Remembering Betsy Cooley

Photo by Betsy Cooley
Betsy Cooley
Betsy Cooley

Betsy Cooley (Photo by: ) Betsy Cooley

Written by Jennifer Romm

Georgetown lost one of its treasures last week. Betsy Cooley passed away on Wednesday, April 25 at home with her daughters, Alison and Meredith, at her side.  We are all devastated by their loss and ours.  Betsy was our neighbor and our friend.  As executive director of the Citizens Association of Georgetown she was an inspiration.

She shepherded the organization through so much stuff.  She had the patience of a saint as she managed countless volunteers.  She was outgoing, loyal, creative and organized.  And she took pictures of everything!  Everyone knew her and admired her.  She was up for anything – and pretty much always had a plan B.  Her smile lit up the room.  And that hair!! 

She was an awesome artist, a world traveler, and an uber enthusiastic grandmother to Finn, Gustav and Gigi.  She was our biggest cheerleader.   She will be desperately missed. 

Betsy with Finn, Gustav and Gigi (Photo by: Betsy Cooley) Betsy with Finn, Gustav and Gigi

Betsy painting at the beach (Photo by: Betsy Cooley) Betsy painting at the beach

Plans are in the works for a memorial service.  Please save the date for 2pm June 23rd.  Her daughters are confirming with St Johns Episcopal Church in Georgetown this week.

Betsy Cooley, Catherine Parris Kerkam, Constance Chatfield-Taylor and Jennifer Romm (Photo by: ) Betsy Cooley, Catherine Parris Kerkam, Constance Chatfield-Taylor and Jennifer Romm

2 Comments For This Article

Margaret Byrne Heimbold

Betsy: You are a huge loss to our community and will be missed so very much. You were always an inspiration, a sparkling presence and a sought after counsel. May your family be blessed with comforting memories of your good times together. With sympathy and love, Margaret and Art Heimbold

Joanie Grosfeld

I met Betsy in a plein air class and found her to be a very graceful special person. She was pure like her artwork, so genuine and moving. Her art was a reflection of nature and the atmosphere and I loved the touch she used to make the beautiful images and colors. Though I didn't know Betsy well, she had an impact on me and I will never forget her. I am so sorry that she got sick. I miss her already. Love, Joanie