Elizabeth Bolton "Betty" Gailey
1932 - 2018
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YORK, Maine - Elizabeth "Betty" Anne Bolton Gailey, 85, went to be with the Lord on Friday, June 29, 2018, with her loving family by her side. She was born in Lowell, Mass., on August 5, 1932, a daughter of Bertrand and Jane Bolton.

Betty's family relocated to Kennebunk, Maine where she graduated from high school in 1950. Betty was a graduate of Gorham State Teachers College in 1954 with a degree in elementary education. She taught at Lafayette and Sherburne Schools, retiring in 1990.

She married the love of her life John A. Gailey in June 1954. They raised three children, Jane, John and Jim living on Islington Street, Portsmouth for many years and spent summers on Merrymeeting Lake. In 1977 they moved to New Castle, N.H. and spent winters in Fort Myers, Fla.

They were faithful to many churches in the area. John and Betty served on a number of missions projects including Habitat for Humanity in three states; Tenn., Ga., and Md. John and Betty loved hosting family and friends in New Castle, Fort Myers, and Merrymeeting Lake.

Betty was a prayer warrior for her family and friends and will continue to be a guide over the family. She believed that salvation is through Jesus Christ.

She is survived by her daughter Jane and husband Dr. Mark Price; son John Gailey II; son James and wife Kimberly; Grandchildren include Dr. Joshua Price and wife Ashley, Benjamin Price, Lauren Gailey Purple and husband Daniel, John III; three great grandchildren; her sister in-law Carolyn Harvey; brother in-law Robert Gailey and wife Shirley,; many nieces and nephews; and wonderful friends.

She was predeceased by her husband John, her parents and her sister Carolyn.

SERVICES: At her request there will be no services. For online condolences, visit: www.jvwoodfunerahome.com. Arrangements are under the direction and care of the J. Verne Wood Funeral Home – Buckminster Chapel.

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Published in Seacoastonline.com from Jul. 3 to Jul. 6, 2018.
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August 8, 2018
Our sympathy to Betty Gaileys family. We have wonderful memories of John, Betty and their children years ago when they attended Middle Street Baptist Church. In love and sympathy. Jack and Audrey
Jack and Audrey Foster
July 23, 2018
I am so sad to hear about this. She was my favorite teacher ever and I was actually thinking about her last week after all these years. Condolences to her family.
July 13, 2018
I am so sad to hear this news about Betty.Our family has many wonderful memories of our days at Sherburne School. Betty taught my three boys in 1st grade, and dearly loved her. She made a difference in many young lives and will be missed. We share your loss.
July 8, 2018
Betty and John were a guiding light to the success of the Portsmouth yacht club. They are both missed.
wally mallett
July 7, 2018
Betty was quit simply one of the best people we've ever known. When we moved to New Castle in 2005, the boys (then 5 and 4) quickly considered her their local "grandmother". She volunteered to read with the children at MHT and my favorite memory is walking in to see my son Willem sitting on her lap, listening to her read, while he sucked his thumb. Peter also adored her and they loved to play with the toys in her living room left from her own grandchildren. Later, as a single parent, she became my greatest mentor and spiritual guide. Through her, I learned what a loving relationship is by the stories about her beloved husband, John. As the boys grew up they shoveled snow for her, loved to go to IHOP with her and stop by for visits. I cannot express my admiration and love and appreciation for her enough and Peter, now 19, and Willem, now 18, join me in sending our condolences and love to all of her family and friends. Betty will be in our hearts forever. May God Bless you all at this time. I know that she is with John now, and last time we sat in her living room in New Castle talking, she said she couldn't wait to be with him again.

With all our love,

Catherine Meyjes, Peter and Willem
Catherine Meyjes
July 7, 2018
I worked with Betty Gailey quite a few years teaching school. I really admired her she was a very compassionate person and a wonderful teacher. Any child that ever had her was very very lucky. She and and John were close to Bob and I and we were all members of the Portsmouth Yacht club. It was always nice to be part of her and Johns company. She certainly will be missed by all.
Ann & Bob Watson
July 6, 2018
Many fond memories of Mrs. Gailey and Sherburne School. It was a pleasure running into her through the years, she seemed to always remember her former students. My condolences to her family.
Paula Pesaresi Anderson
July 6, 2018
Gaily Family

Betty will be missed by many including myself and my wife, Suzi. She was a great encouragement to us and we will not forget her. Though she is gone in body, she will be remembered in our hearts. She now resides in her eternal home at peace with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. In that we can rejoice
Dale Tellefsen
July 6, 2018
Dale Tellefsen
July 6, 2018
Dale Tellefsen
July 5, 2018
Dear Jane, John, and Jim,
So sorry to her about your Mom. She was such a great teacher, always connected to her students. Great memories of time spent with all of you.
Susan Maskwa Fort
July 5, 2018
I'm so very sorry for your loss. I hope your wonderful memories help you through this sad time.
Lori Vinciguerra
July 4, 2018
Mrs. Gailey was my fifth grade teacher at Sherburne School. John and Jim were in my class. She was a wonderful teacher.
Condolences to all.
Jeannie Ferguson
July 4, 2018
We remember Betty and John as they were great friends and very loving to the church family.
Harry and Grace Junkins
July 4, 2018
I have such wonderful memories of Betty. Ever the encourager and gentle adviser. She must have been a wonderful teacher. I rejoice with her now ... even as I share the feelings of loss that all her friends are feeling. What joy to see Jesus ... and be reunited with "the love of her life." My heartfelt sympathy to all her family.
June McLaren
July 3, 2018
Our sincere condolences to you. We always enjoyed Betty and John while attending MSBC. Have many fond memories
George & Maggie Buzzell
July 3, 2018
My dear friend. I love you. I miss you. You are precious and dear. You are happy now and have no more pain. Love Becky Beard
Rebecca Beard
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