Obituary - Emilie “Emmie" Betts
Emilie “Emmie” Betts

Former Kelly resident Emilie W. Betts died peacefully Jan. 8 at her home in Darien, Connecticut. She was 98. Her family provided the following.

Born on Oct. 24, 1922, to Harlan and Lillian Woehrle in Easton, Pennsylvania, she graduated Easton High and worked at Ingersoll-Rand during World War II. In July 1945 she married Robert B. Betts, who preceded her in death in 1989.

She and her husband, an advertising executive, raised three children and later welcomed nephews and a niece to the family after the tragic death of their parents.

A life-loving person, Emmie was a devoted wife, mother and aunt, small business entrepreneur, gifted vocalist, artist, author and designer-owner of numerous homes, including one in Kelly.

Always the adventurer, Emmie encouraged family travel with Jackson Hole becoming the most treasured destination and second home to her family. “An angel to the arts,” Emmie was an early and avid supporter of now-established arts organizations, including the Art Association of Jackson Hole and the Center for the Arts.

She will be very missed by her family, friends and admirers.

Survivors include her children, Brooks Betts of Rowayton, Connecticut; Budd Betts and wife, Emi, of Dubois; her brother, Harlan Woehrle of Las Vegas; her nephews, Richard, James, Christopher and John Betts, and her niece Kathleen Betts-Lewis, and their families; her grandchildren, Christine and Catherine Charleston, daughters of Anne Betts Charleston who preceded her mother in death; Lindsay Betts Judd, Robert Betts, and her great-grandson Eldon.

Celebrations of her life will occur later in the year; details will be forthcoming. Donations may be made to your favorite charity in her name.

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