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Elizabeth Ann (Betty) Sherry

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SHERRY - Elizabeth Ann (Betty) died at the Allendale Nursing Home in New Jersey on Thursday, August 4, where she had been a patient since Saturday, July 30. She was 93. Mrs. Sherry raised four children and had three grandchildren and four great grandchildren. In addition to living in Ramsey, NJ, for over 40 years, she also resided in Jersey City, Montclair, Washington, D.C., Paris, France, Radburn, Waldwick, and the Atrium, a part of the Allendale Community for Mature Living in New Jersey. Born on August 1, 1912 in Jersey City, Mrs. Sherry graduated from St. Aloysius High School in Jersey City and earned a B.A. in French language and literature with a minor in history from Trinity College in Washington, D.C. She spent her junior year abroad and received a diploma from the Sorbonne in Paris, France. While living in France, she toured Europe and had an audience with Pope Pius XI. While living in Washington, D.C., she had tea with President Hoover. After graduating from Trinity, she attended Katharine Gibbs School in New York City and held the position of executive secretary at Macy's department store and Harper's Bazaar magazine. She also taught French language at Tisdale Elementary School in Ramsey. Once her children were raised she became active in environmental organizations such as Clean Ocean Action. She had a special interest in the restoration of the natural beauty of the Meadowlands in New Jersey. She often attended cultural events at the William Carlos Williams Center in Rutherford, NJ, and lectures at Ramapo College in Mahwah, NJ. She also coordinated a bridge group at the Ramsey Golf and Country Club, was an avid golfer, a member of the Mahwah Library book discussion group and pursued downhill skiing into her 70s. She is preceded in death by her mother, Mary Heffernan Driscoll, a school teacher, and her father, William Driscoll, a civil engineer who helped pioneer the development of air conditioning. She is also preceded in death by a son-in-law, John Flynn. She is survived by her sister, Mary Miller of Garden City, NY, and her children, Alice Hayes of Ridgefield, CT, Elizabeth Flynn of Hancock, MI, William Sherry and his wife Gail of Garrison, NY, and John Sherry and his wife Celeste of West Nyack, NY. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Mary Hayes Phelps of Ridgefield, CT, Jamie Hayes Neufeld of Longmont, CO, and Katherine Flynn of Hancock, MI, four great grandchildren, Benjamin and Megan Neufeld and Nathan and Jack Phelps, numerous nieces and nephews and their families. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 3 at the C.C. Van Emburgh Funeral Home, 306 East Ridgewood Avenue, Ridgewood, New Jersey. The family will receive visitors at 10 AM and the service will begin at 11. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Clean Ocean Action, Building 18, Hartshorne Drive, P.O. Box 505, Sandy Hook, NJ 07732-0505; Valley Hospice, 15 Essex Road, Paramus, NJ 07652; or the American Heart Association.
Published in The Record/Herald News on Aug. 28, 2005
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