Betsey Dray Falvey of Wellesley, MA, died on Tuesday November 1st, 2022, from complications related to Alzheimer’s disease. She was the loving wife of Arthur Falvey; beloved mother of Ryan (Brett Robb) of Somerville, MA, Mark (Jean-Yves Nayl) of Paris, France, and Justin (Samie Kim) of Los Angeles, CA; and cherished grandmother to Jace, Theo, and Bowen Falvey. Betsey is also survived by many nieces and nephews that she loved dearly. She was predeceased by her daughter and soulmate Michelle, her brothers Robert Dray, Richard Dray, and beloved sister Nancy Burton, and her dear parents, Gertrude and Michael Dray.
Betsey was born in Boston in 1937, raised in Hyde Park and Milton, and spent many joyous summers in Scituate. She graduated from Newton College with a teaching degree and upon graduation she worked as a special needs teacher in the Boston Public School System. Betsey loved teaching and developed enduring friendships with many students and their families. She left teaching to raise her four children and then later worked for many years in her husband’s dental practice.
Betsey had an infectious smile and a warm, engaging presence. She was an independent spirit who found great joy in meeting new people, learning about their lives, and very often finding a way to make a lasting connection. Betsey loved opening her heart and home to others. She could always fit another chair around the dining room table to accommodate an additional guest during a holiday – especially those that may not have family nearby. Friends of Betsey often remarked about her kindness, colorful sense of style, and marvelous sense of humor.
The family truly appreciates the caregivers that were by Betsey’s side during her illness and are grateful to the wonderful staff at Adelaide Memory Care Facility in Newton, MA for ensuring Betsey’s dignity and comfort during the later stages of her disease. The family would also like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Fatu Sesay for her compassion, beautiful friendship, and skilled caregiving throughout Betsey’s illness.
Interment will be private and a celebration of Betsey’s life will be scheduled to take place in 2023. Please consider donations to the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund, www.curealz.org
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