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OBITUARY

Elizabeth Ann Walker

15 May, 194019 August, 2020
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Elizabeth A. (Colavecchio) Walker, 80, longtime Clinton educator, passed away on August 19, 2020 after a brief illness at the Hospital of St. Raphael, New Haven, CT. with family by her side. Betty was born May 15, 1940 in Providence, RI to the late Frank Colavecchio and Albertha E. (Levesque) Colavecchio previously residing in West Warwick, RI before settling in Clinton, CT in 1962.

She attended St. Xavier High School, Providence, RI and graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 1962 with a BA in Education. She later acquired an MA in Education from Southern Connecticut State University. She also attended Quinnipiac University where she pursued a Certificate in Occupational Therapy.

Mrs. Walker was employed by Clinton Public Schools from 1978-1994 after working for the Haddam- Killingworth school district for two years.

She was a member of the First Church of Christ Congregational, Clinton, CT and was a longtime resident of Clinton. She married Robert A. Walker in 1962 and they made their home in Clinton, CT. Betty was a devoted wife and mother who cherished time spent with family. In addition to raising two children, she maintained her career as an educator. A lighthearted woman, she had a loving and gentle nature with a great sense of humor. A dedicated teacher, Betty spent many years working with learning disabled children, continuing to do so even after retiring in 1994. She enjoyed reading and writing as well as doing crossword puzzles. She loved to play Scrabble with family members and to gather with her lady friends to play Canasta on Tuesdays.

Betty will be most remembered for her strong will and persevering nature. She is survived and will be dearly missed by a son: Michael R. Walker and his husband, Steven Faiella of Danbury, CT. A daughter: Karen E. (Walker) Austin and her husband, William E. Austin III of Northford, CT. She is also survived by her sister: Francine H. Colavecchio of Johnston, RI as well as her beloved grandchildren: Eric M Austin of West Haven, CT and Kristen E Austin of Northford, CT.

In addition to her husband, Robert A. Walker, she was predeceased by her good friend, the late Judith Jacobson.

Betty’s family would like to express their deep gratitude to the Hospice staff for their wonderful care and support during her illness as well as her many friends and neighbors for their many acts of kindness over the years.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, August 28th at 11am in the First Church of Christ Congregational, Clinton, CT. A calling hour will be held for one hour prior to the service in church. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, August 29th at 10:30am in St. Joseph Cemetery, West Warwick, RI.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in her memory may be made to the First Church of Christ Congregational, Clinton, CT.

Services

  • Calling Hour

    Friday, 28 August , 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, 28 August , 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, 29 August , 2020

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jennifer shea

August 26, 2020

We will miss our dear sweet neighbour Betty. So enjoyed our book swaps. Nothing is better than a good murder mystery, we agreed. Boy could she bake a super coffee cake! Be rested Betty.
Thoughts are with all the family. Peace and Love, Jen Shea and the others at Harbor's Edge

Kathy Nicely

August 21, 2020

You will be greatly missed each Tuesday at canasta. I learned a lot by watching how you played. I'll try making those moves when we get back to playing. You had a giggle, which we all enjoyed hearing. I'm glad we had recent talks on the phone . I know your family was everything to you. They will continue to live good lives in your honor. You will be greatly missed. It's a pleasure to have gotten to know you and your kindness. Prayers for your loved ones.

carol sanderson

August 21, 2020

Betty and I worked together for a few years at Pierson School. She was a gentle, caring person, full of kindness and love for her students. She adored her children, and was a good friend to many. I know she will be missed by many.

Ed and eileen schumann

August 21, 2020

Betty Ann was part of our family and a very very dear friend. We have had the pleasure of knowing her for many years. We will miss her coffee cakes she made but most of all we will miss seeing her and enjoying her company. We had so many good times with her and her family.

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