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Elizabeth L. "Betty" Sheedy

Townsend: Elizabeth L. "Betty" Sheedy, 68, of Dudley Road, formerly of Lowell, died peacefully Monday, August 19, 2013, at at her home.

Elizabeth “Betty” was born in Newton, January 26, 1945, the daughter of Jean Davis and resided many years in Lowell before moving to Townsend.

She worked as a Mental Health/Substance Abuse Counselor at Emerson Hospital in Concord before retiring in 2009. Prior to that she had worked at Lowell General Hospital on the psychiatric unit where she was instrumental in bringing SMART Recovery to the Lowell area. Betty’s passion for her work as a counselor was an inspiration to her colleagues and a gift to her clients.

Betty is survived by three children; Kelly Sheedy Roper and her fiancĂ© Warren Rush of Brookline NH, Bonnie Sheedy Mullen and her husband David Mullen of Townsend, Joseph Sheedy and his wife Lisa Belkas Sheedy of Pepperell; seven grandchildren; Lindsay Roper, Stephen Roper, Alyssa Mullen, Sean Mullen, Cameron Sheedy, Cody Sheedy, and Carley Sheedy. She also leaves behind many loved ones that considered her “Gram.”

Most of all, Betty enjoyed spending time with her family. She loved taking her grandchildren on nature walks and relaxing on the beach. Her passions were astrology and reading.


Betty’s family will receive family and friends at a memorial visitation from 4-7 Friday, August 23rd at the T.J. Anderson & Son Funeral Home, 250 Main Street (Rte 119) Townsend Center. Please see www.andersonfuneral.com for additional information.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be sent to: SMART Recovery, 7304 Mentor Avenue Suite F, Mentor, OH 44060.

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  • Laura Shifrin

    August 25, 2013 4:14 pm

    to Kelly, Bonnie & Joe
    and to all of your extended family
    I am so very sorry for your loss and
    my thoughts and prayers are with you
    always in light
    Laurie (and Pammy too :-)

  • Jo-Ann Downie

    Woburn ma
    August 23, 2013 9:40 am

    Kelly, Bonnie and Joey,

    So very sorry about your Mom. Auntie Betty was always so upbeat and fun to be around. So many great memories of all of us growing up. I will forever remember her laugh,it was contagious, and smile every time I think of her. She was a gift to everyone who knew her.

  • Denise MacAllister

    Wakefield, MA
    August 22, 2013 2:40 pm

    Kelly, Bonnie, Joe,
    In loving memory of my dear and good friend Betty.
    Through the years we had a lot of fun toghter – going out to eat,going to the beach and just talking to one another. I realy am shocked and lossed for words.
    May you rest in peace.

    Love Always,

  • Sharon Wyman

    North 5, Emerson Hospital
    August 22, 2013 8:47 am

    To Betty’s Family,
    I remember Betty fondly. I worked with her for three years and loved her wonderful spirit, spunk and humor. She was a gutsy lady and I admired her wonderful way with patients. Just the other day, a current patient was asking about her and remembering her with gratitude for the help she had given him years ago. You are missed, Betty. Thoughts and prayers to all Betty’s loved ones.

  • Sherry Brendel

    Cheyenne, Wy
    August 21, 2013 11:16 pm

    Kelly, Bonnie and Joey,

    So very sorry for your loss. Your Mom was such a wonderful woman and I will miss her! I have such fond memories of growing up with all of you and will miss Aunt Betty’s words of wisdom and her wicked sense of humor! She was always so kind and thoughtful. Thinking of her will always bring a smile to my face!

    Love you all,

  • Ellen MacAllister,Uzarek

    9 pearl st # 1,Ayer,Ma. 01432
    August 21, 2013 7:57 pm

    I met Betty about 6 yrs ago Through my Sister Denise MacAllister who was extremely close to Betty,Betty was a wonderful Lady,and I am Truly Sorry For Your Loss,May The Lord Be With You All,God Bless….

  • Laureen Kessloff

    Acton, MA
    August 21, 2013 7:52 pm

    I just loved Betty. She was one in a million. She will always been remembered. So very sorry for your loss.

  • joseph Testa

    Lunenburg Ma,
    August 21, 2013 6:27 pm

    Sorry for your loss Kelly, Our prayers and thought’s go out to you and yours,,, She was a good lady,

  • Janine D'Eon

    August 21, 2013 2:26 pm

    I worked with Betty at Emerson Hospital and she was such an amazing woman. She had a way with patients that was so admirable, I was always so happy to see her when we were scheduled together. I am so very sorry for your loss. She will definitely be missed and remembered by many.

  • Jody Harney

    August 21, 2013 12:40 pm

    To Betty’s Family,
    Your mom was an inspiration to me when I worked with her at Emerson Hospital. Most of all the patients knew she loved and cared for them and offered them hope for their addictions. I used to go and visit her at the thrift shop after she retired but didn’t see her as much as I would have liked. She was one of a kind and will be missed by all. Peace Betty.

  • Jon Ludford

    August 21, 2013 11:34 am

    Joe and Lisa, and family. My sincerest condolences are with you all. I only met your mother a few times and she was a very warm, friendly lady. A pleasure to chat with, and a genuinely nice person. Our thoughts aee with you. Yours sincerely, Jon L and family.

  • Marian & Bill Roper

    North Adams, Ma (formerly Townsend, Ma)
    August 21, 2013 11:19 am

    Dear Kelly, Lindsay, Stephen and Family,

    We are sorry for your loss. Betty (Gram) was a sweet lady. Remember her nature walks with all the kids!

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

    Marian & Bill

  • Cindy Bacener

    Fitchburg, Ma
    August 21, 2013 8:03 am

    Dear Kelly, Lindsay, Stephen and all of Betty family. I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Love Cindy

  • Belkas Family

    Tyngsboro, MA
    August 20, 2013 11:00 pm

    Joe, Kelly, Bonnie & family,
    I believe when we lose someone close to us, they still live through us and give us strength.
    You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Love always,
    Nancy, Dan, Danny & Nathan

  • Katherine Bezanson

    Ashby, MA
    August 20, 2013 9:41 pm

    Kelly, Lindsay and Family, I am sincerely sorry for your loss. I know Betty was the world to you, as you were to her. May she rest in peace.
    Love, Kathy

  • Natalie Pelletier

    Manchester NH
    August 20, 2013 8:59 pm

    My Sincere and deepest Condolences to you all! Betty, aka as the “cosmic muffin” would always remind me “why” I felt the way I did due to me being a Virgo! :-) She will be missed by many and will always be in my heart! Her beautiful spirit lives on, through me and in me! <3 Love you Betty!

  • Shirley Meredith

    Columbia, Louisiana
    August 20, 2013 8:25 pm

    All my heartfelt love and compassion to Kelly, Bonnie and Joey. Betty was a dear friend and I will always cherish the happy memories that we shared recently. We have lost an awesome lady who was loved by many…