Elizabeth "Betty" O'Leary
July 17, 1929 – November 5, 2020
Elizabeth "Betty" O’Leary age 91, of West Orange, NJ, formerly of Livingston, NJ, passed away peacefully on Thursday November 5, 2020. A private Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Raphael Church 346 E. Mt. Pleasant Avenue Livingston, NJ, followed by a burial at Gate of Heaven Cemetery E. Hanover, NJ. Elizabeth was born in Paisley, Scotland and came to the U.S in 1958. She was a receptionist at the Livingston Public Library. For decades, everyone in Livingston knew her because she loved to chat with her thick Scottish brogue. She was a devoted catholic and loved going to mass every day. Elizabeth was predeceased by her beloved husband Donald O’Leary. She is survived by her devoted daughters Donna (David) Sirianni, Fiona (Scott) Beatty and Colleen (JJ) Pierson and her loving grandchildren Olivia, Owen, Kate, Lily, Paige, Cooper and Grace. Elizabeth is also survived by her dear sister Kay (Jack) Stone In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Livingston Public Library 10 Robert H. Harp Drive Livingston, NJ 07039.
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Elizabeth "Betty" O'Leary
Maeve O Leary
November 9, 2020
Dear Donna, Colleen, Fiona & Families
Deepest condolences on the passing of your beloved Mother, my Aunt Betty.
I have very fond childhood memories of Aunt Betty and Uncle Don visiting Ireland, with my talented and stylish American cousins, and the many tales of life in their new adopted country. It was so exciting to hear and anticipate visits from your parents and to share in their proud stories of your accomplishments from afar.
Aunt Betty was always so generous and thoughtful. I remember edible ‘candy’ necklaces, beautiful coloured hair ties and brand new stylish dresses which as the youngest were a real treat.
As a proud Scotswoman who courageously created a new life in America, both your parents migration journey would certainly have impacted me as a child and sewn a seed.
When I last met up with Uncle Don in Dublin, he spoke so proudly of his love and devotion to Aunt Betty and how much he cherished his children and grandchildren and retirement. He loved his weekly ritual of taking your Mum to the mall.
Rest In Peace Aunt Betty.
Love from Cousin Maeve, Bruce, Róisín, Eva & Elinya. Melbourne, Australia
November 8, 2020
Donna, Fiona and Colleen, so sad to hear the news of Betty's passing.
We are sending our love across the Atlantic from Dublin. As my godparent Betty (and Don was also) Ive fond memories of visits with gifts growing up in the 1970s. Matchbox cars then and on their last visit a lovely tie I still treasure. I recall you all visiting Foxrock back then, with the gift of a Snoopy electric toothbrush for my siblings, when were still operating manually.
Special times that won't be forgotten. Most of all was her fabulous accent, her unique positive and cheery voice that told stories that took attention.
Sending our love to the three of you and your families.
May she rest in peace
Redmond, Judith, Emily and Lauren
Jimmy & Pat Friel
November 7, 2020
Dear Donna, Colleen and Fiona - Please accept out deepest condolences on your Mom's passing. We know how special she was to all of you. We have so many fond memories of Betty. She was a beautiful woman in her personality, integrity and actions. We're sure her children and grandchildren were everything to her. What a legacy she is leaving behind. A life with love is a life that has been lived. May the beautiful memories you shared bring you comfort during this difficult time. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Rosemary William's (nee O'Farrell)
November 7, 2020
Very sorry to hear of the passing of Aunt Betty. God bless her and all her near and dear ones. I am very grateful for the way she went out of her way to visit relatives (through Uncle Don) in Ireland, introducing us to our lovely cousins. I have fond memories of her from these visits, refreshed not many years ago when she brought Olivia with her and we all gathered for a meal in Dun Laoghaire. Thanking God for her, for the beautiful family she reared and for her faith in the Lord.
Niamh Fogarty nee OLeary
November 6, 2020
My Auntie Betty & Uncle Donny,
The sophisticated US relatives coming to visit little old Ireland in the 60's!! Seemed so cosmopolitan to us at that moment in time. My childhood memory of Betty was not, just her amazing Scottish Accent, but believe it or not her NAILS!! always manicured to perfection!!.
May she rest in peace. Sending our love from Dublin Ireland.