Betty Mayo Ten Eyck Caspole passed to the merciful hands of our Lord on June 25th, at home in Laurentide, of pancreatic cancer with her 4 loving sons and husband surrounding her at age 89.
Betty was born May 15, 1930 in Bethlehem, PA, the daughter of Ralph Bernard Mayo and Maude Emily Wilson. Betty lost her mother in 1937 and lived with in Bangor, ME with her loving grandparents. Following her father’s remarriage, she moved to Quincy, MA, graduating from Quincy High, in Class of 1946.
She attended Westbrook College in Portland, ME and graduated in 1947 as a Medical Secretary and worked for surgeons in Boston. In 1950 she married John Mathers Caspole of Quincy and went to Pittsburgh, PA where he worked for Westinghouse Electric.
The career took them to Connecticut where they lived in Milford and then, Nichols, attending Trinity Episcopal Church. In 1965 the family moved to St Louis, MO. and Columbus, OH. In her quest to help people she became a Weight Watchers lecturer for several years.
From 1972 to 1977 they lived in Bilbao, Spain where she enjoyed traveling to historical and religious sites, learning Spanish and encouraging sons to play soccer and ice hockey while they attended the American School of Bilbao.
Following a divorce in 1980, she married Donald Tulloch Ten Eyck and they moved to Reno/Sparks, Nevada where they worked together to manage a successful Medical Billing Service Company. Both were active in Navy League and helping sailors in distress.
Although Betty traveled far and wide the 30 summers she summered in Falmouth with children, love for sand dunes and salty air, beach plumb jelly at her family home on Great Pond Road made her long for Old Cape Cod.
On their retirement in 1997 Don and Betty returned to the Cape in South Yarmouth where they continued Navy League activities but focused on advocating for Coast guardsmen on Cape Cod. Betty was active member of First Congregational Church in So Yarmouth singing in their choir. We called her “Songbird” for her love of music.
In 2014 Betty remarried John Caspole, whom she first met at age 14 in ballroom dancing class. She enjoyed her garden, reading, traveling to Spain, France, Bermuda, Canada and especially short trips to explore Maine where she spent part of her childhood following the death of her mother. Betty made long-lasting friends and is remembered for her warmth and compassion for others.
She is survived by her loving husband, John, and four sons: John and wife Linda of Carlsbad, CA; William and wife, Helen of Fredericktown, OH; Richard and wife Mary of Stratford, CT; and David and wife Desiree of Pasadena, CA; Grandchildren: Michelle, Jennifer, Joseph, Melissa and husband Matt Norwood, Jessica, Jonathan, Victoria, Amy, Michael and wife Cindy, Patrick, Julian and Willa Rose and Great Grandchildren Erin, Lila, Toby, Teagan, and Emily.
There will be a memorial Service Monday July 15 at 2PM at First Congregational Church in Yarmouth Port. Donations in memory of Betty may be made to the church above or to Marine Toys for Tots. Betty will be interred later in the family plot in Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree