Kathryn Mary Bettencourt


Kathryn Mary Bettencourt, known to everyone as “Kay,” died on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2017. She was born on Jan. 11, 1944, and lived her entire 73 years in Edgartown. She was the daughter of Margaret and John O’Neil.

Kay retired from the Dukes County Savings Bank in January 2003, and enjoyed her time at home. She also worked at the A&P in Edgartown, was a commercial bay scalloper, and made wedding cakes over the years.

While retired, she took up the hobby of cross-stitching.  She stitched for hours daily, had her pieces framed, and gave them to family and friends. With the help of her brother Richard, she donated framed stitches to auctions across the country, with the proceeds going to nonprofit military originations to help others in need. She also enjoyed caring for her fish pond in the “little house behind the Dairy Queen.” Kids and adults would always stop for a look before venturing in for a DQ treat!

Kay always enjoyed helping people in need, whether donating cross-stitches to being a member of the affordable housing committee, to making donations to numerous charities in need. She loved her three grandchildren, and was able to watch them grow through the years into beautiful young ladies.

Kay is survived by her son Tony Bettencourt, his wife Erika, and their three daughters, Kassidy, Megan, and Annie, all of Edgartown; her brothers Richard O’Neil of Naples, Fla., and Stephen O’Neil of Edgartown; and her sisters Margaret Serpa, Sharon Willoughby, and Elizabeth Herrmann, all of Edgartown. She was predeceased by her brothers Michael and Peter O’Neil of Edgartown.

Kay was placed to rest next to her father in Edgartown on Tuesday, Sept. 5, and a reception was held at the P.A. Club in Oak Bluffs, where many friends and family gathered to celebrate her life.