Palmyra and Detroit
- Charlotte 'Betty' Rich, 91, died Dec. 16 , 2016, at her daughter's home in Westfield, MA, just three days short of her 92nd birthday. She was born Dec. 19, 1924, in Auburn, Maine, the daughter of Alton and Mildred (Knowles) Gray. She was a graduate of Corinna Union Academy.
Betty moved to Detroit in 1946 and lived there until moving to Pleasant Acres in Palmyra in 1995.
Betty was married to Glenn Rich who predeceased her after 49 years of marriage.
Betty worked at the A & P and Edwards Co. in Pittsfield for many years.
She was a lifetime member Detroit Good Cheer Club and the Detroit Methodist Church. She attended the Peoples United Methodist Church in Newport, a member of the Detroit Meeting House, a member of the Eastern Star. Betty helped put on many bean suppers for the Detroit Methodist Church, the Good Cheer Club, and the Detroit Snowmobile Club. She was still active in Ceramics where she was well known for her skills. She loved to garden, cook, bake, and sew. She was well known for her Hot Milk Cake, pies, donuts, and rolls. Betty was always ready to help others. She was always ready to bake pies and cakes for any bake sale, help with any tag sale or other activity.
She enjoyed many years traveling in their motor home with Glen and spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She loved to play cards with her friends Connie Munster and Lena Pray.
She is survived by 2 daughters Sandra Tower of Westfield, MA, and Brenda Doncet and her husband Jim of Plainville, CT, seven grandchildren; Wendy McCorry and fiancé David Beesley of Ulster Park, NY, Karen and Steve Wegiel and Heather and Justin White of Westfield, MA, Adam and Patricia Doncet of Plainville, CT, Sara and Greg Fearn of Kensington, CT, Jonathan and Deana Doncet of Plainville, CT, Michael Doncet of Bristol CT, eleven great grandchildren; Joshua Doncet, Zackary Doncet, Abigal Doncet, Glenn Fearn, Owen Fearn, Noah Doncet, Mia Doncet, David Wegiel, Megan Wegiel, Charlotte White and John White. She will also be remembered by her dear friend Connie Munster.
She was predeceased by her husband Glenn, her brother, Rodney Knowles, and her sister Caroline Gray.
A Celebration of Betty's life will be held 3 p.m., Sat. Dec. 31, 2016, at the Peoples United Methodist Church, Main Street, Newport, with a reception to follow at the church. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Detroit Meeting House in care of Lois Trafton, 97 Field Road, Detroit, Maine 04929. Arrangements are entrusted to the care of the Brown Funeral Home and Cremation Service Center, 34 High St., Newport, ME. To sign an online guest book and leave written condolences please visit: com