Betty Richey Gill


Betty Richey Gill, 87, of Oak Bluffs, formerly of Hampstead, N.C., and Mount Carmel, Conn., died peacefully, surrounded by family, at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital on January 31.

Betty was born in New Haven, Conn., to Irving and Gladys Richey. She is predeceased by her husband of 57 years, Ronald F. Gill of Cranston, R.I., whom she met on Martha’s Vineyard, where their families summered every year. They retired to North Carolina, where she was an avid bowler and golfer.

She was the mother of Ronald F. Gill Jr. and his late wife, Wanda, of Durham, Conn., and Deborah R.G. Westervelt and her husband, James, of Oak Bluffs; grandmother of Courtney W. Marek and her husband, Andrew, of Vineyard Haven, Lesley W. Heidt and her husband, Christopher, of Oak Bluffs, and Kimberly Lane of Florida and Margaret Bowers and her husband, Donald, of South Carolina; and great-grandmother of seven and great-great grandmother of two.

She was predeceased by her sister, Doris Peck of Conn., and her brother, Robert Richey of California.

Funeral services and interment will be private. Arrangements are under the care of the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Edgartown Road, Oak Bluffs. Please visit for online guest book and information.