Bettie F. Gray NORTHFIELD — Bettie F. Gray, age 85, died Monday, March 4, 2019 at Dartmouth Hitchcock Hospital in Hanover, NH. Bettie was born February 17, 1934 in Craftsbury Common, Vermont, the daughter of Bliss and Julia (Pike) Farrar. She received her education in Craftsbury and graduated from Craftsbury Academy in the class of 1952. She went on to UVM and studied to be a dental hygienist, earning a BS degree. She married Richard Gray on April 9, 1955. The couple moved to Brattleboro, where Bettie was employed as a dental hygienist. In 1964 they moved to Northfield where Bettie continued working as a dental hygienist travelling to area schools to work. Having a desire to teach school, she returned to UVM and received her teaching degree and worked for 30-plus years as a kindergarten teacher at the Berlin Elementary School. She also served the school as vice principal. In 1988 Bettie and her husband returned to Craftsbury to live and both continued to work at the Berlin Elementary School until retirement. They returned to Northfield in 2003 to be near family. During the years she lived in Craftsbury Common Bettie was active in the Craftsbury Common United Church. While in Northfield she was an active member of the United Church of Northfield. She and her family enjoyed spending time at their cottage in Prince Edward Island. She loved gardening, especially flower gardening, and her dogs. Bettie is survived by three sons, Richard Gray, Jr.(Monique) of Barre Town, Randy Gray (Terry) and Rod Gray (Beth), both of Northfield; a daughter, Rhonda (Donald) Doyon of Northfield; grandchildren Michelle Tanner, Ian Gray, Jeremy Doyon (Jenn), Jamie Doyon (Ashley), Nathan Gray, Kaitlyn Gray, Eddie Fionda and Shasta Gray; great grandchildren Grayson Tanner, Jason Doyon, Brody Edson, Ayala Gray, Allexis Morris, Nora Morris and Lucas Morris; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband in 2012; by her parents; two brothers, Richard Farrar and William Farrar; and two sisters, Isabelle Davis and Gerry Tucker. A service in celebration of her life will be held Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 11 a.m. in the Craftsbury Common United Church, Craftsbury Common, VT. A reception will follow the service in the church hall. A private interment will take place later in Craftsbury Common Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested in memory of Richard and Bettie Gray to the Berlin Elementary School for the purchase of books for children. Contributions can be sent to the Bettie and Richard Gray Book Fund, c/o Berlin Elementary School, 372 Paine Turnpike N., Berlin, VT 05602. There are no calling hours. Kingston Funeral Home in Northfield assisted the family with arrangements.

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She looks as I remember so many years ago when she taught me. I saw her one day when she was walking her dog and we had such a nice talk about how the children today are taught compared to how she taught us. She was not happy with today's way of teaching at all. She will be miss and I think those of us that where bless enough to have been taught by her are very bless. Hugs & Prayers the family. ( Rod,Beth & Shasta)


RIP Betty. My thoughts are with the entire Gray family. You now have another special angel to watch over you all.



Rhonda and family I am so sorry for your loss. Words are hard to come by when things like this happen. Just remember God took another angel. Grief is some thing that never ends. Don't let anyone tell you it gets easier.
Hold on to all the good times. Talk about them and ease your pain. Rest in Peace Dear Betty.

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