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Betty Mae Nicholls MacFadyen

LENOX, MA Betty Mae Nicholls MacFadyen died reluctantly at her home in Lenox on Saturday, March 12th at sunrise. She was 88 years young. The daughter of Elizabeth Hammond Nicholls and Victor Nicholls of Pittsfield, Betty was a 1945 graduate of Pittsfield High School.Following graduation Betty wasaccepted into the Cadet Nurse Corpsat Cooley Dickinson Hospital but after failing the pharmacology courseby givingher last patient water after coughsyrup shereturned home to marry Colin MacFadyen. As newlyweds Betty and Colin bothworked in New York City commuting daily from theirhome in New Rochelle. Returning to the Berkshires in the mid 1950's with planstostartafamily they boughtanold farmhouse in Lenoxwith no running water so they ran a hose over from the neighbor's house.As a mom Betty encouraged creativity, allowed dogs on beds and playing outside until it was time to be fed. Betty was very involvedat the Junior League Thrift Shop on North Street in Pittsfield for many years, much to the delight of her teenage daughter who had "new" outfits weekly.She continuedas a sustaining member of the Junior League.She was best known for her affiliations with MAD Estate Sales, Sawyer Antiques and most recentlyKim's Estate Sales. A sudden illness forced her into early retirement in December 2015. At the estate sales Bettywasdelighted toconnectherdevoted clientele with specific items of interest.She keptthe crew happy by baking brownies andmistakenly thought she couldrepair the electronics left behind. Betty is survived by her daughter Christine Elizabeth MacFadyenand her life partner William J. O'Leary of Pittsfield and his children Martha N. O'Leary of Clinton, NY and William S. O'Leary of Denver, CO andher step grandson Alexander C. Genga of Huntsville, AL. She is also survived by her littlesister Beverly Nicholls Rainey of Lenox and Gaffney, SC (who referred to her big sister as the "The Betster")andmany loving nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her son Jeffrey Colin MacFadyen a noted area ski racer, her husband Colin MacFadyen and her sister Barbara Nicholls Lee. There will be no calling hours. Burial servicewill be private. Betty's quiet touch was far reaching and everyone who remembers her is askedto celebrate her life on Wednesday night by raising a glass of their beverage of choice. In lieu of flowers, donations in Betty'shonormay be made to the Mark Huber BasketballScholarship Fund-Berkshire Taconic or to The Lenox Library for the Lenox 250th Anniversary Celebration in care of Roche Funeral Home, 120 Main St. Lenox, MA 01240 Visit: rochefuneralhome.com to share memories and to sign the guestbook.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Mar. 15, 2016
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