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Betty Henry celebrates 100 years

October 18, 2018   ·   0 Comments

Written By MARNI WALSH

On October 7th, Mrs. Betty Hendry celebrated her 100th birthday with over 100 friends and guests attending and delivering well wishes.

The celebrations took place in the New Horizons Room in Dufferin Oaks Residence in Shelburne. On October 11th, the residence held a second celebration for residents and other guests to enjoy with Betty.

Dufferin Oak’s Lori Stringer shared Betty’s story with the Free Press this week. Betty tells us she was born to wonderful parents, on October 7, 1918 at their home in Ventry in Proton Township. As a child, Betty spent Sundays at the Presbyterian Church in Ventry. The church was actually built upon her father’s property. A musical child, Betty learned to play the organ, and at the age of 14, she began playing for Sunday school services at the church. Eventually, Betty became the church organist, a position she held for seven years.

Betty later married her sweetheart Bill Hendry in a ceremony at Ventry Presbyterian Church in June of 1943. The newlyweds settled into farm life on their property on the 7th line of Amaranth Township. Here, Bill and Betty enjoyed a busy life of farming; however, through the years they found time to enjoy traveling and socializing.

Betty is well known for her volunteering in the Shelburne community. Some of the many organizations that Betty lent the gift of her time and her talents to included the Shelburne and District Fall Fair, Dufferin Oaks Retirement Centre, Trinity United Church in Shelburne, and the Shelburne Hospital that once operated from its First Street location.

At one point, Betty and her husband Bill generously sponsored a Dutch couple to immigrate to Canada, and the pair lived with Bill and Betty for a whole year following their arrival in the country. The impact of Betty and Bill’s kindness on the couple’s life would have been enormous.

Betty also worked part time at Ray Hardick’s Jewelry Store on Main Street in Shelburne for several years. She says that Ray and Mary Hardick “were wonderful employers.”

After selling the farm, Betty retired to Shelburne and continued to enjoy gardening, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. Betty says that one of her secrets to living long and happy “is to marry a wonderful spouse and enjoy life.”

         

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