Betty Saunders

August 14, 1925 ~ July 18, 2021

Betty Saunders was practical, inquisitive, and unfiltered. She was a world traveler, dedicated volunteer, voracious reader, avid exerciser, and health nut. Most of all she was a wonderful mom. Betty died on July 18, 2021 in Vero Beach, Florida, her home since 1996. She was born August 14, 1925 in Boston Massachusetts, the daughter of Jacob and Gladys (Goldchinsky) Silverman. Betty is predeceased by her parents, her loving husband, Joseph and her brother Marshall. She is survived by her sister, Cynthia Adams, her children Susan (Fisher) and Peter and their spouses David Fisher and Patricia Larson and Susan and David’s children, Nicholas, Jillian, Lisa and Tony as well as four great grandchildren. While living in Hingham Betty and her husband, Joe, along with two other couples founded the reformed Jewish Congregation, Temple Beth Am (now Temple Sha’aray Shalom) in 1959. Betty returned to her undergraduate alma matter, Simmons College and earned her master’s degree in library science in 1964. She worked as the school librarian at Central Junior High School in Hingham where she read the entire fiction collection in order to be able to make recommendations to the students and when Temple Beth Am established a permanent home she funded and established the library for the congregation. Betty gave generously of her time at the Museum of Fine Arts and the Museum of Science in Boston and when she moved to Vero Beach she volunteered at the Environmental Learning Center and Redlands Christian Migrant Center Head Start Program in Fellsmere. For more than 40 years Betty maintained a vacation home in West Townshend, Vermont where she volunteered at the Grace Cottage Hospital. No one had a warmer smile than Betty and no one was more precise and direct in her language, qualities that endeared her to so many who respected and admired her. Betty will be laid to rest next to her husband, parents and brother in Sharon Memorial Park in Sharon, Massachusetts where a graveside memorial will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Environmental Learning Center in Vero Beach or the Grace Cottage Hospital in Townshend, Vermont.

Condolence

Chris Flynn

July 19, 2021, 4:02 pm

Peter,

Dorcey and I are sorry for your loss. Your mother is in our prayers.

Chris

Beth Mell

July 21, 2021, 5:57 pm

Peter,

My heartfelt sympathy for your loss. I remember the stories you recounted about your mom and can only begin to imagine how much she will be missed. I hope knowing you are in the thoughts and prayers of so many brings you peace at this difficult time.

Beth

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