Betty Jean Short Fitterer, daughter of Thomas and Hazel Gulick, died on November 14, 2017 on Cape Cod, MA. Betty was born, lived and was married in Falmouth, KY. She will be remembered for her sweet kindness, her smile, her thoughtfulness, her style, and her appreciation of both hearing and saying “a funny,” as she called the quick quip. She deeply loved her home and garden, her friends, her family, and her cats.
There were many truths in Betty’s life: always have a novel and crossword puzzle in progress; only feed shrimp to cats; salt goes with everything; meals are to be a still life as well as delicious; cashmere sweaters are to be worn everyday in layers; bridge is a game of easy strategy; and rugs are to be hooked with wool dyed on top of the stove in 1700’s colours.
Betty married Hazen L. Short on December 11, 1949. They loved to dance. They started their family in Kansas City, where Hazen worked for P&G, then by way of Cincinnati, OH, moved to Westfield, NJ, in 1961, where Betty was a long-time volunteer for The Westfield Service League as well as the Children’s Country Home, in addition to other organizations. When Hazen suffered a stroke in 1977, Betty cared for him for ten years with patience and love.
After Hazen’s death, Betty realized their plan to live on Cape Cod, and moved to Barnstable, MA, where she made her home an anchor for her family. She later married the kind, retired Wall Street bondsman and golfer, John C. Fitterer, Jr. of Westfield, NJ, in 1996, who died in 2008.
In Betty’s advanced stages of Alzheimer’s at her memory care home, she went into her friends’ rooms and folded their clothes or dusted the Nurse’s station with a napkin, helping others to the end.
Betty is survived by a daughter, Amy L. Archer, a son, Douglas H. Short, and his wife, Christina R. Short, two grandchildren, Maxandra E. Kramer and Thomas L. Short, and her Kentucky cousins, Bob Gulick and Doris Kemp and her BFF of over 50 years, Barbara Brown.
A service was held in memory of Betty at Woodhead Funeral Home in Falmouth, Kentucky on Wednesday, May 16, 2018.