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ADAMS, Betty Anne Matchette Betty Anne Matchette Adams was born on September 12, 1926 to Sarah Virginia Addis Matchette and George Earl Matchette. Betty grew up in Washington, D.C. where she attended school. She left high school early to work in a munitions plant as a secretary to help support her family during World War II. She later completed her high school education and earned an Associate in Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies at St. Petersburg Junior College as a senior citizen. While her daughter was a young child, she and her late husband, Howard Joseph Bradley, opened their Baltimore County, Maryland home to forty-two foster children from Baltimore City, from 1955 until 1960, providing short-term and pre-adoptive care.Betty went on to work as an office manager at Ryland Homes and as Human Resources Director at Columbia Bank and Trust in Columbia, Maryland. She also served as Vice President of Mechanical Services, a company she started in Ellicott City, Maryland with her second husband, the late Howard J. Merica. She and Mr. Merica loved to travel and saw much of the United States in their Winnebago. Their traveling also included adventures to Spain, England, France, Israel, Jordan and Egypt. Betty began singing for her family at age three and loved to sing throughout her life. After retiring to Florida in 1984, she sang in the Faith Presbyterian Church Choir and the Sun Coast Singers in Seminole. She was devoted to her church life, offering her time to church projects that helped others; and was a long-time member of the "MOR" (Middle of the Roaders) group of Faith Presbyterian, where she made many friends and enjoyed their warm company. Betty loved to garden, cook, knit and sew. She made clothes, afghans and quilts for her daughter and grandchildren, teaching them to appreciate making things by hand. She was a member of "Sew and Tell" a quilting group in Seminole Florida. She is predeceased by her third husband, James Ronald Adams. After his death in December, 2014 she moved to Concord, Massachusetts to live with her daughter and son-in-law, but continued to spend winters in her home in Seminole. Betty is survived by her daughter Virginia Bradley Hines of Concord, Massachusetts, her granddaughters, Sarah Thompson Hines of Leeds, Massachusetts and Anna Viele Hines of Ithaca, New York and her grandson, Atulananda Dasa (Andrew Matchett) Hines of Los Angeles, California. She is also survived by three great grandchildren, Ananda, Maia and Nina, as well as many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews and step children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Betty is predeceased by her brother, George Earl Matchette, Jr. Betty died peacefully in her daughter's home in Concord on Sunday, September 11th surrounded by her family. A service will be held at Christ Episcopal Church in Clinton, Maryland followed by interment in her family's plot in the church's cemetery. A celebration of her life will be held at Faith Presbyterian Church in Seminole, Florida in the Spring. Dee Funeral Home of Concord 978-369-2030 Caring for families since 1868
Published in The Boston Globe on Sept. 18, 2016
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