She stayed strong through it all, never giving up or looking for sympathy, and kept her sense of humor through her final days. Betty raised two children on her own, living with integrity teaching them by example.
Her parents were Margaret and Norman Braley, both professional artists of Greenwich. Early days saw Betty graduate from Riverside Elementary, Greenwich High School (’49), then the University of Colorado (’53).
She worked as a model through her teens, appearing in Life Magazine as well as several other notable publications of the day. For many years she was editor of what was Greenwich Social Review magazine. Always an active member of the Greenwich community, she served on the RTM (representative town meeting) for several terms. Betty was also a tireless worker for the Art Society of Old Greenwich, and a skilled artist herself. A registered real estate broker, she worked in the field for many years until retirement at age 79.
She is survived by her brother Bill Braley of Greenwich, daughter Susie of Greenwich (a resident at Abilis), son Steve of Boulder Colo., and her two “furry friends” Alexa and Archie.
She was a good friend to many and will be missed. Betty will rest with her parents at First Congregational Church cemetery in Old Greenwich. A memorial will take place at the Greenwich Point clambake area the evening of June 26. Please direct memorial donations to Abilis of Greenwich.