Obituary of Elizabeth (Betsy) Joan Reed
Webster: Age 77, passed away peacefully at the Maplewood Nursing Home in Webster on April 16, 2023. She is predeceased by her parents, Malcolm and Arlene Reed; sister, Marlene French. She is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Carole & Don Young; nieces, Christin McKee, Robin Minden, Becky Young; nephew, Robert Young; brother-in-law, Gaylord French; 7 grand nieces and nephews.
Betsy was born in Auburn, NY on February 25, 1946. After graduating from East High School she entered Oswego State Teachers College. During the spring term of her senior year she accepted a 2nd grade teaching position at DeWitt Road School.in Webster, NY, where she happily taught for the next 32 years.
She was an active member of the United Methodist Church of Webster where she not only taught Sunday School, but also was a Sunday School superintendent with good friend Beth Keesom. She was head of the trustees, the first woman in the church to fill that role. She was a member of the staff parish relations team. She used her considerable artistic skills, with the help of several church members, to paint floor to ceiling depictions of Noah’s Ark on the walls of the lower level of the church.
She enjoyed bowling in a league with her teaching colleagues. She loved to garden and later in life was the proud owner of her new home on Railway Crossing. After she retired she took up art lessons and leaves behind a legacy of beautiful water colored paintings enjoyed by family and friends. When her mother, Arlene, became elderly Betsy welcomed her into her home, and became her devoted caretaker.
Betsy was a loving daughter, a dedicated and sensitive teacher, a hard-working member of her church, an accomplished artist, and most importantly, perhaps, one of the most thoughtful and generous friends a person could ever have.
A Celebration of her Life will occur on Monday, May 8, at 11:00 AM at the United Methodist Church of Webster, 169 E. Main St., Webster.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to the United Methodist Church of Webster or the Maplewood Staff Activities Fund, 100 Daniel Dr., Webster.
The Willard H. Scott Funeral Home has been honored to serve the Webster community and the surrounding area for over 60 years. We remain dedicated to those we serve, providing compassion and guidance during one of life’s most difficult times.
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