Nancy Rae (Moody) Betts, 60, died early April 19, 2010, at her home, surrounded by her family.
She was born Dec. 20, 1949, at Redington Hospital in Skowhegan, the daughter of Robert Norman Moody and Clara Mae (Dudley) Moody.
She was raised in Solon and graduated from Solon High in 1968. She later earned a degree in accounting from the Skowhegan Business School.
Nancy moved to Rockland in 1978 and was hired in 1979 by the city to work in a clerical position with the city wastewater treatment plant. A little more than a year later she was transferred to the payroll clerk position for the city’s finance department. Nancy was honored by her city employee colleagues two weeks ago for 31 years of service. Nancy felt privileged to work with so many fine people over the many years.
She continued to work through her illness, including the past four years of chemotherapy, radiation and, in the past five months, declining health. She continued to work until April 9 and even days before her death had planned on returning to work.
Nancy and Stephen Betts were married April 30, 1983, by the Rev. Dan Arnold at the Congregational Church in Rockland. They would have celebrated their 27th anniversary next week.
She was predeceased by her parents; an older sister, Marilyn Moody; and two daughters, Valerie Rae Betts and Jessica Lynn Betts.
She is survived by her husband; a daughter, Jacquelyn Betts, of Rockland; a son, Jonathan Betts, of Old Town; two granddaughters, Kayla Rae Betts and Emma Lynn Ulvila of Rockland; two brothers, Stephen Moody and his wife, Cindy Shepard, of Sidney and Lawrence Moody and his wife, Linda Moody, also of Sidney; and several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.
Nancy most enjoyed being a mother and grandmother. Her grandchildren would spend evenings sitting with “Nana” reading a story or watching a Strawberry Shortcake movie. Nancy loved to shop for clothing for her little granddaughters, who already have many full outfits for the next two years, thanks to Nana.
She also enjoyed scrapbooking, using the many thousands of photographs she had taken over the years. Nancy took so many photos that the grandchildren mimic her by saying “just one more” when they make-believe taking pictures with their toy cameras.
Nancy wanted to thank the staff at the Cancer Care Center at Penobscot Bay Medical Center for their compassionate care over the years and especially Dr. Karen Backman. The nurses from Kno-Wal-Lin Hospice also were a great help in her final days. Karl Gottshalk offered support in the difficult hours following Nancy’s death.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Bob Gagnon Cancer Fund, c/o Pen Bay Healthcare, 22 White St., Rockland, ME 04841; or Kno-Wal-Lin Hospice, 170 Pleasant St., Rockland, ME 04841.
The memorial service will be Sunday, May 2 at 2 p.m. at the Rockland Congregational Church on Limerock Street.