Kathleen R. Betts

February 8th, 2021

Kathleen Rita (Coolberth) Betts, age 80, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away on February 5, 2021 at Lahey Clinic in Burlington.

Kathy was born on October 22, 1940 in Cambridge, MA; she was the cherished daughter of the late Philip E. and Mary J. (Regan) Coolberth. Kathy was raised in Watertown and graduated from Watertown High School.

Kathy married John D. Betts, Sr. on January 12, 1963. They settled in Wilmington in 1971, where they raised their two children: Karen and John. Kathy was a full-time Mom, a role she adored immediately following her first cup of coffee. It was her greatest joy to spoil children; her house was always filled with the happy sounds of neighborhood kids, cousins, friends, and family. Kathy always had a freezer full of popsicles and every ice cream you could imagine. When she wasn’t chauffeuring her kids and their friends around town, she loved attending school functions and sporting events.

While her children were in school, Kathy worked several different jobs such as a lunch lady at the West Intermediate School and a cashier at the Village Apothecary. Kathy loved working with kids and enjoyed meeting many Wilmington residents as her customers at the pharmacy.

In her spare time, Kathy enjoyed gardening. She also loved the beach, especially White Horse Beach in Plymouth where she spent the summers at her family cottage. She particularly loved holidays with her family, especially Christmas. She always made Christmas spectacular and loved to see her kids buried in presents… a tradition that spilled over to her grandkids as well.

Kathy was a devoted wife and a warm and kind mother, who was always there to care for and comfort her family and friends. She was universally known as “Auntie Kathy” because of her gentle-hearted nature, which was open to everyone who knew her. She will be greatly missed by all those who loved her.

Kathy was the beloved wife of John D. Betts, Sr.; devoted mother of Karen Stapp & her husband Joe of Dawsonville, GA and John D. Betts, Jr. & his wife Brianna of Bellingham, MA; loving “Grandma” and “Mimi” of Noah, Cosette, Callie, Summer, and Rhys; dear sister of the late Nora Hurd, Philip Coolberth, Sheila Hays, and Thomas Coolberth. Kathy is also survived by her loving niece, Tara LaFrance, as well as many other special nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Kathy will be private.

Memorial donations in Kathy’s name may be made to The Ronald McDonald House at Stanford:


10 Entries in Guest Book for “Kathleen R. Betts”

  1. Nancy Gennetti says:

    Jack, Karen and John I am so very sorry for your loss. Kathy was truly a kind and caring person. I enjoyed our times of sitting at the table having coffee and chatting about the kids. Whenever she talked about Karen or John her face just lit up. She was like another aunt for my own children. They loved going over Kathys’ house to play. Heaven truly got a special angel on Feb. 5th, one that was loved by many and will be missed by all who knew her. Spread your wings and fly high with the angels. RIP my dear neighbor

  2. William Breen says:

    “Jack, Karen and John, I am so sorry for your loss. Kathy was a great friend to Joan and I. I will always remember the wonderful memories of White Horse Beach, and so many Christmas eve’s at the house. God Bless.”

  3. Ernest A.Pearlstein says:

    We are saddened to hear of the passing of your Mom she will be missed by all that came in contact with her.
    Jack, Marjorie and I are sorry for your loss she was a person that had a kind word and hand generous giving personality. She supported you with your Clowning and every day life she will missed. Rollo T Clown and your Family at Aleppo

  4. Matt Basteri says:

    Words can’t explain how sad I am to hear about the passing Kathy, aka my “second mother” growing up. The description of her (above) could not be more accurate. She was such a sweet lady that always greeted me with a big smile and hug every time I walked in the door. She had a way of making everyone feel welcome in the Betts’ household – I clearly did as she would often refer to me as a “piece of furniture” because I was there so much.

    It will not be the same at White Horse Beach without her. I will always keep a piece of Kathy in my heart. Sending love and prayers to the Betts family. ?

  5. Deborah Delloiacono says:

    i just cant let the words out my heart is so broken Auntie will always have an extremly large place in my heart. I will always love and miss you but will keep you so close always. thankyou for all that you are to me and bless uncle jack karen and johmmie

  6. Kerilyn Bouvier (coolberth) says:

    I love you Aunty Kathy. You will be greatly missed. There was so many things I wish I could have said to you.

  7. Christopher Rush says:

    Very saddened to hear, a truly groovy lady…rest gently….

  8. James Wolfenden says:

    Tom, sending condolences to
    You and Family

  9. Diane Pierro says:

    Uncle Jack, Karen and Johnny. I was so very sorry to hear about Aunt Kathy passing. I haven’t seen all of you in a very long time but think of you often. We had so many years down White Horse when we were young. I have so many happy memories. Please take care of yourself Uncle Jack. Diane & Bill

  10. Karen Stapp says:

    Missing you today, Mom.

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