Elizabeth Anne (Harris) Good, a devoted mother and grandmother, steadfast friend, and charming, gracious lady, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on January 4 at the Seacoast Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was 84.
Elizabeth, called Betty Anne by all who knew her, was born in Gloucester on May 8, 1933, the daughter of the late Daniel F. Harris Jr. and Mary C. (Steele) Harris. She attended Gloucester High School, where she was a bit of a trailblazer: she was, she liked to remember, the first girl to wear dungarees to the school.
Betty Anne graduated Smith College in 1955 with a degree in English. She took a job at Harvard Medical School and moved to Beacon Hill in Boston, where she met Timothy Good. They married in 1958. Betty Anne was a stay-at-home mother for 20 years, raising five rambunctious boys, who were a constant source of joy and pride; she loved sharing stories of her boys with all she met.
She worked in downtown Gloucester as a travel agent and then worked for many years at the Sawyer Free Library. She and Timothy enjoyed hosting social events in their home; family and friends invariably remember Betty Anne's fun, welcoming personality. She also found time to serve as the president of the Addison Gilbert Hospital Women's Auxiliary and on the YMCA Building Committee.
As a longtime member of the Bass Rocks Golf Club, Betty Anne made many lifelong friends and regularly impressed other golfers with her long drives. She played in the annual Ladies Invitational for decades, first with her mother and then with her cousin and best friend Norma Tarr. Betty Anne and Timothy served as golf club social chairs, organizing many delightful parties.
From earliest childhood, Betty Anne spent many hours on Good Harbor Beach with her friends and family. She loved birds - she had a particular fondness for cardinals - and taught all of her boys to identify the species that visited the backyard bird feeders (she was, however, less fond of the squirrels). As a child, Betty Anne had a beloved pony, and her fondness for horses continued throughout her life.
She relished the challenge of doing the Sunday New York Times crossword and was often caught giggling when her sons watched "The Three Stooges." Betty Anne's intelligence was matched by her sharp wit and her clear confidence; she neither hesitated to speak up when needed nor backed down when challenged.
In 1996, Betty Anne and Timothy fell in love with Florida and moved to the town of Stuart, where they enjoyed relaxing on their lanai and hosting family and friends before they returned north.
She is survived by her son Timothy, his wife Eileen, and their daughter Emily of Rockport; son Jonathan, his wife Susan, and their children Jonathan Jr., Whitney and Courtney of Gloucester; son Christopher and his wife Robyn of Providence, RI; son Matthew and his wife Erin of Gloucester; and son Patrick, his wife Sarah, and their daughter Beatrix of Gloucester. In addition to her immediate family, she is survived by Norma Tarr and her sisters-in-law Carol Pascal and Sandra Harris, with whom she was very close.
She was predeceased by her husband Timothy W. Good III and her brother Daniel F. Harris III.
Her funeral mass will be celebrated in Our Lady of Good Voyage Church on Wednesday, January 10, at 9:30 a.m. Extended family and friends are cordially invited to attend.
Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday, from 5 to 8 p.m., at the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington St., Gloucester. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Friends of Seacoast, 292 Washington Street, Gloucester. For online condolences, please visit www.greelyfuneralhome.com.
Published on January 7, 2018