Obituary: Betsey Jean (Thayer) Wetherbee

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SHREWSBURY, Mass. - Mrs. Betsey Jean (Thayer) Wetherbee of Shrewsbury died Nov. 17, 2012 at U Mass Memorial Hospital after a brief illness. In 1962 she married Sherman S. Wetherbee who survives. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in August.

Besides her husband, she leaves three sons, Royal and wife Toi of Shrewsbury, Matthew and wife Rebecca of Worcester, and Mark and wife Pati of Stockton Springs, Maine. Grandchildren Bia, Wendy, Wesley, John and wife Alissa, Christopher, Alyssa, and Daniel, great- grandchildren Aiden and Rylan. She also leaves her sister Mary Towne of Wilmington, Vermont, brothers William Thayer of Westford, Vermont, and George and wife Blanche Thayer of Halifax Vermont; also six nieces, one nephew and 19 grand nieces and nephews, as well as cousins and Aunt Natalie Bruce of Florida.

She was born February 26, 1942 in Brattleboro Vermont, daughter of the late Webster and Maxine (Sargent) Thayer, and grew up in South Newfane, Vermont. A member of St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, Betsey loved her church and serving on the Vestry and several committees. She loved spending time with her family and babysitting for her grandchildren. Her rescue shelties, Kasey and Penelope, were special to her. She loved long rides in the country, especially in their Model T. Along with her husband, she was a member of the Central Massachusetts Model T Ford Club. Some of her favorite things were trying new recipes, picnics, brown bag concerts, crossword puzzles, word puzzles and Sudoku. Betsey was happiest when she was helping and caring for others.

She graduated from Brattleboro High School in 1960, earning a Silver B, the school's honor society symbol. After graduating from New England Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing in 1963, Betsey had a long career as an RN including 35-plus years caring for patients at St. Vincent's Hospital. She was also proud of her long time involvement with the Women's Health Initiative. Her time last year serving on a grand jury was rewarding for her. Betsey was happiest when she was helping others.

The family will receive family and friends from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec.  2 at St. Matthews Episcopal Church, 695 Southbridge St., Worcester  followed by a Memorial Service at 2 p.m. Burial will be private at the convenience of her family.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Matthew's Memorial Fund c/o St. Matthews Episcopal Church 695 Southbridge St. Worcester, MA 01610.

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