BETTY TRENTLYON
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TRENTLYON--Betty. Died March 5th, 2021 at age 89. She worked in refugee resettlement for non profit agencies for over 20 years. An activist and environmentalist. Beloved by her neighbors and friends in Chelsea. She leaves behind her husband, Bob Trentlyon, son Jason Trentlyon, and daughter Jessica Gallery.


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Published in New York Times on Apr. 2, 2021.
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April 11, 2021
Cousins and your niece Alex who loved you deeply
Jess
Daughter
April 11, 2021
Your nephew Steve, aka. Bubba- at Ecola State Park. You and Dad certainly loved it there
Jess
Daughter
April 10, 2021
Remembering Betty Trentlyon

We note with great sorrow the passing of Betty Trentlyon, age 89, on March 5th of Covid. Betty was a long-time member of the West 400 Block Association and resident of 21st Street. A graduate of Swarthmore College; she met and married Robert (Bob) Trentlyon in 1957 and together they became “pioneers” by moving to 21st Street in 1965 when Chelsea was a different neighborhood than it is today. They were married for 64 years. Betty was always active in local community affairs; in the 1970’s she helped form a green market food co-op on 22nd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues. But her interests also spanned the nation and the world. An ardent liberal activist Betty was appalled by the Vietnam War which she considered an unjust and unnecessary war and worked for twenty years with non-profit groups in re settlement of refugees, specifically the Vietnam Boat refugees. Her work grew to extend to other wartorn countries that her agency helped to relocate to the United States.

Known for her integrity and strong moral compass, she joined many causes to relieve human suffering. She was a strong environmentalist who worked in ways large and small to save our planet for future generations. She recycled before it became fashionable, and she relentlessly fought to ensure fracking never came to NY State.

Although Betty raised her family in NYC given that Bob’s chain of community newspapers, ( The Chelsea Clinton News and other community papers), were based in Manhattan, she remained a country girl at heart. Growing up in what was then a rural area of Boonton, New Jersey, she always retained a passionate love of nature. She took great pleasure traveling during retirement: Denali, the Canadian Rockies, Scandinavia, and all over Europe. They especially loved the Pacific Northwest where for twelve years they visited their daughter and their son in law twice a year.

Betty was a bright, well-informed, caring neighbor who could be serious but who also possessed a wry sense of humor. Many of us will remember her as a perky, friendly person frequently seen pulling her cart to the Union Square Green Market or rushing off to the YMCA on 14th street just a month or two before warnings of the new strains of COVID in NYC were becoming more urgent.

We extend our deepest condolences to Bob and their son Jason and daughter Jessica. Messages can be sent to the Trentlyon family at 409 West 21st Street. Given the Covid pandemic, there will be no memorial planned at this time.


Jess
Daughter
April 10, 2021
I first met Betty when we first moved to Chelsea and I was invited to join a green market food co-op that she helped organize on 22nd Street. For 50 years I enjoyed our sidewalk chats and seeing her at neighborhood events. I am grateful that not long before she became ill I had a nice long telephone visit with her and Bob on their speaker phone. Betty was a friendly, caring neighbor who will be missed by all. Steve and I extend our condolences to the Trentlyon family.
Joanne Downes
Neighbor
April 10, 2021
Vietnam War protest -
Jessica Gallery
Daughter
April 10, 2021
Jase and Mom at Discovery Park
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Daughter
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Jess
Daughter
April 9, 2021
Ahhhh Betty! I know you always thought that my visits were simply because I had business to do with Bob. But I don't think you ever knew how much it meant to me to spend time with you, tune into that beautiful mind, and hear that wonderful laugh. What a very special lady I had the privilege to know! I will SO miss our visits.
Jean Blair
Neighbor
April 7, 2021
Any time I visited her home, Betty always greeted me with a smile and wonderful friendly spirit. I have known Jessica for many years and I know how much Jessica, Jason and the rest of her family loved her. It was always nice to see Jessica with her mom, their connection was obvious. Condolences to the family, I hope the memory of Betty lasts a long time.
Jesse Schoen
Friend
April 6, 2021
You are an example of drive, energy, solidarity, intelligence
and no-nonsenseness. We will all miss you, dear Betty!
Ruben and Luba
Neighbor
April 4, 2021
Betty was such a doer, always on the go and giving her time and energy to others whether advocating for political causes or taking a stance against practices that negatively impacted the environment. Above all else, she was unconditionally devoted to her family. While she will be sorely missed, her kind and loving spirit envelopes us all.
Lisa Ellis
Friend
April 4, 2021
Aunt Lois, Aunt Nancy, Betty, and Uncle Fred
Jess
Daughter
April 4, 2021
It was interesting how cousin Alex discovered that our oldest ancestors that were traceable, were here around the time that Peter Stuyvesant served as the last Dutch Director General of New Netherlands, before the English took over. You had no idea that you decended from some of the oldest New Yorkers on Grandpa's side of the family
Jess
Daughter
April 4, 2021
Jess
Daughter
April 4, 2021
Jason certainly looked cute in his baby jumper with little rabbit ears
Jess
Daughter
April 4, 2021
My incredilbe mother- I have so much to say. But for now, all I want to say is how devistated we are by your death. And how grateful I am that you and I had no unfinished business. I know how much you loved me and how much I loved you. I miss you beyond words- I can't believe that I have to live in a world without out you in it. Love Bunt
Jess
Daughter
April 4, 2021
You were an exceptionally dynamic person in this world. We will miss you. You were very loved and loving. Love Liz Gallery
Liz Gallery
April 2, 2021
Bob--so sorry to hear this. Let me know if there will be a memorial service. Hope to see you soon.--Ira Glasser
Ira Glasser
Friend
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