Family Matriarch Betty Harris passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021, at Middletown Park Rehabilitation and Healthcare in Middletown. She was 92.
She was born on Feb. 18, 1929, in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, where she grew up with and later married the love of her life, James H. Harris. He predeceased her after 59 years of marriage. She was also predeceased by her son Charles, her daughter Julia and her grandson Josh Matta.
She is survived by her son Jimmy Harris and his wife Trisha of Goshen; her daughter Theo Matta and her husband Joe of Goshen; her son Jason Harris and his wife Jeanne, of Circleville; and her daughter-in-law Karen Harris of Westbrookville. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Colleen Harris of Fort Lee, N.J.; Sean Harris and his wife Chrissy of Madison, Conn.; Erica Scott and her husband Justin of New Hampton; Becky Candela and her husband Jack of Mount Hope; Kyle Harris of Fort Lee, N.J.; Casey Lyons of Circleville; Jason Lyons of Tuxedo; and Jeremy Lyons of Middletown; and four great-grandchildren.
Along with being a devoted mother, she was a customer service representative at Key Bank in Middletown.
She was very active in the community. She served as president of the Lenten Sewing Club and was a longtime volunteer at Arden Hill Hospital and Orange Regional Medical Center.
She was the long-time CEO of the “BBC,” the Betty Broadcasting Channel, and was a lifelong Dallas Cowboys fan.
Visitation was held Sept. 1 at Donovan Funeral Home in Goshen.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Sept. 2 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Church in Middletown.
She was buried next to Jim, an Army veteran, in the Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Goshen.