, Newburyport, MA

May 28, 2014

Elizabeth Adams Gillette, 100

Newbury, MA — Elizabeth Adams Gillette, of Newbury, just six days shy of her 101st birthday, died peacefully Sunday morning at Sea View Retreat in Rowley.

Born in Newburyport on May 31, 1913, she was one of three daughters of the late Russell W. and Rachel M. (Brown) Gillette. She was a graduate of Newburyport High School, Class of 1931. She went on to receive a bachelor's degree in music in 1940 from Boston University and her master’s in music education in 1950, leading her to a lifelong career as a beloved music teacher, who shared her enthusiasm for music not only with her students, but with everyone in her life.

Betty was a founding member of the Newburyport Choral Society and sang with the chorus from 1934 to 2009. As a tribute to her “life of music,” Betty was sponsored as a conductor at the 2013 Newburyport Choral Society Christmas Concert, where she received a heartwarming, standing ovation.

She will always be remembered as a mentor to many, for her standards of excellence, and her ability to inspire others and bring out the best in them.

She is survived by her two sisters, Suzanne Swensen of Raynham, and Ruth Schrek of Chicago, Ill.; along with many generations of nieces and nephew, who were more like her children and grandchildren; and many dear friends.

ARRANGEMENTS: A memorial service for family and friends will be held Sunday, June 1, at 2 p.m., at First Religious Society (Unitarian Universalist Church), 26 Pleasant Street, Newburyport. Interment in Oak Hill Cemetery will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Newburyport Choral Society, P.O. Box 92, Newburyport, MA 01950.