Elizabeth "Betty" (Jason) MareeNovember 4, 1928 ~ October 17, 2017 (age 88)
Elizabeth "Betty" Maree, Gold Star Mother
Elizabeth “Betty” (Jason) Maree, age 88, passed away peacefully at her home in Sunrise Assisted Living surrounded by loved ones on October 17, 2017.
Born November 4, 1928 in Cohasset, MA, she was the daughter of Charles and Emma (Naun) Jason. A proud and patriotic 5th generation native of Cohasset, Betty was a lifelong resident of the town. She attended Cohasset public schools and worked for the town for 36- years (4-years at Ripley School and 32-years with the Water Department).
Known for quick wit, love of music and smiley faces, Betty believed that happiness is a choice. Despite the challenges she faced throughout her life, she chose happiness even as she faced her end of life. For 17-years Betty proudly served as Auxilary Treasurer at the George H Mealy American Legion Post 118, Cohasset, MA.
Music was an important part of her life. As a child she performed in vaudeville shows at Cohasset Town Hall with her sisters and parents. She was a member of Saint Anthony’s Church Choir in Cohasset for over 20-yrs and Sweet Adeline’s Island Grove Chorus in Abington, MA. She also sang with the Mixed Senior Chorus at Massasoit College for a number of years. Betty could always be found at outdoor band concerts in the area during the summer. Betty was Crowned Queen of Bassing Beach in 1981. She treasured the time she spent at the small cottage on the island with friends and family. Her love of Minot’s Light and Cohasset Harbor was strong and enduring.
After retiring, she volunteered at Continental Cablevision and won their “Best Camera Award 1988 – 1989”. She was also a long-time member of the Cohasset Historical Society.
She is survived by her daughter Ann Wheeler of Cohasset, grandson Richard Wheeler and his wife Pam of Plymouth, granddaughter Kerri Wheeler of New Bedford, granddaughter Jessica Maree Swist and her husband Kevin of Dighton, special niece Susan Denison of Middleboro, 6-great grandchildren, and her sister Carolyn Jason Cattell of Kingston. She was the mother of the late Robert Maree and R. Edward Maree and wife of the late Robert Maree.
Family and friends are invited to celebrate Betty during visiting hours on Monday 10/23/17 from 4-8 pm in McNamara-Sparrell Funeral Home, 160 So. Main St. (across from St. Anthony Church), Cohasset. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 10am at St. Anthony’s Church followed by a graveside service. In lieu of flowers (please do not use the send flowers link), please make donations in Betty’s memory to: NVNA and Hospice,120 Longwater Drive, Norwell, MA, or https://www.nvna.org/index.php/donate-now .