlights of her young life were participating in the opening ceremonies of the 1984 Olympics, biking through Central Europe with her high school German teacher and several of his students, and later backpacking and hosteling through Europe with her good friend Jennifer (Hall) Topp. Beth enjoyed traveling, the outdoors, and bi-annual trips to the Colorado River with the infamous VP River Rats.
Beth was always enthusiastic, enjoyed people, and participated fully in organizations to which she belonged. She was president of her Delta Delta Delta sorority alumni group. At Nohl Canyon Elementary, she served as talent show coordinator and president of their NCSA. As recently as last year, she led the Orange-Villa Park chapter of the National League of Young Men (NLYM) and served on the VPHS Boys’ Tennis Booster Board.
Beth and Curt never missed an event in which their children participated. Beth was her kids’ number-one cheerleader and you could always hear her cheering from the crowd at baseball, basketball, or volleyball games.
In addition to her husband and three children, Beth leaves behind her 10 nieces and nephews who all lived close by, her adoring brother, Robert Frackelton, her beloved sister, Katie Silberman, and her loving mother and father. A celebration of Beth’s life will take place on April 12 at Chapman University’s Memorial Hall at 6 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Camp Kesem, a summer camp for children of parents dealing with cancer: donate.kesem.org/mitmtm2019 or the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society: donate.lls.org/lls/