SOUTHAMPTON – Betty June Carter Landry, 70, passed away Nov. 13, 2017 at her home in Southampton. She was born in Jackson County, Tennessee and was a member of the 1964 Jackson County Central High School graduation class.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Wirt Oscar and Mable Burgess Carter; one sister Bobbie Jean Carter; grandparents, John and Altie Kinnard Carter and Matt and Annie Pippin Burgess; and her loving companion, James Kusekoski.
She is survived by her only child, Stephen Carter Landry and his wife, Michele L. Tremblay of Webster, New Hampshire; two sisters, Helen Carter, of Livingston, Tennessee and Barbara Carter Flatt and her husband, Jerry Flatt of White Lake, Michigan; two nieces, Angela Flatt Krebiehl, and Andrea Flatt Miller both of Waterford, Michigan; grandnieces and grandnephew, Jessica Panetta and her husband, Michael Panetta of Clawson, Rebecca Miller of Waterford, and Daniel Krebiehl of Royal Oak, Michigan; and great-grandnieces, Sierra and Eliza Dobson of Rochester Hills, Michigan. Betty is also survived by her and James's long-time feline companion, Jo Jo.
Betty was a dedicated University of Massachusetts New Students Program employee for over twenty-five years. She handled time and attendance, payroll and purchasing. Betty loved to work with the student logistics staff and would often bring in bakery treats for them.
Betty was known for her Southern charm and the twinkle in the eye. She loved a good story and was quick to laugh. Betty was an avid reader and had an appreciation for many genres of music. For many years, she embarked upon annual trips to Tennessee where she and her sister, Helen would explore the Smoky Mountains, visit with family and friends, spoil Helen's cats, and ramble throughout her home state. When New England weather turned cooler, she would join both of her sisters and Jerry Flatt in Gulf Shores, Alabama for vacations. More recently, she enjoyed the warmer months near the shores of Sip Pond, in Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire where she and James maintained a camp and enjoyed a wide circle of friends in the community. She loved taking long walks, hiking local trails, and enjoying a book on the patio of her home in Southampton, Massachusetts in the company of Jo Jo.
She was a strong supporter of disabled veterans organizations, local charities, animal shelters, and Look Park in Northampton, Massachusetts where she enjoyed walking, concerts, and other events.
Betty was one of the most approachable people you could ever meet with a welcoming, open expression, quick smile, and ease of conversation that would turn complete strangers into friends instantly. Betty will be remembered for her kindness and compassion which she showed toward everyone she met. She will be missed by all who knew her.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift to honor Betty's memory to Look Park in Northampton, Massachusetts or Dakin Humane Society in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Friends and family will gather during the summer of 2018 at events in Massachusetts and Tennessee to celebrate Betty's life. Notice of memorial services will be published in local papers.
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