ROCKLAND — Mary Elizabeth Bettney, 79, of Rockland died Thursday, July 5, 2012, at Pen Bay Medical Center after a long illness.
Born in Thomaston July 9, 1932, she was the dear daughter of Floyd and Fila Lawrence Berry. Educated in local schools, she was a 1950 graduate of Rockland High School.
Mary served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War as a chaplain yeoman. She worked for Methodist Conference Home as a secretary, was employed by the state of Maine Department of Human Resources and then transferred to the Department of Transportation until her retirement.
Her greatest joy was seeing her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Mary’s family was the most important thing to her. She loved going on Sunday rides and driving to see different State Parks. Her hobbies were needlepoint, puzzles, and painting. She made the best apple pie. She was proud of her heritage and enjoyed working on her genealogy. Her great-grandfather was the pioneering sardine packer, MC Lawrence; he founded the North Lubec Manufacturing and Canning Company and had sardine factories in Lubec, Belfast and Rockland.
She also was a direct descendant of Col. John Allen, superintendent of the Native Americans of Eastern Maine, Machias and Col. John Crane, Sons of Liberty, Boston Tea Party, and she was a descendant of many Mayflower families.
Predeceased by her two brothers, Howard and Lawrence Cole, and her loving husband of 35 years, Ralph Bettney, she is survived by her children, Pamela Butman and her husband, John, of Spruce Head Island, Chief Petty Officer Douglas Donahue, U.S. Navy-retired and his wife, Michele, of Hull, Mass., son Stephen Donahue and his wife, Sheila, of Brunswick, stepson Mark Bettney of Falmouth; five grandchildren, Heather Dozier, Travis Donahue, Jason Butman, Adam Butman and Katelyn Butman; eight great-grandchildren, Jacob Butman, Julie Butman, Hewett Butman, Logan Donahue, Kamryn Dwayne Donahue, D’Sean Dozier, Derek Dozier and Olivia Butman; as well as several nieces and nephews.
At Mrs. Bettney’s request, services will be private. Interment with military honors will be held at Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Augusta. To share a memory or condolence with Mary’s family, please visit her Book of Memories at www.bchfh.com.
Mary loved animals and was a donor to many animal causes. If you would like to make a donation in her honor please consider Humane Society of Knox County, P.O. Box 1294, Rockland, ME 04841.
Arrangements are in the care of Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St., Rockland.