Betty Ann L'Esperance
Westford Healy Funeral Home
57 N Main St
Westford, MA
Betty Ann (Schullian) L'Esperance, 79, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, May 31, 2021, in Marlborough, MA. Betty Ann was born on November 12, 1941, to James Emmett and Margaret Mary (Schmit) Schullian in Quincy, IL. She graduated from Notre Dame High School in Quincy and St. John's Hospital School of Nursing in Springfield, IL. She fondly recalled working as a registered nurse in hospital operating and recovery rooms in Springfield; Colorado Springs, CO; and Belleville, IL, and as a camp nurse in the Ozarks of Missouri. She later served as a beloved school nurse at all grade levels for more than 17 years in Westford, MA. She touched many lives as a kind, thoughtful and selfless friend and professional. Betty married now-retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Donald A. LEsperance on January 11, 1969, in Shiloh, IL. Due to Dons military assignments, the couple lived in Belleville, IL; East Hanover, NJ; Westford, MA; Dhahran, Saudi Arabia; and Satellite Beach, FL. Betty was a devoted mother to her four children: Mark (Wendy) LEsperance, Fort Mill, SC; Brett (Emily) L'Esperance, Wayland, MA; Cristin (Dan) Marposon, Springfield, VA; and Faith (Brady) Hermann, Medfield, MA. She was the loving grandmother of 12 grandchildren: Nate, Ella and CeCe L'Esperance, Wayland; Lilly, Aidan and Daisy L'Esperance, Fort Mill; Colton, Abby and Riley Hermann, Medfield; and Luke, Lydia and Silas Marposon, Springfield. Betty cherished the companionship of her pets, Suki, Mitzi, Tee and Louise. She treasured making special holiday, birthday and vacation memories for and with her whole family. Betty's family, friends and faith in God brought her the greatest joy on this side of heaven. She served St. Catherine of Alexandria Catholic Church in Westford as a Eucharistic minister, CCD teacher and lector for many years. Through the chapters of her life, she enjoyed rooting for her favorite teamthe Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team, birdwatching, photography, entertaining, visiting the beach, and family and friend reunions in her hometown, Quincy, IL. Betty loved traveling and visited Alaska, Australia, several European countries, Hawaii, Ireland, Thailand, and many U.S. states. She leaves behind her two sisters, Sister JoAn Schullian, OSF, Decatur, IL, and Kathleen (Paul) Leo, Palo Alto, CA; her sister-in-law Joan K. Schullian, Herrin, IL; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and younger brother Edward J. Schullian. Relatives and friends are invited to Betty's Memorial Funeral Mass on Saturday, June 19, 2021, at 9 AM in St. Catherine of Alexandria Church, 107 N. Main Street, Westford. Burial will follow in St. Catherine Cemetery. To honor Betty, donations may be made in her name to St. John's College of Nursing, via the St. John's Foundation, 800 E. Carpenter St., Springfield, IL, 62769, or online at, or to the Salvation Army Quincy Area Command, 501 Broadway St., Quincy, IL, 62301, or online at www.salvationarmyquincy. org. To share condolences and memories, please visit
Published by Eagle-Independent from Jun. 8 to Jun. 11, 2021.
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St. Catherine of Alexandria Church
107 North Main Street, Westford, MA
St. Catherine Cemetery
20 Pine Ridge Road, Westford, MA
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So sorry to hear of Betty's passing. A wonderful neighbor and friend, I'm sure she'll be missed by all who knew her.
Carol and Rick Rosa
July 9, 2021
God, I miss our Mom.
Mark Lesperance
June 27, 2021
We are so sorry for your loss. Always great memories being at the L'Esperance house growing up and playing sports with the kids. A great matriarch of a great family, leaving behind a great legacy in her children and their families.
TJ Johnston
Family Friend
June 24, 2021
Dauntless Air Family
June 16, 2021
Love Lary and Hilda Thomas
June 16, 2021
We are so sorry to hear about Betty I was shocked She was a lovely sweet lady,She was our Maid ofHonor at our Wedding on April 15 1961 at St.Francis churchShe will be missed. God bless your family! Camille and Dave Harvey from Quincy IL.
Dave and Camille Harvey
June 14, 2021
I'm so sorry to hear about Mrs. L'Esperance. I remember her fondly from really many years of my life, from being my school nurse and CCD teacher as a young kid, seeing her at the softball games when we played in high school and seeing her in church in my older years and down at Forge Beach when I'd walk my dog I'd often see her down there and we'd hug and she'd tell me about all you kids and her grandkids. I'm just so very sorry. Kate Overton (Herrmann), Westford
Kate Overton (Herrmann)
June 14, 2021
Sending condolences to the L'esperance family on your loss. I recall Betty from the days I worked with Don at Hanscom.
Dick Axtell
June 13, 2021
My thoughts & prayers are with you.
Blessings,Jo Anne McClendon
Jo Anne McClendon
June 12, 2021
Betty and I were classmates at St. John's and remained close friends since then. I was so shocked and heartsick to hear of her passing. We met in Quincy every summer for many years when she came for her family reunion. Covid prevented that from happening last year and I dearly missed seeing her. My heartfelt condolences to Don and all her children, Sister JoAnn and Kathleen. I am sure the angels welcomed her into paradise.
Judy Stauder Lawless
June 11, 2021
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
Roger and Marydine Frankenhoff
June 8, 2021
TJ and Beth Rivet
June 8, 2021
Betty's passing must be so difficult for her beloved family. She was such a gentle, kind, loving person. I am very sorry and will miss Betty as a neighbor and book club friend.
Donna Chadwick
June 7, 2021
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