Elizabeth "Betty" Finlay MORETOWN — Elizabeth “Betty” Alburn Finlay — 96, passed away peacefully at home in Moretown, Vermont, on May 6, 2019. She was born on April 21, 1923 in Pawtucket, RI, the daughter of the late Prince Albert Alburn and Elizabeth Douglas (Carlin) Alburn. She was a wife, loving and supportive mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, daughter, sister and friend to many. With her sparkplug like personality, dry sense of humor and caring approach, all who met her felt they had a friend. Betty had a way of bringing light into a cloudy day and leaving you with a smile. Betty graduated from Pawtucket High School in 1940 and among other things was a good pupil and star softball player. Later in life her children could count on her watching their sports and being there to cheer them on from the stands. Upon graduation she attended Edgewood Secretarial School which upon completion provided her with many subsequent job opportunities. She worked first for Earl M. Irons Insurance Co. until 1944 and then later in life (1970) for Adams, Meaker, Darby and Laundon Law Offices in Waterbury, retiring in 1985. On October 11, 1944 she married Douglas James Finlay, also from Pawtucket, thus began a marriage that lasted 74 years. Doug predeceased Betty on December 7, 2018. Upon marriage, since Doug was an aviator in the Naval Reserves, they immediately moved temporarily to Kingsville, TX for what turned out to be only one month before Doug was transferred to the west coast. Thus, would begin her second career this time as a Navy wife. Upon his transfer she returned to Rhode Island and after the war, he returned in December 1945 to join her. Betty returned to the workforce as a secretary and then quit in 1951 when her first child, Douglas A. Finlay, was born. With her husband still now in the active Naval Reserves, they were transferred to Virginia Beach, VA and then would begin the every three year move nomadic life of the military. Stops along the way included Canton, MA, Norfolk, VA, Deerfield, IL, Alexandria, VA and Los Alamitos, CA. She gave birth to her second child, Bonnie Rae Finlay in March 1958 when the family was stationed in Norfolk. In Los Alamitos, in June 1969, Doug retired from the Navy and they moved to Moretown / Waterbury Vermont. In 1985, with their children grown and Betty retired, they purchased a condo in Sun City Center, FL and became snowbirds. She thoroughly enjoyed winters there, engaging in sports, cultural activities, community events and the many friends they made there. Since 2000, she and Doug have made their home in Moretown their full time residence. Betty enjoyed her later years meandering around the house, playing card games, the occasional glass of wine, pulling weeds from the garden and staying in touch with her family and many friends. Her smile, laugh, quick wit and energy will be fondly remembered. Betty is survived by her children, Bonnie Rae Bossier of Moretown, and Douglas Albert Finlay and wife Patty of Aptos, CA; granddaughter Mychelle Finlay and great-granddaughters, Kylie and Landy; grandsons Travis Finlay and wife Jerusha, Zachary Bossier and companion Christina Kingston, and great-granddaughter, Ryleigh Bossier. She was preceded in death by her siblings, Walter Alburn, Raymond Alburn and Gladys Lawson. A celebration honoring the life of Elizabeth Finlay will be held from the Waterbury Congregational Church on a date and time to be announced. For those who wish, memorial gifts may be made to the charity of one’s choice. Assisting the family is the Perkins-Parker Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Waterbury. To send online condolences please visit www.perkinsparker.com or the funeral home Facebook page.

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