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“Dear Linda and Todd, I'm sorry to have missed your mothers services.But plans have been made that I couldn't get out of.Betty and I were very close,...Read More »
1 of 6 | Posted by: Shari - swanzey, NH

“Linda and Todd, My sincerest condolences to you both on the passing of your Mother. I have often wondered what became of her and never knew how to...Read More »
2 of 6 | Posted by: Maryanne Lincoln Geske - Redlands, CA

“Linda,Todd and Families- My deepest condolences to you on the loss of your Mom. I always enjoyed talking with her when I would meet her at the...Read More »
3 of 6 | Posted by: Margaret Dyer - Orange, MA

“I just want to offer my heart felt condolences to the whole family. Betty will be missed here at King James Court. She always had a smile for every...Read More »
4 of 6 | Posted by: Carole Livingston - Orange, MA

“To Linda, Todd and famlies, My sincere sympathy to you all. Your Mom was much fun when we worked at Dexter Park. Sincerely Nan Hunt ”
5 of 6 | Posted by: Nan Hunt - Orange, MA

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Betty Jane Watkins ORANGE- Betty Jane Watkins, 87, a long time resident of the Athol-Orange area, passed away on April 4, 2010 at Presbyterian Hospice in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She was born in Detroit, MI on March 8, 1923 a daughter of Fred and Dorothy Todd. After the death of her mother, she went to live with her aunt in Portsmouth, NH. In 1945, Betty married returning WW2 veteran Staff Sgt. Charles G. Watkins whose civilian career as a manager with the W. T. Grant Company stores would take the couple to a number of towns throughout New England, including the Athol-Orange area in 1952 and again in 1965 to the present. From 1941 to 1945 during the war, Betty worked as a secretary under the direction of the Commander-in-Chief, submarine division, at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. She also worked at EA Mills in Bennington, VT prior to her children being born. Betty's main focus in life was her family and was foremost a mother and homemaker. When her children were young she worked part time at Butterfield School in Orange, as well as the Orange Pharmacy after the children had left the nest. She enjoyed spending her leisure time with the family by the ocean in York, ME and the winter months with her daughter in New Mexico. Betty was also an active member of the "TRIAD" program sponsored by the Orange Police Department. Survivors include her daughter, Linda Barnhart and her husband Steve, of Albuquerque, New Mexico; a son, Charles Todd Watkins and his wife Janet, of Swanzey, NH; and her two grandchildren, Cody Watkins and Nicholas Barnhart. Betty was predeceased by her husband Charles G. Watkins in 1980. Calling hours will be held on Friday, April 9th from 5-7 p.m. at Witty's Funeral Home, 158 South Main Street, Orange. Funeral services will be held on Saturday morning, April 10th at 10 a.m. at Witty's Funeral Home in Orange, with Rev. Megan Leary of the Orange Central Congregational Church officiating. Interment will follow in South Cemetery, Orange. In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to Presbyterian Hospice, 8100 Constitution Place NE, Suite 400, Albuquerque, NM 87110. Witty's Funeral Home, 158 South Main Street, Orange, is directing the arrangements. Guest book and directions are available online at www.wittyfuneralhome.com

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