Dorothy L. Bett
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AGE: 94 • Brick, formerly of Shrewsbury
Dorothy L. Bett, passed away Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, two days after her 94th birthday, at Meridian Nursing & Rehabilitation at Shrewsbury. She was born in Omaha, NE, the youngest of five children. In 1941, she married George, who was stationed at Ft. Omaha. Being the wife of a career-Army officer and later Boy Scouts of America executive, Dorothy lived in many places in the United States and also in Germany. After residing a total of 21 wonderful years in Shrewsbury, she and her husband retired to Greenbriar I in Brick in 1984 where she enjoyed a rewarding and active life in the community. Dorothy was a member of the Presbyterian Church at Shrewsbury for 61 years where she served as a Deacon and an officer in the Presbyterian Women organization. She was also a member of the choir, Mission Belles Circle, and Craft Group. Her church life was extremely important to her. Dorothy also volunteered for the Red Cross at Paterson Army Hospital, Ft. Monmouth. While living in Greenbriar I, she was an officer and member of the Service Club and secretary of the Computer Club. During her adult life she was an avid bridge player and solver of crossword puzzles. She also enjoyed playing the piano and accordion for family and friends. Proud of her Swedish heritage, Dorothy loved being called "Mor-Mor" (mother's mother) by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and even by their friends. To all, she was considered the kindest, sweetest woman, offering a smile and making those around her feel special. She always put family and the values of God first, and for this she will be forever remembered and missed.
Dorothy was predeceased by her son, George F. Jr., in 1953; and her husband, George F. Sr., in 1996. Surviving her are her son, David and his wife, Kate Bernhard of Pt. Washington, NY; and her daughters, Elizabeth Nelson of Shrewsbury, Patricia Speedy and her husband, Robert of Lakewood, Pamela Sergeant and her husband, Craig of Fair Haven, and Heidi O'Neill and her husband, Brian, of Middletown. She is also survived by the 14 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren whom she adored.
Visitation will take place from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18 at the Thompson Memorial Home, 310 Broad St., Red Bank. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 19 at the Presbyterian Church at Shrewsbury, 352 Sycamore Ave., Shrewsbury. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Presbyterian Church at Shrewsbury in memory of Dorothy L. Bett would be appreciated.
Published in Asbury Park Press on Nov. 17, 2012