At the age of 99, Elizabeth "Betty" Reilly passed away on September 15, 2021. She is survived by her only daughter, Maureen Enright, her two granddaughters Jessica Enright-Polanish and Katherine Enright, and her two great-granddaughters, Raela and Adley Polanish. She is also survived by dozens of nieces and nephews and their families.
Betty was born in Manhattan on August 9, 1922 to Catherine Connelly (a survivor of the Slocum boat fire in Manhattan's East River) and Thomas Connelly. Betty was one of nine children born and raised in Manhattan. Betty was the last child of Catherine and Thomas to pass, marking the end of a long and wonderful chapter for the entire Connelly clan, who at one point had five generations alive.
Betty was fortunate enough to travel the world and work for various companies, including Richard, Rogers + Oscar Hammerstein, Columbia Pictures, and Hertz. She enjoyed her annual vacations to Rincon, Puerto Rico with her best friend, her trip to Paris with her daughter, and many trips to Vermont with her extended family.
Betty lived and worked in Manhattan into her 60s. She then relocated to Greenwich to be close to her daughter and granddaughters. She loved her apartment in Putnam Hill where she made many new friends and enjoyed hosting dinner parties. Betty enjoyed exploring all of Greenwich- especially taking the ferry to Island Beach. The last years of her life were spent at Nathaniel Witherell, where she made new friends and was the Grand Marshal of the St. Patrick's Day parade. She received great care and kindness at Nathaniel Witherell.
The family will be holding a private service this week. She will be interned at the Gallagher Funeral Home and will be buried next to her brother Robbie and her sister Patricia, at St. Mary's on North Street in Greenwich. A memorial service will likely take place in Spring of 2022 when people can gather together safely outside.
Published by Greenwich Time on Sep. 17, 2021.