May Her Soul Rest In Peace

Age 71

Hannah M (McElligott) Betts

Hannah M. (nee McElligott) Betts, 71, of Toms River, died Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010, at home. Born in Bronx, N.Y., she lived in Elmhurst/Middle Village, N.Y. before moving to Toms River in 1988. She was a 1960 graduate of the St. Vincent's School of Nursing and attended Hunter College in New York. She was employed as a registered nurse, retiring from Community Medical Center in Toms River after 20 years. Prior to C.M.C. she worked in several N.Y.C. hospitals including St. Vincent's Hospital in Manhattan. Hannah taught CCD and served as an eucharistic minister at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, Toms River. She helped establish and develop C.M.C.'s Center for Women's Health Program and was the honored recipient of C.M.C.'s Nurse of the Year in 1999. She was a longtime YMCA member who loved to swim. Hannah was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She will be missed by many.
She was predeceased by her sister, Mary Henschel. Surviving are her loving husband of 45 years, Thomas; five sons, Michael and Jen of Toms River, Thomas Jr and Kim of Catawissa, Pa., Daniel and his companion Allison Banas of Toms River, Matthew and Megan of Jackson, and Maurice of Toms River; and her daughter, Mary Ann and her fiancee Henry Hamann of Queens, N.Y. Also surviving are her brother. Maurice McElligott of Huntington, N.Y.; and three sisters, Theresa Mc Guinness of Bellport, N.Y., Catherine Ryan of New Rochelle, N.Y., and Margaret McElligott of Elmsford, N.Y. Hannah was the cherished grandmother of nine, Rebecca, Rachel, Daniel, Robert, Margaret, Madeline, Mallory, Taryn, and Addison.
. A Funeral Mass was held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 16 at St. Joseph R.C. Church, Toms River. Burial followed at St. Joseph Cemetery, Toms River. Donations in Hannah's name to Doctors Without Borders USA, P.O. Box 5030, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5030 would be greatly appreciated.

Published in Asbury Park Press on December 14, 2010


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