With the death of Elizabeth “Betty” Dennis this past week, the town of Killingworth and the Killingworth Democratic Town Committee have lost a devoted supporter, volunteer, organizer, and friend. A longtime member of the KDTC, Betty served as Democratic Registrar of Voters from 2005 to 2017, continuing to serve at the polls after her retirement from that elected position. The Democratic Town Committee’s annual May Bake Sale fundraiser was organized well in advance by Betty. She would be the first there and the last to leave, rain, shine, and occasionally freezing temperatures. Her creamy homemade fudge was a much sought after item at the table.
Betty also served on the Killingworth Public Health Agency from 2013 to the present and was a member of the Killingworth Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). In this position she helped staff our emergency shelters when they were opened and was part of the team that went to Middletown to help after the 2010 power plant explosion.
Active at St. Lawrence Church, she was a proud member of their Columbiettes, and always a busy presence during church fairs, rummage sales, and the renowned Strawberry Festival. She also helped organize and run the Shawl Ministry at the church, a group of women who knit shawls for the sick.
Betty leaves behind four sons and their families, including two much loved grandchildren. Calling hours at Swan Funeral Home in Clinton will be Wednesday, August 3 from 5 until 8. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday morning, August 4th at 10 a.m. in St. Lawrence Church.
Elizabeth “Betty” Dennis will be remembered fondly by all of us who worked beside her in one cause or another over decades. She will be missed. Our condolences to her family.