January Resident of the Month
She was born Elizabeth Knox Smythe on July 5, 1922 in Plainfield, NJ.Her mother was Bessie Hanford Smythe and her father was Leighton Smythe. She had one brother, Donald Smythe who died when he was 60 years old.
Bette married Jack Petersen on June 15, 1946. She and Jack were happily married 68 years before he died at 91 years old. Bette has three children, Eric, Betsi and Rob, two grandchildren, Lauren and Chris and one great-grandson, Austin.
Bette had a summer home on Duck Harbor Lake in Equinunk, Pa for 45 years which she dearly loved. She was a water rat and loved to swim, spend time outside and take her rowboat out on the lake. She loved to read, especially mysteries and the New York Times. She was an avid antique collector and she loves animals.
Bette was a great cook, went to church and sang in the church choir. She was the backstage Wonder Woman for her husband during his amateur acting career, doing makeup, props and costumes for the local “Community Players”. Every Christmas Eve, for years, she would spend the entire evening on a Hot Line phone, volunteering to listen to the lonely and desperate. Helping them by giving them sympathy and providing solutions for their problems.