GREENFIELD - Beatrice N. (Newton) ""Betty"" Seibert, 86, formerly of 63 Newell Pond Rd. and a resident of the Charlene Manor Extended Care Nursing Facility, 130 Colrain Road, died peacefully on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, following a period of declining health.
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A native of Greenfield, MA, she was born on June 9, 1927 to Frank and Temperance (White) Newton. She was one of nine children. Betty attended Greenfield Public Schools and graduated from Greenfield High School in the Class of 1945.
She was employed by the Town of Greenfield at the Public Library, later working for the Greenfield YMCA. She and her late husband Edward owned and operated for several years a secretarial service known as ""DEBLS Service"". Betty last worked for 15 years as the church secretary for the Second Congregational Church of Greenfield prior to her retirement. In her retirement, Betty could be found attending area events such as the Green River Festival and the Franklin County Fair with her decorative and personalized button badges under the name of ""Buttons by Betty"".
She was an active member of the Second Congregational Church of Greenfield, where she was a member of the choir. Additionally, she was a member of the Pioneer Valley Symphony Chorus for over 40 years and served as a member of the Executive Board of the Symphony.
Betty loved to flower garden and to attend local flea markets and antique shows. She was an accomplished home sewer and knitter, in particular afghans and quilts. Betty enjoyed hiking and the out-of-doors and was a member for many years of the Outing Club of the YMCA. Additionally, she was an avid reader and was a pet lover.
She was married to the love of her life, Edward C. Seibert Jr. on May 6, 1955 and he predeceased her following 33 years of marriage in September of 1988.
Betty is lovingly remembered by her children: Leigh A. Labrie and her husband Dennis and their son Daniel of Greenfield, MA, and Douglas P. Seibert and his wife Debbie and their children Kara, Mallory, Brandon and Jordan of Greenfield, MA. Additionally she is fondly remembered by her remaining siblings: Frank W. ""Bill"" Newton and his wife Anne of Erving, MA, and Bertha LaClaire of Leverett, MA, as well as several great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews, who will remember her with great affection.
Altruistic at heart, Betty has thoughtfully donated her remains to the UMass Medical School Anatomical Gift Program for purposes of medical science.
A celebration of her life will take place at the Second Congregational Church, 16 Court Square, Greenfield, MA, on Saturday, Feb. 8, at 2 p.m., with the Rev. Corey Sanderson, pastor, officiating. For those who wish to attend, parking is available at the McCarthy Funeral Homes adjacent to the church or in the municipal lot directly behind the church.
A private committal service will be observed at the convenience of the family with inurnment to take place in Green River Cemetery, Greenfield, MA, following the completion of the anatomical studies.
Expressions of affection are suggested in lieu of flowers in the form of a charitable donation in Betty's name to the Second Congregational Church, 16 Court Square, Greenfield, MA, 01301.
The McCarthy Funeral Homes of Greenfield and Turners Falls, MA, have been entrusted with the arrangements. Guest book and condolence message available at:
McCarthy Funeral Homes
36 Bank Row
Greenfield, MA 01301
Published in The Recorder from Feb. 5 to Feb. 6, 2014