OBITUARY: Kathleen Rita (Coolberth) Betts, 80

Below is an obituary from Nichols Funeral Home:

WILMINGTON, MA — Kathleen Rita (Coolberth) Betts, age 80, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away on February 5, 2021 at Lahey Clinic in Burlington.

Kathy was born on October 22, 1940 in Cambridge, MA; she was the cherished daughter of the late Philip E. and Mary J. (Regan) Coolberth. Kathy was raised in Watertown and graduated from Watertown High School.

Kathy married John D. Betts, Sr. on January 12, 1963. They settled in Wilmington in 1971, where they raised their two children: Karen and John. Kathy was a full-time Mom, a role she adored immediately following her first cup of coffee. It was her greatest joy to spoil children; her house was always filled with the happy sounds of neighborhood kids, cousins, friends, and family. Kathy always had a freezer full of popsicles and every ice cream you could imagine. When she wasn’t chauffeuring her kids and their friends around town, she loved attending school functions and sporting events.

While her children were in school, Kathy worked several different jobs such as a lunch lady at the West Intermediate School and a cashier at the Village Apothecary. Kathy loved working with kids and enjoyed meeting many Wilmington residents as her customers at the pharmacy.

In her spare time, Kathy enjoyed gardening. She also loved the beach, especially White Horse Beach in Plymouth where she spent the summers at her family cottage. She particularly loved holidays with her family, especially Christmas. She always made Christmas spectacular and loved to see her kids buried in presents… a tradition that spilled over to her grandkids as well.

Kathy was a devoted wife and a warm and kind mother, who was always there to care for and comfort her family and friends. She was universally known as “Auntie Kathy” because of her gentle-hearted nature, which was open to everyone who knew her. She will be greatly missed by all those who loved her.

Kathy was the beloved wife of John D. Betts, Sr.; devoted mother of Karen Stapp & her husband Joe of Dawsonville, GA and John D. Betts, Jr. & his wife Brianna of Bellingham, MA; loving “Grandma” and “Mimi” of Noah, Cosette, Callie, Summer, and Rhys; dear sister of the late Nora Hurd, Philip Coolberth, Sheila Hays, and Thomas Coolberth. Kathy is also survived by her loving niece, Tara LaFrance, as well as many other special nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Kathy will be private.

Memorial donations in Kathy’s name may be made to The Ronald McDonald House at Stanford: https://rmhcbayarea.org/help/give/.

Kathleen Rita (Coolberth) Betts

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