Betty was an icon at Vassar and grew popular with students for her friendly attitude while guarding the entrance to the Mug. "I'm very famous...Doesn't matter who you ask," she once said. She is originally from New Bedford, Massachusetts and grew up on a Wampanoag reservation in Cape Cod. She was one of eight children.
After college, Betty began working at Vassar in 1987. She retired as a full-time security officer in 1994, but in 1999, at the request of Don Marsala, agreed to work part-time and at the Mug. Betty also served as a judge for at least four Mr. Vassar competitions and ran a crocheting mini-course in 2006, among other responsibilities. Outside of Vassar, she exercised her green thumb, hired by the town to water plants on Main Street in New Paltz. She also was a professional dancer, worked as an executive secretary for IBM, and once ran a home for recovering alcoholics.
Vassar recently pulled its security guards off of Mug duty when Aramark took control of the space.
An animated depiction of Betty was even featured in the Health Ed office's video on responsible drinking.
Students and employees were aware of her declining health and had placed a card in the College Center to be signed.
Most of all, Betty will be remembered for her warm and lively demeanor. "My husband used to say he'd never seen anyone who could get out of bed in the morning and just be happy, but that's the way I am," she told a newspaper in 2004. "I love it when I go to bed and I love it when I get up and I love everything in between." Betty's legacy includes two children, four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Don Marsala is expected to send out an email on Wednesday and her obituary should appear in Thursday's Poughkeepsie Journal.