Life Story for
Elizabeth "Betty" Maxwell
Elizabeth Ann Maxwell, known by all as Betty, died peacefully at home with her family by her side on June 15, 2017. She was 82 years old.
Betty was born on December 5, 1934 in the Bronx, NY, daughter to the late Joseph and Marion (Mutz) Hyland. She was a high school graduate of Bayport High School and continued her education at Berkeley Secretarial School in NY, NY.
Mrs. Maxwell met the love of her life, William ‘Bill’ Maxwell when they were neighbors in the Inwood section of Manhattan. They were married on May 13, 1967. On August 22, 1972 they moved to North Salem, where they raised their two daughters.
Betty was an administrative assistant at Praxair in Danbury, CT, for about 15 years before retiring in 1998. Prior to working for Praxair she was a secretary to the North Salem Town Supervisor and the secretary to the vice president of BBDO, a large advertising firm in NYC.
Mrs. Maxwell was an active parishioner of St. Joseph’s Church for 45 years and a devout Catholic. She loved to read mystery and romance novels. Betty’s love of Broadway shows and musicals stems from her younger years when she was a member of the Paulist Players at Good Shepherd Church, where she met some of her best friends. Betty enjoyed her time as a volunteer at the North Salem public library. Her greatest passion in life was her family. Betty enjoyed baking and cooking, and hosting holiday dinners with extended family.
Betty is survived by her husband of 50 years Bill, and her two daughters; Mary Kate Mello and her husband Raymond of Newburyport, MA, and Amy Serra and her Husband Anthony of North Salem, NY, her 2 brothers; Robert Hyland of Scotia, NY and John Hyland of Feeding Hills, MA, and her 4 grandchildren; Max and Lily Mello and Juliet and Peter Serra. She was predeceased by her brother Michael Hyland
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday June 20, 2017 at 10am at St. Joseph’s Church, 95 Plumbrook Rd, Somers. Interment will be private. Visitation will be held on Monday June 19, 2017 at Beecher Funeral Home, 1 Putnam Avenue, Brewster, NY from 4pm-8pm.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association and/or the Hudson Valley Regional Hospice.