With a heavy heart, we said goodbye to my mom, on Friday, she has touched many lives and will be missed, although sad to see her go it is comforting to know that she is free of pain and suffering.
Elizabeth Norma “Betty” (Billings) Hall of Linden, Malden, Massachusetts passed away on 6 February 2015 from complications related to Multiple Myeloma at the age of 79. She was born 19 October 1935 in Gardner, Massachusetts to Charles Billings and Yvonne Marie Roy.
Elizabeth was interested in genealogy and proud of her heritage. Her father, a Lithuanian, was born to Juozas Baltrūnas (Billie) of Preibiai, Pasvalys, Lithuania and Salomėja Markevičiūtė (Morris) of Stanioniai, Pasvalys, Lithuania (both near current day Pumpenai, Pasvalys, Lithuania). Betty’s mother, a French Acadian, was born to Pius Dosithée “Paul” Roy of Ste Marie de Kent, New Brunswick, Canada and Laura Marie Melanson of Scoudouc, New Brunswick, Canada.
In the early 1940’s Betty came to the Bellrock section of Malden and was raised by foster parents Joseph and Margaret Galiack. She graduated from Malden High School in 1955 and was awarded a gold key and college scholarship for her art talents. She then worked for John Hancock Insurance Company.
On 18 February 1962, she married Robert “Bob” Hall, son of the Malden veterinarian, Dr. Charles George and Edith Anna (Haines) Hall. Together they raised four children and lots of beloved (mostly stray) cats.
For many years, Betty was a stay at home mom. When her children were young, she was a Cub Scout Den Leader and a CCD teacher at St Joseph’s Parish in Malden. She completed the Religious Master Teacher Program at Aquinas Junior College in 1982. She also worked as a leader at Weight Watchers.
When her youngest child reached school age, Betty became part of the family at Robinson’s News Agency in Malden, where she was employed by the Kramich family until her retirement. In recent years, Betty enjoyed lunching with friends, drawing, reading, watching old TV shows, playing computer games and looking after the feral cat living in her garage, who she lovingly named Lily.
Survivors include her beloved children Linda and John Little (her beloved son-in law, good friend and caregiver, who she loved as a son) of Jackson, New Hampshire; Nancie and John Georgopolous of Raleigh, North Carolina; David Hall of Malden and Michael and Lauren (Fontana) Hall of Reading, Massachusetts.
Her grandchildren Makayla Georgopolous, Zack Georgopolous and Anna Hall, and step-grandchild, Kaitlyn Little were the light of her life. She also leaves a sister, Shirley Billings of Sylacauga, Alabama; a brother Ralph Charles Billings of Las Vegas, Nevada; a brother-in-law Charles George Hall Jr. and wife Ann (Bickford) Hall of Falmouth, Massachusetts; many nieces, nephews, cousins, an aunt and her lifelong best friend Patricia (Gowell) McDevitt of Melrose, Massachusetts.
She was raised with Joseph O’Keefe of Billerica, Massachusetts and the late Thomas O’Keefe of Brockton, MA who were like brothers to her and she thought of their wives and children as true family.
She was predeceased by her husband, who died on 12 December 1993 and a brother Charles Anthony Billings.
Visitation: Tuesday, February 10th from 4:30-6:30pm at Boston Cremation Funeral Home, 287 Main Street, Malden, MA.
Funeral Mass: Wednesday, February 11th at 9am at St. Joseph’s Church, 790 Salem St., Malden. Immediately following the service she will be put to rest with her beloved husband at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.
In lieu of flowers, her wishes were that donations be given to The Kitty Connection, 6 Cudworth Street Medford, Massachusetts 02155 (who captured and found homes for a number kittens living in her garage) http://www.kittyconnection.net/donate/, a donation in her name to your church, to an organization dedicated to finding a cure for Alzheimer’s disease or to any charity of your choice.