Betty Wales


Sandrock Ridge resident Betty Wales passed away peacefully on Nov. 22, 2006. She was 87.

Wales loved to shop for antiques and refurbish them. She was a wonderful craftswoman. She made many lovely things, including quilts, pillows and counted cross-stitch that decorated her room at Sandrock.

Betty was born in Pelham, N.Y., on March 6, 1919, to Elizabeth Walker Levy and Edward Levy. Betty had two sisters, Dorothy and Muriel.

Betty married George Nelson (Crosby) Houston in 1941, and they had three children, Jeffrey Nelson Houston, Randall Crosby Houston and Susan Emily (Suzy) Houston-Pattillo.

Betty and George lived in Yonkers, N.Y., until George died in 1962. Betty remarried George's best friend, Richard "Dick" Wales after his wife, Frieda, died in 1969. Betty and Dick had many happy years together until Dick died in 1997 in Yonkers.

Betty moved to Hayden in 2003 and lived at The Haven for five months to be closer to her daughter Suzy Pattillo and her family.

Betty then moved to Heritage Park Care Center in Carbondale until finally moving to Sandrock Ridge in August 2005.

Betty was a dedicated churchwoman. She loved to iron altar linens from the Church of Ascension in Mount Vernon, N.Y. She never tired of organizing church fairs, where she sold her crafts. She was also a den mother and was always involved with the PTA.

She is survived by her sister, Muriel "Mudge" Schumann of Keene, N.H.; sons, Jeffrey Houston of Vail and Randy Houston of New Windsor, N.Y.; daughter, Suzy Pattillo; granddaughter, Kira Pattillo; and son-in-law, Joe Pattillo, all of Oak Creek; and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be sent to the Alzheimer's Association. A memorial service will be at a later date.

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