MANCHESTER - Betty "Beth" J. D'Arruda, 76, passed away peacefully with her daughter at her side at the Catholic Medical Center after a brief illness on Feb, 18, 2013.
She was called the movie star star by fellow tenants at the Carpenter Center where she resided. Betty was born in Manchester on Feb. 2, 1938, the youngest daughter of four to Robert (Woody) Stone and Vivian Harris Stone.
Betty grew up in Bedford and graduated from West High.
She was an avid roller skater and skated until more than 70 years old. Twenty of her short 76 years were spent in San Diego, a city she adored, before returning home, spending her final 10 years with her family and friends.
She was a unique person, petite, always with a fancy hat, high shoes and a smile. She especially enjoyed the holidays, She loved decorating, giving candy to Trick or Treaters and simply making others smile.
She is survived by her daughter, Velvet L. Brown of Manchester; son, Steven D'Arruda residing in Australia; James Canney, practically an adopted son, and her grandson, Richard F. Brown III of Manchester. Lifelong friends include Sandy Towle, Connie Gregoire, Jeanette Waters, Agnes Thibeault, Roxanne Swazey, Donna King, Sandy Serino, Doris Duvall. She will be greatly missed by all.
SERVICES: A private service will be held at a later date.
Please consider a donation to the Manchester Animal Shelter, or even feed a hungry stray in her name, just as she would have.