Elizabeth Anne (Ferriter) Cotter, lovingly referred to as Betsy by her family, passed away suddenly in her Hollywood, Fla., home on August 19, 2021. Betsy was born during a snowstorm on December 28, 1950, to Richard and Eleanor Ferriter in Hull, Mass., at the southern edge of the Boston Harbor. Betsy graduated high school from Notre Dame Academy in 1969. She was a first-rate scholar and an all-state basketball point guard nicknamed "Swish". After high school, Betsy attended Boston College, where she obtained her bachelor's degree in Education in 1973, finishing third in her class. She also earned her master's degree in Special Education at Boston College in 1974. She was always proud to be a member of the first graduating class with open enrollment for women at Boston College. On July 23, 1968, Betsy and Bob Cotter had their first date at the Weymouth drive-in movie theater. Upon graduation from Boston College, they married, honeymooned, and moved to Hawaii where they pursued their careers and started a family. During 14 years in Hawaii, Betsy was an educator, principal, and ultimately the Executive Director of the Easter Seals Society of Hawaii. Betsy's mission was to help deaf and blind children of mothers who contracted rubella (German measles) during their first trimester of pregnancy. In this pursuit, Betsy built numerous group homes to house local children in need and raised several million dollars in federal funding to support this cause. While family was clearly Betsy's favorite passion, she had many others. As a young girl she was an avid sailor. She was a die-hard fan of all Boston sports teams and loved to travel. In her travels she lived on three continents, six different states, and built 19 loving homes. Betsy loved chasing rainbows, which brought her to some of the most beautiful beaches all over the world. She enjoyed an occasional day at the races, especially nights at the Hong Kong Jockey Club Happy Valley Racecourse. Betsy enjoyed volunteering at the International School of Brussels Raider Cafe and cofounded an annual golf tournament which raised money for ISB athletics. Another passion of Betsy's was exploring the Irish countryside, especially going to the small town of Baile an Fheirtearaigh (Ballyferriter), her family's ancestral home. She was famous for her red sauce, Nene's homemade ice cream, her contagious laughter, and her one-liner, "No hooligans pulling shenanigans", usually directed at the three bears. Betsy is survived by her husband of 47 years Bob Cotter, her children Bob Jr. and spouse Madga Brown, Joe and spouse Ciara LaVelle, and Colleen; and by her deceased brother Bob Ferriter's three sons, who Betsy lovingly called "the three bears", Bob Jr. and spouse Esther Kim, Ryan and fiance Sarah Falvey, and Steven and spouse Rory Cellucci Ferriter. According to Betsy, the best title she ever had was Nene, given to her by her oldest grandson Finley. Betsy loved every second she spent with her grandchildren Finley, Caidan, and Mia. Betsy is survived by her siblings Richard and spouse Kaye Ferriter; Jim and spouse Patti Ferriter; Ellen (Ferriter) McCallister and spouse Kevin McCallister, and their children. Furthermore she is survived by numerous in-laws, Cotter outlaws, and too many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends to count. Betsy was considered a second mom to many and opened her door to anyone in need. There will be a celebration of Betsy's life on July 23, 2022, the 54th anniversary of Betsy and Bob's first date, in the South Shore of Massachusetts. Details to come at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to The Jimmy Fund in Betsy's honor. The details for Betsy's Jimmy Fund giving page can be found on the following link https://danafarber.jimmyfund.org/site/TR
Published by The Patriot Ledger on Sep. 2, 2021.