AMHERST – Elizabeth "Betsy" (Allen) Gage, 83, died peacefully on Nov. 20, 2012, at the Fisher Home for Hospice Care.
Born Dec. 19, 1927, in Boston, she was the daughter of James S. and Helen S. Allen.
Betsy grew up in Winchester and summered all her life in Rockport. Rockport held a special place in Betsy's heart and she shared many wonderful memories there with her family.
Betsy was a graduate of the former Westbrook College, Westbrook, Maine, now The University of New England. Upon graduation she worked at Boston University in the research labs for the war effort.
On June 17, 1950, Betsy married Bradlee E. Gage. They shared 62 years together, with the exception of a year in South Bend, Ind., Brad and Betsy lived their married life in Amherst.
Betsy had many passions in life. She loved to travel and explore the cultures and cuisines of the world. She was an extraordinary cook who traveled on numerous occasions to France to partake in cooking adventures. Betsy was a gracious hostess known not only for her delicious meals, but also for her beautiful flower arrangements and the elegant table she set. While you may not have known Betsy personally, you may have had the opportunity to admire flowers that she planted each season. For as long as anyone can remember, she planted and tended the round green planter at the intersection of Middle Street, Pomeroy Lane and Shays Street in South Amherst.
Betsy was a long time member of South Congregational Church. She served on the Flower Committee and was a member of the Crafty Ladies Group that supports the annual holiday fair. Betsy was also a former member of the Amherst Women's Club and the South Amherst Thursday Club.
Betsy was predeceased by her parents, sister Ruth, and brother Bill.
She leaves her husband, Brad; daughter, Nancy and her husband Philip Torrey of Amherst; twin sons, Brad and his wife Rosemarie of Belchertown and Bill and his wife Anne of Fairfield, Maine; her beloved grandchildren, Sarah (Torrey) Mitrou and her husband Jeff of Windham, N.H., Cyle and Ian Gage of Boston, Riley Gage of Fairfield, Maine and Mackenzie Allen Gage of Belchertown; and a great-granddaughter, Anna Torrey Mitrou.
There will be no calling hours. A memorial service will be held in the spring of 2013.
Donations in Betsy's memory can be made to the South Church Flower Fund, c/o South Congregational Church, South East St., Amherst, MA 01002, or to the Hospice of the Fisher Home, 1165 North Pleasant St., Amherst, MA 01002.
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