ST. ALBANS — Monique R. Bettis lost her courageous battle with Ovarian Cancer on Nov. 5th, 2015. She was born on May 4, 1936, in Burlington, the daughter of the late Leonard & Delphine (Grenier) Gelinas. She married Charles Bettis on July 3, 1954, in St. Anthony’s Church, Burlington. She was a 1953 graduate of Cathedral H.S. and received her Laureate degree in piano at 16 years of age. She was a communicate of Holy Angels Church in St. Albans, a choir member, Lector & altar server at funerals, for 50 years Monique played organ at several area churches for weddings and funerals.
Monique was the secretary for the Shelburne Vol. Fire Dept. Ladies Auxiliary. For years she played Mrs. Santa alongside her husband Charlie, “Santa.” She held various office positions and played the piano at family gatherings and weddings, playing for all her children’s wedding. She took up her latest hobby of painting in the “Bob Ross” style at 64 years of age. Monique kept Sunday’s open no matter-what for family. It was nothing to receive 12-40 people every Sunday after Mass. You never left hungry and most of the times left with a goody bag, a big hug and a big smile. She adored her family.
Monique was a “saver”. If you needed something you’d go to Mom’s house and she always seemed to have it. She saved all her “gowns” for all the little girls to play dress up with.
Besides her husband Charles of 61 years, she leaves her children and their spouses, Leonard and Theresa Bettis, Christine and Stephen Brock, Kathleen and Brian Cook, Monica Gingras, Irene and Jere Johnson, Michelle and Duane Allen, Charles and Kimberly Bettis, Jr, and Terry and Jacquie Bettis. She leaves behind 31 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and 16 godchildren. She also leaves her sisters, Henrietta and Madeleine. She was predeceased by her infant son, Dale Paul Bettis, her grandsons, Matthew Gingras and Michael Cook and 9 siblings. She will be dearly missed by all her children and grandchildren, and especially by her husband, Charles, but will live in our hearts forever!
Relatives and friends are invited to attend calling hours on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Heald Funeral Home, 87 So Main St., St. Albans.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, Nov. 12th at 10:30 a.m. at St. Albans Catholic Family, Holy Guardian Angels Church, 245 Lake St., St. Albans.
Interment will take place on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at Resurrection Park Cemetery, 200 Hinesburg Rd, South Burlington.
Should friends desire memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, Vermont Division, 55 Day Lane, Williston, VT 05495 or American Heart Association, Vermont Affiliate, 110 Main St – Suite 203, Burlington, VT 05401. Messages of condolence to Monique’s family are welcome at www.healdfuneralhome.com.