Elizabeth “Betty” House, 83, lifelong resident of South Bristol, passed away peacefully on the evening of Sept. 11 at the Sussman House in Rockport. Born on Sept. 24, 1933 in Damariscotta, she was the daughter of L. Stanley and Emma (Turner) Alley.
Betty attended South Bristol schools and graduated from South Bristol High School. Upon graduation, she started working at the local telephone company, before she and her husband Buddy started operating the local fish market. She also worked for Island Grocery, and later opened her own store on Thompson Inn Road. For many years, she also opened and cleaned summer cottages throughout the area.
She was a long-time member of the Eastern Star, as well as the Union Congregational Church of South Bristol. Later in life, she worked at the church’s thrift shop which she truly loved doing.
Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Reginald “Buddy” House; brothers, “Junior” Lewis Stanley Alley, and Clifford Alley; and sister, Esther Chapman.
She is survived by sons, Reggie and wife Kelley of Walpole, and Leland and wife Patti of South Bristol; grandchildren, Andrew and companion Amy of Walpole, Nathaniel and wife Kendall of Nobleboro, and Nicholas of Boothbay Harbor; great-grandson, Lewis V. House; special nieces, Kimberly, Britt, and Taylor Alley and their families; step-grandchildren, Vaughn, Lateasha and Athena; as well as numerous cousins near and far.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m., Sat., Sept. 23 at the West Bristol Cemetery in Walpole, where she will be laid to rest with her husband.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Union Congregational Church of South Bristol, PO Box 59, South Bristol, ME 04568.
Condolences, and messages for her family, may be expressed by visiting www.StrongHancock.com.
Arrangements are under the direction and care of the Strong-Hancock Funeral Home, 612 Main St., Damariscotta.