HOPKINTON - Elizabeth "Betsy" Douglas died peacefully surrounded by her family at the Concord Regional VNA Hospice House Wednesday, November 14, 2012.
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She was born August 2, 1920, in Wilmington, N.C., daughter of Eugene and Margaret Johnson Graham. Betsy graduated from Peace College in Raleigh, N.C. and received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Beaver College in English and Political Science. She was married to the late Charles G. Douglas, Jr. of Philadelphia in 1940 until his death in 1997.
In 1962, the Douglas family moved from Philadelphia to Hopkinton where Betsy taught at Hopkinton High School and where she was Chairman of the English Department. She introduced musicals and theater for hundreds of Hopkinton students.
In 1972 she and her husband started Decoy House Real Estate, which was located in Contoocook Village. Betsy enjoyed her real estate career, serving for five years as a Trustee and Director of the Tri-State Real Estate Institute. In 1983 she was voted Realtor of the Year and was President of the Concord Board of Realtors in 1984.
As an active member of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Hopkinton, Betsy taught Sunday School, served on the Vestry and was twice elected President of the Women of St. Andrew's. Betsy was instrumental in establishing the Memorial Garden, applying her life-long love of gardening and flowers.
Betsy was also involved in the community giving her time and energy to the Hopkinton Woman's Club and the Hopkinton Boys and Girls Club. Through her efforts, these organizations were able to create the Respite Care Program to provide relief for housebound caregivers and to provide scholarships for students.
Surviving family members include Charles G. Douglas, III and wife Debra of Concord; Margaret Douglas Frank of Contoocook; Eugenia D. and husband Dr. Charles O'Brien of Portland, Maine; and the family of the late Warren Nissen. Betsy also leaves six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held Monday, November 19, at 11 a.m., at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 354 Main Street, Hopkinton.
A reception will follow at the Parish House.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 354 Main Street, Hopkinton, NH 03229, the Hopkinton Woman's Club, P.O. Box 24 Contoocook, NH 03229 or the Concord Regional VNA Hospice House, 30 Pillsbury Street, Concord, NH 03301.
The Bennett Funeral Home of Concord is in charge of the arrangements.
Messages of condolence may be offered at www.bennettfuneral.com.
Published in The Concord Monitor on Nov. 16, 2012