Elizabeth L. (Kelso) Silvers

January 8th, 2013

Elizabeth L. (Kelso) Silvers “Betty”, age 89, of Kingston, NH, formerly of Wilmington, MA, died peacefully on January 5, 2013 at The Edgewood Center in Portsmouth, NH.

Elizabeth was born on August 20, 1923 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She was the daughter of the late Newton and Dorothy (Lidoff) Kelso. Betty was raised and educated in Indiana. She attended St. Joseph’s Hospital School of Nursing where she earned her Diploma in Nursing and became a Registered Nurse. She furthered her education at Indiana University.

Elizabeth married John Phillip “Jack” Silvers in November 1945. Together the couple shared 64 years of marriage and raised a beautiful family before his passing in April 2010.  Betty and Jack lived in Lafayette, IN while Jack continued his studies at Purdue University, then moved for a number of years to Park Forest, IL. Employment opportunities brought them to Wilmington, MA  where they resided for nearly 50 years until retiring to Kingston, NH in 2000 to be closer to family.

After her graduation, Betty worked as a Medical-Surgical Nurse at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Ft. Wayne, IN until she took time off to raise her family.  During her hiatus from nursing, among her many activities, she taught nursery school at Stepping Stones  in Wilmington, where she thoroughly enjoyed working with the children. In 1966, Betty returned to her passion of Nursing, took a refresher course at Massachusetts General and then  took a position at the Winchester Hospital.  She worked in the Medical-Surgical Unit, Intensive Care, was promoted to Head Nurse and Nursing Supervisor all before retiring in 1985. Betty’s recent education and quick response earned her the distinction  of being the first person at Winchester Hospital to resuscitate a cardiac arrest victim by defibrillator.   Her compassion for her patients and her dedication to her profession were unwavering. She was a pioneer in the field and opened many doors for the next generation of nurses.

Betty will be fondly remembered for her talents in needlework, arts, and crafts; her many creations were shared with family and friends and will be treasured always.

She will also be remembered for her “athletic ability”; at the young age of 40 she reluctantly learned to ski, but  grew to love it so much that she helped teach her grandchildren to ski as well. She was an avid golfer and kept active bowling when there was too much snow to golf.   She enjoyed snorkeling and sailing in Bermuda with her family and friends.

Betty was a woman of great faith and a long standing member of the First Congregational Church in Wilmington, MA.  She was very active in the church teaching Sunday School and being the Sunday School Superintendent for many years.  She was a youth ministry volunteer and was active in the Women’s Group, then known as the Ladies’ Benevolent Society, where she chaired the “North Branch.”
Her giving and kindness stretched far beyond her family and friends. She took on the responsibility as Salvation Army Annual Appeal Chairperson for several years and helped countless families in need. Elizabeth was always giving of her time and talents, volunteering whenever needed and helping anyone and everyone she could.

Betty had a wonderful wit and could see the humor in almost any situation. She had  great spirit of adventure, always ready and willing to participate in whatever was going on. Yet she was the calm in a storm. She was very kind and nurturing, with a soft spot for children and the elderly, however family was first and foremost; her devotion and love for her family were unconditional.  She was truly a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother who will be greatly missed. Her endearing personality, kindness and generosity will never be forgotten by those whose lives she has touched.

Elizabeth was the beloved wife of the late John P. “Jack” Silvers, devoted mother of Cheryl J. S.  Park and J. Thomas Silvers both of Kingston, NH, and the late Terry A. Silvers, loving grandmother of William Park, Jr., Bradly Park, and Maegan Silvers, great-grandmother of Nathan Diffin, dear daughter of the late Newton and Dorothy (Lidoff) Kelso, sister of Charles Kelso of Michigan, Mary Hemsuth of Indiana, and the late Ruth Beikus, Alfred, Francis, and James Kelso. Elizabeth is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours will be held at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Sunday, January 20th from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. immediately followed by a funeral home service at 3:00 p.m. Memorial donations in Elizabeth’s name may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 311 Arsenal St., Watertown, MA 02472.


3 Entries in Guest Book for “Elizabeth L. (Kelso) Silvers”

  1. Lloyd and Patti Park says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May your heart heal because you know your Mom is at peace now. Love you. xx

  2. Ruth Park Fuss says:

    Oh how I admired Betty Silvers. She was always so upbeat even in the darkest hours. May she rest in peace.
    My love and prayers go out to dear Cheryl, Billie, Brad, Nate, Jeannie and Toy, Plus Tom and his family.
    I love the picture. Gosh, she was a beautiful young woman. Thanks for sharing it.
    Love, Ruth

  3. Judy and Ed Hunter says:

    Oh what a beautiful picture of Betty. She was lovely inside and out.
    We will miss that wonderful, positive spirit and the twinkly in her eyes.

    Judy & Ed

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