West Haven, CT — Elizabeth N. “Bette” Houley, of West Haven,CT, for 53 years the beloved wife of the late Joseph E. Houley, died peacefully, July 13, 2012, after a long life numbering 100+ years. Elizabeth was born in New Haven, December 26, 1911, a daughter of the late Webster W. and Inez Brockway Leland. She is the loving mother of Joseph P. Houley and his wife Linda, of Natick, MA, Elizabeth Colberg and her husband Donald, of Bethany, CT, and Kathleen Kemp and her husband Christopher, of Londonderry, NH; cherished grandmother of Richard (Tracy) Colberg, Criston (Lisa) Colberg, Mary-Elizabeth Kemp (Russell) Hauver, Craig (Rebecca) Kemp, Andrew Houley, and Virginia Houley; great grandmother of 4 dear great grandchildren, Samantha Colberg, Ryan Colberg, Ashley Colberg, and Mathew Charles Colberg. She also leaves two sisters, Marjorie Miller and Frances DeCarlo, both of West Haven. She was predeceased by her brother, Webster Leland. Bette was a communicant of Saint Lawrence Church, West Haven and a member of the Saint Therese’s Guild there. She performed the duties of Sacristan in the parish for many years, beginning in the late 50s. She was also recording secretary for the Notre Dame Mother’s Club from 1964 to 1966. Later in life, into her 80s, she enjoyed bowling with her sisters in a weekly league. She was truly a peacemaker at heart.
ARRANGEMENTS: The funeral will be from the Keenan Funeral Home, 238 Elm Street, West Haven, Thursday morning at 9:15 followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Lawrence Church, 207 Main Street, West Haven at 10:00. Burial will be in Mt. St. Peter’s Cemetery, Derby. Family and friends called at the funeral home Wednesday evening from 4:00 to 8:00 pm. For friends of Joe and Kathy in the Massachusetts and New Hampshire area, a memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 10:00am, at St. Cecelia’s Church, Belvedere Street, Boston, Back Bay. Condolences may be expressed online at www.keenanfuneralhome.com