Betsy J. Rife

May 3, 1950January 5, 2021

Betsy J. (Clarke) Rife, age 70, passed away Tuesday, January 5, 2021 in St. Anne’s Hospital, Fall River. Born in Providence, RI a daughter of the late Warren M. and Lois (Sherry) Clarke she was a longtime resident of Swansea.

A graduate of Sacred Hearts Academy, Class of 1968 she earned an Administrative certification from the Katherine Gibbs School. A Real Estate Agent for Townhouse Realty for many years she also owned and operated her own real estate appraisal company before retiring in 2001.

Skilled at crafting and quite artistic, she enjoyed knitting and crochet and had impeccable penmanship. A skilled musician and music fan she played piano and guitar and especially love The Beatles, who she was able to see in 1965 at Shea Stadium and in 1966 at Suffolk Downs. An animal lover she especially adored her cat Sophie.

Betsy is survived by one sister, Sherry A. Clarke and her companion Donald Cunard of Riverside, RI; one brother, Gregory W. Clarke of Swansea; sister-in-law, Linda Clarke, two nieces, Rebecca Pereira and her husband Aaron and Amy Clarke; a great niece, Sophie Pereira; a great nephew, Jeffrey Pereira and by her second family, Patti and Larry Boulay and family. She was the sister of the late Jeffrey W. Clarke.

Due to current restrictions her services will be private. Contributions in her honor may be made to the Swansea Animal Shelter, 68 Stevens Road, Swansea, MA 02777.


  • Swansea Animal Shelter


  • Private Services


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Cathy Bohun

January 11, 2021

Sherry, im so sorry for your loss my deepest sympathy.may she rest in peace.

Carol Chace

January 11, 2021

Betsy was so special. We played golf together for years and cards on Friday nights, I send my condolences to all her family. I was just messaging with her a few weeks ago, her beatle knowledge was my fav thing about her we shared that love. RIP

Joanne Champagne

January 7, 2021

You were a good friend in high school. So sorry to hear of your passing.

Susan Hersey Harding

January 7, 2021

I’m so sorry to hear of Betsy’s passing. We were good friends at SHA and had many fun times in her Mustang and pool. I think of her often being such a John Lennon fan.

Colleen (Fanning)Chretien

January 7, 2021

Betsy and I were good friends during our years at SHA. We shared a love of music and spent much time together singing and playing guitar. It’s very sad to hear of her passing. My sympathies to the family and to her friend Donnie.

Donna Oblachinski

January 7, 2021

I went to SHA and although she was a few yrs older, I was class of 1970, I remember her as a very pleasant and kind person. Rest in Peasce Betsy! With Deepest Sympathy!!

Donna (Worthen) Oblachinski