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Betsy Bartholomew

Betsy Pickett Bartholomew

July 19, 1941 - June 2, 2019
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Obituary

TENANTS HARBOR, ME - Betsy Pickett Bartholomew (Rockwell) died peacefully at home, Sunday, June 2, 2019 after a long and courageous fight against cancer.

Born in 1941 in Hartford, CT, Betsy earned an AA degree from Colby Sawyer College in N.H., and a BS in Education and a Masters (M.Ed.) from Hartford College. She went on to teach third grade for 21 years at Kearsarge and New London, NH elementary schools. She was proud that no third grader ever left her class without knowing how to read.

Betsy was an active member of the Broad Cove Church in Cushing, ME and a valued volunteer at the Marshall Point Lighthouse Museum for many years. She served as secretary of the Lighthouse Committee and on the Shop Committee.

One of the best times in her life was when she met her future beloved husband, Mark Bartholomew at age 14 while on a camping trip to Alaska with her family in 1955. The families finished the wonderfully adventurous trip over what was then a pioneer road together.

Later, their lives crisscrossed again leading to their marriage in 1999.

Betsy loved to travel by motorhome across the country and was an avid fisherwoman and always out fished Mark, in Alaska, Maine and everywhere in between. She greatly enjoyed her time working at different pursuits in Seward, Alaska where she made many friends around the harbor and town. Family and friends cherish the lovely quilts she stitched with love and generously shared. Betsy loved gardening, cooking and raising her two wonderful sons.

Betsy was predeceased by her parents, Dudley and Louise Rockwell of Cushing, ME. She leaves behind her son John Hallowell-Bidwell his wife Kris and grandsons Aidan and Liam of Florence MA; son James Bidwell his wife Ruth and granddaughters Emma and Rachel of Concord NH; stepdaughter, Rebecca Marcoux, her husband Steve, two step grandsons Joshua and Ryan of all Foxboro MA; a stepdaughter Laura Young, her husband Ty and step granddaughter Marin Wilson and step grandson Christian all of Richardson TX.

Deeply missing her are her brother David Rockwell and her sisters, Merle Rockwell, Joan Rockwell and their families.
Betsy will be remembered in the hearts of the many friends and her family whose lives she touched with her generosity and kindness.

A celebration of Betsy’s life will be held at 11:00am Saturday, June 29 at Broad Cove Community Church, 87 Pleasant Point Road, Cushing, Maine. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in her memory to the Marshall Point Lighthouse Museum, P.O. Box 347, Port Clyde.ME 04855, or Broad Cove Community Church, 87 Pleasant Point Road, Cushing, Maine 04855. Also to pay forward Betsy’s kindness, do a random act of kindness for someone else.
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  • Celebration of Life

    Saturday June 29, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    Saturday June 29, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    Broad Cove Community Church
    Address
    87 Pleasant Point Road
    Cushing, Maine 04563
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Posted at 01:27pm
Jim, Ruth, Emma & Rachel, Sorry for your loss. Your mother and grandmother will be missed and remembered.
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Molly Waldeck

Posted at 08:57am
I remember meeting Aunt Betsy shortly after Matthew and I were engaged. Reflecting back on that time I am reminded of one of my favorite Maya Angelou quotes, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” What I remember about meeting Betsy is how welcome and loved she made me feel. I will always cherish the beautiful quilt she created for us as a wedding present. I will also cherish the memory of her and her family making the long trip down to Florida for our wedding. Because it was such a long trip, not everyone in the family could make it down. So, the following summer Betsy held a special gathering at her house for the whole family to “Come meet Molly” (that was the subject line of the email that she sent out). That gathering truly made me feel like one of the family - plus there was blueberry pie! I will hold these memories in my heart and will remember Betsy’s warm and caring spirit.
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Bernice Kuzma Czertak

Posted at 10:12pm
Peace dear classmate.

Conard High '59
West Hartford CT
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Joan Rockwell

Posted at 11:57pm
Thank you for being such a wonderful and dear big sister. I will miss you.
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Barbara

Posted at 06:17pm
Such a good friend, we had some wonderful history together. I am so glad I had the opportunity to meet and share some of Betsy's life. Blessings for Mark , John and Jim and their families. Barbara Cambria
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