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Betty Stretton

Betty B Stretton

1919 - 2019

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Obituary of Betty B Stretton


Betty Bernice Stretton of Newtown, formerly of Westport, died May 11 at Filosa Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Danbury.  She was 99.

She was born May 27, 1919 in Omaha, Nebraska, a daughter of the late Walker and Bernice (Penland) Davis. She was a 1936 graduate of Glendale High School, Glendale, California, obtained her Bachelor’s Degree from UCLA in 1940 and a Master’s Degree from USC in 1942. 

She served in the WAVES during World War II stationed at the Naval base in Pensacola, Florida as a control tower operator. It is here that she met her future husband, Thomas Stretton, a Navy pilot. 

They married at Pensacola on Dec. 1, 1944. She was employed for a time as librarian at Rockland Community College in Suffern, New York.

Betty has been a resident of Connecticut since 1977 when she moved to Westport and was a member of the Greens Farms Congregational Church. 

She liked reading, gardening and studying history. Betty loved learning different languages, making her seven years living in Taiwan and Tokyo most enjoyable.

She is survived by two daughters, JoAnne Stretton of Newtown, Bernice Stretton Slater and partner Ross Uhlfelder of Staatsburg, New York, her son Thomas E. Stretton Jr. and wife Shelby of Long Valley, New Jersey; four grandchildren, Jessica Stretton and partner Brian MacMillan of Manhattan, Kendra Slater Venhorst and husband Matthew of Simsbury, Douglas Slater and wife Kara of West Simsbury, and Stephanie Slater of Boston, two step-grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by two sons, Frederick and James Stretton.

A graveside service will be held on Thursday, May 16, 2019 in the Willowbrook Cemetery, Westport at 1 p.m.

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1:00 pm - 1:20 pm
Thursday, May 16, 2019
Willowbrook Cemetery
395 Main Street
Westport, Connecticut, United States


Section 12, Row 5, Grave No. 8 S/D