BetseySue Halcott (Middleton), age 86, of Lebanon Ct, passed away on Thursday, April 23rd at St. Joseph Living Center, Windham Ct. of natural causes. BetseySue was Born at home in Falmouth, MA August 24,1933, she was a daughter of the late Harold and Marion Middleton. As a teenager, BetseySue met and fell in love with Harold Halcott Jr. They were married on June 28, 1952 in Worcester MA. they resided there until Harold was transferred to work in CT in 1958. They lived in Lebanon, where they made their home and raised their family. They were married 65 years together until Harold predeceased her on February 29, 2016. BetseySue worked in the dietary dept. At Memorial Hospital in Worcester Ma. As young woman and years later she worked in the Lebanon School system as a cook for many years until her retirement. She had many interests was involved in many organizations which Included being a member of The order of Rainbow for Girls dating back to 1951. A girl scout leader and member of the CT Trails Council , She was a member of The Jonathan Trumbull Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and dressed in costume and gave tours at the Trumbull house and stables located in Lebanon CT. She marched with pride with the DAR in the Memorial Day parade for years. She was a member of the Lebanon Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxillary , a member of The Rhode Island Mobilesport Fishermens club in RI, and served as secretary for a term. She was a devoted member of the First Baptist Church in Lebanon CT, where she taught Sunday school and was known for her coffee breads which she baked for their annual rummage sales and Christmas Bazaar. She especially loved watching the children sing on children’s Sunday and Christmas pageant. She was an avid reader and could read several books at a time and enjoyed her weekly trips to the Jonathan Trumbull library .She was an accomplished knitter and crocheter and lovingly made Hats, mittens, slippers and beautiful sweaters for her daughters and great granddaughters. Her first sweater was for Harold on their first Christmas as a married couple. She also made beautiful quilts for her family and many baby showers. She loved camping and sailing and enjoyed many cross country trips a well as weekends to the beach fishing in RI with Harold, They traveled to Washington State in 1979 with their camper and drove the Alaskan Highway. It was a trip of a lifetime. She raced Harolds truck on the ice in Lake George N.Y. enjoyed snowmobiling and ice skating as well. It was a life well lived shared with her childhood sweetheart Harold and they are together again. BetseySue will be forever missed and loved by her family which includes her daughters, Laura Griswold and her husband Mark, of Amston ,Audrey Halcott and companion James Otka Jr of Canterbury; three grandchildren, Mark Ciliano, Jr. and his companion Jennifer Bessette of Lisbon, Joshua Fuller of Norwich, Jonathan Raiola and his wife, Holly of Manchester; seven great grandchildren which she would proudly tell you includes three sets of twins, Jade, Jerico, Jewell, Jason, Ciliano, Joshua, Jr., Jetta,Jasmine and Jordan Fuller, Hannah, Haylie and Harper Raiola along with other family members and close friends. In addition to both of her parents and her beloved husband, BetseySue was predeceased by her siblings, James Middleton of Elmira N.Y. and Marion Jean Priest and her husband Stanley of Zephyrhills Fla. The family would like to Thank all of the staff at St. Josephs Living Center, Windham CT for the loving care and kindness they showed BetseySue and her family during the time she spent there. Any donations may be made to the First Baptist Church Lebanon and St Joseph’s Living Center Windham.
A graveside service and burial will be held on Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 11am at New Lebanon Cemetery, Waterman Road in Lebanon.
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