Betty Martin Munro, a life-long resident of Delaware County, passed away peacefully on March 30, 2014 at the age of 84. Betty was born July 30, 1929, to Wendall and Elisabeth Sacket Martin. She and eight siblings, Wendall (Stub), Frank (Pepper), Don, Dave, Jim, Stan, Jeanne, and Jerry, enjoyed great adventures on the Prairie Hill Farm near Bloomville, known for its 16-sided dairy barn, and Martin family sugar bush.
Betty’s education began in a one-room schoolhouse. Her curiosity and determination made her a great student. She graduated from South Kortright and attended Oneonta Normal School. Betty taught in Roxbury, Fleischmanns, and Margaretville where her hands-on approach inspired a generation. She was innovative, creating adventures for her students that transcended classroom boundaries, such as taking primary students on an overnight trip to New York City. After years of teaching, Betty became the Curriculum Coordinator and Principal in Margaretville where her common-sense leadership made a difference until her retirement in 1985. Betty continued to promote literacy as an active volunteer at the Roxbury Public Library.
In 1952 Betty married Robert Munro. They raised three children at their Roxbury home, which became a community gathering place. Family and friends treasured the views of autumn foliage, thunderstorms, and children of all ages playing in the yard from Betty’s front porch. Countless children learned to swim in Betty’s pool, though she herself never swam. Gatherings included Betty’s famous cherry pie, coleslaw, a freezer full of ice cream or pancakes and bacon on the griddle. Her gardens provided seed plants for gardens from Delaware County to Idaho and Montana. Children visiting Betty will remember learning to identify many birds and other creatures inhabiting Betty’s gardens and feeders.
Devotion to family, commitment to education, and love of nature is the legacy that will live on in the hearts of those who loved Betty.
She was preceded in death by Robert Munro, Don Broekema, and brothers, Frank, Dave, Jim, Stan, and Jerry Martin.
Betty is survived by her children, William and Diane Munro of Florida, NY, Denise and Brian Manning of Whitefish, MT, and Karen Munro of Roxbury; her devoted grandchildren, Robert (Robb) and Stephanie Munro, Ryan and Andy Oosterheert, Allyn and Megan Shultis, Garrett Munro, Aaryn Manning and Rebecca Manning; her great-grandchildren, Joshua and Josephine Oosterheert, and William (Liam) Munro; dear friends, Phil and Lois Corsi, her beloved Corsi and Martin nieces and nephews, and all the children who loved “Aunt Betty.”
A celebration of Betty’s life will be held at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Roxbury Public Library, 53742 Hwy 30, Roxbury, NY 12474, or Hospice of Delaware County, 116 Main St, Delhi, NY 13753.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Miller Funeral Home, Roxbury.