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July 8, 2018
Way back in the sixties, Duncan MacArthur was my dear friend, and Betsy was very much a second mom to me. Wednesday was my day to spend after school and have dinner with the MacArthur family at their home in Pennsylvania. It meant the world to me to be with them as being with them was an important respite from my own, difficult childhood situation. Betsy was always very warm and cheerful in her quiet way, and she was a loving and attentive mother to Duncan, Alan, Lizzie and, later, Donald. In a country home without a television, we always created our own adventures, with Betsy readily available with sage advice for our plans, or to be an enthusiastic audience for our skits or demonstrations. That Betsy and Robert loved each other deeply was never in doubt to me, and I have a very fond memory of seeing them ice skating arm in arm around the little pond near my home, very much enjoying their time with each other, even with children and others skating noisily around them.

Dear, sweet Mrs. MacArthur, thank you for allowing me to be a part of your family every Wednesday after school. I will always be very grateful to you for that. Please send my deepest affection and regards to Mr. MacArthur. I'm so glad you are both together again. God Bless you both, and God Bless the MacArthur family.

Wendy Kimmell Daly
May 23, 2018
In loving memory-

One of Betsy's favorite daily routines when I lived in her cabin, was to sit in her bedroom with a candle and "focus on the light in (her) heart", as a midday meditation. It was a simple, unconventional and friendly suggestion made by her physician. She cherished the advice as well as the routine, and often kept a candle lit on the dining room table in the evenings while she mused or visited with friends or family.
May 23, 2018
I love seeing this photo of Betsy. Her beautiful smile, floppy sun hat, such as she would have worn while painting self portraits.

This is how I remember Betsy. I remember that at the time this photo was taken she felt pleased with her recent success losing weight. I think she did a self portrait in this hat. A line drawing, which ended up as the cover for her coloring book. Betsy, Rose and I self-published a small book each. Betsy's was a coloring book of line drawings. We also, at that time, recorded ourselves reading from our books and burned a collective CD. Then we performed a public reading at The Twilight Tea Lounge on Gallery Walk, where displayed and sold our works. Great fun!

That was Betsy; always game! All the while encouraging the creative spirit of those around her.

My dear Betsy, you will forever be in my heart and on my mind... a second mother, mentor, benefactor, role model and most importantly, a beloved, and long missed friend. I struggle to find the words to adequately describe the nature of our friendship. It was rich, multifaceted and long-standing.

I love you and miss you. Thank you for all the ways you made my life beautiful and joyful, and helped me to become the person I am.

Thank you for all that you taught me, invited me to, supported in me, shared with me. There is so so much.

Yesterday a friend and I went to South Pond. I reflected on the legacy you, Robert, Sue, Dick, Pat and your parents left in Marlboro, and for this region. The beauty of South Pond preserved for humans and wildlife. And the founding of Marlboro College, which draws many creative, caring, intelligent souls to the Brattleboro area.

I missed your presence terribly at the pond. It's not the same without you. So many great memories live on. The beauty of the pond lives on, because you were there.

So many of the things in my life that are important to me, were discovered while we were friends, were intertwined with the land that you welcomed me on and our friendship; and shared with you. You understood much that few people do.

Your friendship has been so important, influential and pervasive in my life that it is difficult to wrap my mind around it. So many beautiful things unfolded during our years as friends.

I will always be grateful, I will always miss you. I know you will be listening to our prayers, and continuing your help from your new perspective.
May 14, 2018
I had modeled for Betsy back in 1980 when I was a student at Marlboro College, and she became a kind of informal mentor to me at the time. Her country home, her life routines, even her preference for stewed tomatoes that she ordered from a company called Walnut Creek, her kindness, her openness and managing of her illness, and not least of all her commitment to her art, were all influential to me. I have held her dear for all these years, and I will continue to hold her in my heart in the ache that her death opens up. My condolences to her family, close friends, and caretakers.