OBITUARY

Lillian Betor

March 19, 1930May 6, 2019
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Lillian (Sabath) Betor, 89, of North Dartmouth, Massachusetts, passed away on Monday, May 6, 2019. She was the wife of Edward P. Betor, with whom she enjoyed 68 years of marriage. Lillian was born on March 19, 1930, in Cleveland, Ohio, to the late Ameen and Nayfee (Barakey) Sabath.

Her parents, who immigrated from Lebanon in the 1900s, were active business owners in Cleveland and active in the Syrian-Lebanese community. Lillian graduated from John Hay High School in Cleveland in 1948 and worked in the business world before marrying and raising her family. After living in Ohio for many years, she and her husband moved to Massachusetts, where they owned and operated several McDonald franchises. She was known for her hospitality and helping to create a franchise that was more like a warm family-owned restaurant.

Lillian never met a stranger, and she befriended all whose paths she crossed, from church friends to McDonald regulars to clerks in stores she frequented. She was known for sending cards to everyone—those she knew well, those she’d just met, and even those she’d never met. Her family used to chide that she was singlehandedly keeping Hallmark Cards in business.

She and her husband loved the theater and traveled regularly to New York City to enjoy Broadway shows, sometimes seeing four shows in one weekend.

Her family was everything to her, and she loved to be with her children, her grandchildren, and her great-grandchildren, always checking in with them, and every night praying for each by name. A long-time member of St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in Cleveland and more recently of St. Mary Antiochian Orthodox Church in Pawtucket, she was a woman of quiet yet strong faith who lived her faith through her unmatched generosity of time and resources. Her motto, which she repeated often, was that she wanted to “give with a warm hand, not a cold hand.”

In addition to her devoted husband Edward, she is survived by her son Paul Betor and his wife Kerrie of North Dartmouth, their son David Banville, his wife Gabriela and daughter Claire, and their daughter Kerrie Anne Harrington and her husband Brian; and her daughter Lynn Marcotte and her husband Thomas of South Hamilton, their daughter Adrienne Dykstra and her husband Matthew and children Joelle, Rose and Daniel, and their son Peter Marcotte and his fiancée Leah Myers. Predeceased by her parents and her brother Fred Sabath, she is also survived by her sister and best friend Laurice Zambie, her brother Edward Sabath and his wife Mary, her sister-in-law Gloria Sabath, her sister-in-law Laverne Ameen and her husband William, and many beloved nieces, nephews, and friends.

Her funeral will be held on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 9 a.m. in the Waring-Sullivan Home at Dartmouth, 230 Russells Mills Rd., Dartmouth followed by burial in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, 2233 Robeson St., Fall River. Visiting hours Friday 5-8 p.m.

Donations may be made, in her name, to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

For online tributes please visit: www.waring-sullivan.com

Services

  • Visitation Friday, May 10, 2019
  • Funeral Saturday, May 11, 2019
  • Burial Saturday, May 11, 2019

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Michele Zambie

May 9, 2019

I will always remember how fondly my husband, Bob, spoke about his Aunt Lillian. The aunt that was his cheerleader, the one that encouraged and believed in him. She was the one that always remembered our wedding anniversary and birthdays. We will miss you dearly. You are very loved.

Judith Moniz

May 8, 2019

"Mrs B" was a very special lady, I treasured her friendship, and always will. All who knew her will miss her smile and her gentle way of making each one of us special too. My deepest condolences to her family and friends. My thoughts and prayers are with her, Mr B, and the entire family, as well as all that mourn her.
J Moniz, Florida

Alison Kitchen

May 7, 2019

Dear Lynn and family, I am so sad for your loss of your beautiful mom. I remember her so well from the Salem days when she came to visit and at your wedding. She glowed with the love of God. Anyone was blessed just being in her presence. How sweet to know she is rejoicing with Jesus that she is home with him. I pray that your time together celebrating her life will be filled with laughter and joy and that your grief will be a load that is carried by God and each other. Much love to you.

Lori Zambie

May 6, 2019

Such a beautiful, sweet lady and always so kind and generous. She blessed so many people in so many ways, including my husband (her nephew) George and me. I’ll always have fond memories of her.❣️

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Biography

Lillian (Sabath) Betor, 89, of North Dartmouth, Massachusetts, passed away on Monday, May 6, 2019. She was the wife of Edward P. Betor, with whom she enjoyed 68 years of marriage. Lillian was born on March 19, 1930, in Cleveland, Ohio, to the late Ameen and Nayfee (Barakey) Sabath.

Her parents, who immigrated from Lebanon in the 1900s, were active business owners in Cleveland and active in the Syrian-Lebanese community. Lillian graduated from John Hay High School in Cleveland in 1948 and worked in the business world before marrying and raising her family. After living in Ohio for many years, she and her husband moved to Massachusetts, where they owned and operated several McDonald franchises. She was known for her hospitality and helping to create a franchise that was more like a warm family-owned restaurant.

Lillian never met a stranger, and she befriended all whose paths she crossed, from church friends to McDonald regulars to clerks in stores she frequented. She was known for sending cards to everyone—those she knew well, those she’d just met, and even those she’d never met. Her family used to chide that she was singlehandedly keeping Hallmark Cards in business.

She and her husband loved the theater and traveled regularly to New York City to enjoy Broadway shows, sometimes seeing four shows in one weekend.

Her family was everything to her, and she loved to be with her children, her grandchildren, and her great-grandchildren, always checking in with them, and every night praying for each by name. A long-time member of St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in Cleveland and more recently of St. Mary Antiochian Orthodox Church in Pawtucket, she was a woman of quiet yet strong faith who lived her faith through her unmatched generosity of time and resources. Her motto, which she repeated often, was that she wanted to “give with a warm hand, not a cold hand.”

In addition to her devoted husband Edward, she is survived by her son Paul Betor and his wife Kerrie of North Dartmouth, their son David Banville, his wife Gabriela and daughter Claire, and their daughter Kerrie Anne Harrington and her husband Brian; and her daughter Lynn Marcotte and her husband Thomas of South Hamilton, their daughter Adrienne Dykstra and her husband Matthew and children Joelle, Rose and Daniel, and their son Peter Marcotte and his fiancée Leah Myers. Predeceased by her parents and her brother Fred Sabath, she is also survived by her sister and best friend Laurice Zambie, her brother Edward Sabath and his wife Mary, her sister-in-law Gloria Sabath, her sister-in-law Laverne Ameen and her husband William, and many beloved nieces, nephews, and friends.

Her funeral will be held on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 9 a.m. in the Waring-Sullivan Home at Dartmouth, 230 Russells Mills Rd., Dartmouth followed by burial in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, 2233 Robeson St., Fall River. Visiting hours Friday 5-8 p.m.

Donations may be made, in her name, to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

For online tributes please visit: www.waring-sullivan.com