Anne Brantley Betts

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Anne Brantley Betts

January 07, 1935 - September 29, 2018

Magnolia - Anne (Andrew) Brantley Betts of Gloucester passed peacefully at home on Saturday, September 29, 2018, surrounded by family and friends.
Born in Boston on January 7, 1935, she was the daughter of Sumner B. and Bunnie Andrew and sister to Tom and Eben. Graduating from the Brimmer May School in Boston, her family divided their time between Annisquam and Boston before moving to Gloucester permanently. Anne's adventures in life included living in Ghana, West Africa for four years with her husband and children during her first marriage.
Her role as mother, grandmother and great-grandmother was her biggest joy in life; she was actively involved in Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts and the PTA. Living at Bass Rocks she enjoyed being at the beach surrounded by her kids and their friends. Her favorite pastime was spending time at the Beach Club and Eastern Point Yacht Club with friends and family. When she wasn't with her friends and family, she was very active in the community and volunteered in a multitude of roles for many different organizations.
As a longtime member of St. John's Episcopal Church in Gloucester, she took great pleasure in working on the annual bazaars and could always be found at the jewelry table smiling.
She is survived by her children, Beth Williams and husband, Al, Bill Brantley and George Brantley, all of Gloucester, Suzanne Tan and husband Dennis of Charlotte NC, and Jeff Brantley and wife, Angela of Port Townsend, WA. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Andrew, Jessica, Michael and Alexandra and great-grandson, Jameson. She leaves her dear brother Eben Andrew and wife, Sandy and her sister-in-law, Nan and is also survived by her niece Molly and her nephews, Mark and John.
Anne was predeceased by husbands Jim Brantley and Wyllis Betts and her loving brother, Tom Andrew.
Anne’s Celebration of Life will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, October 5, 2018 at St John's Episcopal Church, 48 Middle St, Gloucester. Friends are invited to join the family immediately afterwards in the Church Fellowship Hall.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Anne's memory to St. John's Episcopal Church in Gloucester, Hospice/Care Dimensions of Danvers and Cape Ann Animal Aid Association. For online condolences and register book please visit The Pike-Newhall Funeral Home, 61 Middle St., Gloucester is assisting the family with arrangements.
Published on October 4, 2018
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Denise Nearis
Oct 10, 2018
Our heartfelt sympathies to all in Anne's family (Mrs. Brantley as we knew her). She and her family helped my mother and us kids when we needed it most. Mrs. Brantley remained friends with our mother Pauline for years. Their friendship was true to the core and they had many laughs together. Remembering the Beach Club where Mrs. Brantley maintained her tan. Rest in peace my dear lady. Love to all, The Nearis Kids.
Alison Nearis-Martin
Oct 09, 2018
I will always remember Mrs. Brantley as a 'bright spot' in my childhood memories; always so kind, beautiful and friendly; she also intoduced me to my first Pop Tart on Atlantic Road!
Most importantly, she was a great and supportive friend to my Mother and my entire family in the early years and maintained her 'sunny' attitude despite her challenges when my Mother would visit in recent years; those visits were very meaningful to her.
To her entire family and all that loved her, please accept my and my family's sincerest sympathies.
Cindy Schimanski
Oct 05, 2018
Anne was a lovely woman full of smiles and kind words. Heartfelt condolences and hugs to her family.
Jackie Bell
Oct 04, 2018
Anne was a lovely person who will be missed by members of the Beach Club. J.J. and I send our most sincere condolences as we are out of the country.
Peggy oneill
Oct 04, 2018
Anne was a wonderful woman and neighbor . She and Pete had a great friendship. Out of the country. Sorry to miss here service. Love and blessings to all❤️
Joe Ahearn
Oct 04, 2018
Anne's goddaughter, Hannah, and I send our most sincere condolences.