Obituary of Natalie Bettinson
Natalie M. (Taylor) Bettinson, a resident of Burlington for 52 years, passed away at her home on Tuesday, April 18, 2006. The wife of Howard E. Bettinson, she was 79 years old.
Mrs. Bettinson was born in the family homestead in Woburn. She was the daughter of Irish immigrants, the late Thomas and Sarah Taylor. She grew up and was educated in Woburn. After graduating from Woburn High School in 1944, Natalie went to nursing school at the Choate Hospital in Woburn graduating in 1947. She worked as a nurse until 1955, when she chose to stay home with her family as a mother and homemaker. Although she never returned full time to nursing again, she continued caring for her family and neighborhood friends throughout her life. She was always there for those in need.
Mrs. Bettinson was a woman of strong faith and was member of the original Building Committee for Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church. She was a long time member of the choir and sang as recently as 2 weeks ago. She was also a member of the Mishawum Choral Society. Her family described her as one of the original “Soccer Moms”, driving her 5 children and their friends to their many activities and sports. She enjoyed photography and was always photographing special occasions and family events. She enjoyed bowling and softball. She was an avid Red Sox, Patriots, and Bruins fan. She always looked forward to spending her summers in York Beach Maine and swimming in the ocean no matter what the water temperature was.
Mrs. Bettinson is the beloved wife of Howard E. Bettinson. She is the loving mother of Caryl & her husband Dennis Higgins of Sandown, NH, Mark Bettinson & Joela of Burlington, Kimberly & her husband Bud Cooke of Largo, Fl, Craig Bettinson & his wife Gretchen of York, ME, Robert Bettinson & his wife Stacie of Acton. She is the sister of Olive D. Taylor of Woburn, Donald Taylor & his wife Gene of Bolton, and the late Robert Taylor. She is the grandmother of Sarah, Caitlin, Andrew, & Johanna Higgins, Taylor, Travis, Todd, Haley, Jordan, Devon, Callahan, and Grace Bettinson.
Funeral Services will be held at St. Marks Episcopal Church, 10 St. Marks Road, Burlington on Saturday, April 22 at 9:30 a.m. Visiting hours will be held at the Edward V. Sullivan Funeral Home, 43 Winn St., BURLINGTON (Exit 34 off Rt. 128, Woburn side) on Friday from 4-8 p.m. Interment in Pine Haven Cemetery, Burlington. Donations in Natalie’s name may be made to St. Mark’s Memorial Fund, 10 St. Marks Rd., Burlington, MA 01803 or Alzheimer’s Association, 311 Arsenal St., Watertown, MA 02462.