SAN ANTONIO, TX AND MILO - Mary Elizabeth "Betty" Decker Gould, 88, passed away Friday, June 3, 2016, in San Antonio, TX.
Born Jan. 10, 1928, in Augusta, daughter of the late Roy E. and Jennie (Morrill) Decker, she was the wife of Ansel Vernon Gould whom she wed Apr. 4, 1952, in Maplewood, NJ. They had auspiciously met 2 years earlier in Gorham, at the marriage of her mother and Ansel's father, Eben C. Gould. One of her great-grandfathers was 1LT Royal B. Decker who fought with B Co., 20th Maine Vol. Regt. at the Battle of Gettysburg. She loved genealogy, and had traced some of her family back to the 1600 and 1700's in early New England.
Betty grew up in Milo, graduating from Milo High School in 1946 and the nursing program at Madigan Memorial Hospital, Houlton in 1950. She worked as an obstetrical nurse in NJ for several years. She earned an A.A. from Montgomery College, MD in 1971 and a B.A. from the Univ. of Maryland in 1974, working at Sears and finally at MITRE Corp. in McLean, VA.
After several moves to different states, she and Ansel eventually settled in Rockville, MD where they lived for many years. Betty had an adventurous spirit and loved to travel, visiting most of the 50 states, Bermuda, Canada, Mexico, and at least 17 European countries. She was extremely close to her grandchildren and enjoyed taking them to Disney World and visiting them in TX where she attended all their activities. Betty especially cherished the family's summer vacations at their camp on Schoodic Lake where she relished seeing her many relatives and friends.
Betty was predeceased by her husband, parents, and step-father. She is survived by daughter Deborah Pederson and her husband Pete; son Robert Gould and his wife Ellen; and brother-in-law Dr. William Gould and his wife Adelle. She is lovingly remembered by her grandchildren Peter, Kenneth, Matthew, and Jennifer Pederson.
Friends are invited to call from 10am until time of funeral service at 11 am on Tuesday, June 14 at the Lary Funeral Home, Milo, with Pastor Phil McGlauflin officiating. A complete obituary may be viewed and condolences may be expressed at www.laryfuneralhome.com.