Betty Lovejoy, 87, British native, volunteer

Betty Foote Lovejoy died on July 5 at the Stone Institute of Newton, Mass. She was 87.

She was born in Pemberton, Wigan, Lancashire, England. A “war bride”, she immigrated to the United States after her marriage. She moved to Greenwich and was a resident here for nearly 60 years.

Mrs. Lovejoy was the daughter of the late Eva Johnson and John Henry Foote of Winstanley, Wigan, Lancashire, England, and was the wife of the late Allen F. Lovejoy, Esq. for 53 years.

Mrs. Lovejoy graduated with honors in domestic science from the Wigan Girls High School and won a scholarship to further her studies in college. Her desire to contribute to the war effort found her working in banking, where she met her husband, an American Army captain. An avid gourmet cook, gardener and naturalist, she earned her botany certificate from the New York Botanical Garden and readily shared her knowledge and skills with family and friends.

Both Mrs. Lovejoy and her husband were active members of St. Paul’s Church where she sang in the church choir and, as a prolific needlepoint artist, contributed kneelers. An avid golfer and tennis player she won many awards and championships at both the Riverside Yacht Club and the Stanwich Club. Always proud of her British upbringing, she was an active member of the Daughters of the British Empire for many years, serving as chapter regent. Her longest commitment was to the Greenwich Hospital Auxiliary, volunteering more than 4,000 hours in the coffee shop and gift shop, sharing her culinary skills and British humor to the delight of staff and visitors.

Mrs. Lovejoy is survived by her three children, Jennifer L. Craddock and her husband Edward of Massachusetts, Charles F. Lovejoy of Massachusetts and Allen P. Lovejoy and his wife Lorain of Connecticut, as well as seven grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on Aug. 17 at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Church, Riverside. Memorial contributions may be made to the Greenwich Hospital Foundation, 5 Perry Ridge Road, Greenwich CT 06830 or at greenhosp.org/giving/how-to-donate.

 

—by the staff

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