ARNOLD Bette Jeanne (Berman) of Boston and New Seabury, died of natural causes on May 22. Beloved wife of Robert Charles (MacMurdo) and former wife of the late Chappie Arnold, adored mother of The Honorable Judith A. Cowin and her husband The Honorable William I. Cowin and the late Joyce (Jackie) Arnold Rusoff. Cherished grandmother of April Ruth (Cowin) Stein and Geoff Stein, Jackie (Cowin) Daniels and Mark Daniels, and William Phillip Cowin and April (Pressel) Cowin. Great-grandmother of Harper, Gavin and Graham Stein and Colette Cowin and step great-grandmother of Emily and Michael Daniels. A former resident of Newton and Hull, she was the flamboyant and high-spirited proprietor of "Bette's Rolls Royce" restaurant by Faneuil Hall in Boston. She was also a devoted, loving and inspiring mother to her daughters. Bette was decades ahead of her time, a woman's liberationist years before the term was in vogue. She had successful careers in three different business fields, assisting her late husband Chappie Arnold with "Chappie Arnold's Orchestra," and later operating the Arnold Bus Company with him before she opened her restaurant. Later she helped her second husband run the Bob Charles Transportation Company. She did all this while raising two daughters, providing them with enormous love and affection and instilling in them a desire to succeed and the knowledge that there were no boundaries to their accomplishments if they simply worked hard enough. Besides her work, she enjoyed travel, ballet, opera and the theatre and adored swimming in any body of water. She slept little, preferring to live life to the fullest each day and leave sleeping for her final resting place. At Bette's request, a graveside service will be held at the Newton Cemetery, Section 3, Lot 1, at 791 Walnut Street in Newton on Thursday, May 26 at 6PM. Family and friends are welcome at the home of her daughter after the service. Boston Harborside Home J. S. Waterman & Sons-Waring-Langone 617-536-4110
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Published in Boston Herald on May 24, 2011