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Elizabeth P. "Betty" Groom

Published On: Dec 31 2012 09:13:02 AM CST
Elizabeth P Groom

COLUMBUS – Betty Groom, age 92, passed away peacefully on December 28 at At Home Again in Columbus.

She was the much loved first child of Sam and Helen Groom, born in Lynn, Massachusetts. Betty graduated from Smith College in 1941 with a degree in Sociology. She joined the WAVES and taught celestial navigation from 1943 - 1945. She went on to pursue a career in Social Work in Greenwich, Connecticut for over 30 years. Upon her retirement she traveled the world, eventually visiting 96 countries. Betty moved through life quietly and purposefully, but underneath her self- contained exterior she was Ever Ready Betty: a fiercely independent woman; world traveler; avid follower of political and world events; lover of food and books; supporter of charities and champion of the underdog.

Upon moving to Columbus at the age of 80, she immediately plugged in by joining Red Hats and delivering Meals on Wheels. Betty had a tremendous will to see what was going to happen next. She defied death three times in the last ten years and made a valiant effort to do it again. In the end she accepted death on her own terms.

She collected experiences, not things and dearly valued her family. She invited her sisters, sister-in-law and friends to join her at her time-share in Stowe, Vermont for thirteen wonderful years. She greatly appreciated her fifteen nieces and nephews and was always interested in the doings of her thirty- three grand nieces and nephews, making every effort to keep them all straight. Bet, we know that you are at peace listening to your music, playing FreeCell, giving Murphy treats and sipping "the blessed stuff". We love you.

Survivors include her sisters: Mary Poser of Columbus, WI and Helen Johnston of Mequon, WI; special sister-in-law Vera Groom 'Lillan' of Swampscott, MA and numerous nieces and nephews and their families. She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Thomas Groom IV and her great friend, Dottie Van Buren.

Betty passed away peacefully, surround by loved ones. A private service will be held at a later date. Marker will be at Forest Hills Cemetery, Jamaica Plain, MA, but Betty will be on the ridge. Memorials may be made to the charity of ones' choice. The family would like to thank the staffs at Columbus Community Hospital, Columbus Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, At Home Again and Hillside Home Care and Hospice for their excellent care.

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