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Betty Charlton of Neatishead died
peacefully at the Priscilla Bacon Lodge on 3rd November 2021. Her
funeral was held at St Faiths Crematorium on 17th November and attended by around 100 people, most of whom retired afterwards to the Black Swan at St Faiths.
She is survived by husband Pete and son
Betty was born in Bungay, Suffolk on 16th
June 1931, the second oldest of five children. She attended Bungay area school
where she met future husband Peter, both at 11 years old. On leaving school she
trained as a nurse at the Royal Hospital Guildford before transferring to the
Norfolk and Norwich Hospital.
Subsequent to nursing, Betty also taught
for a number of years at Catton Hall School Norwich, from where she retired in
She married Peter in 1952 and they had two
children, Jane and Joe. Jane sadly died in 1988. Joe eventually re-located to
Greece where he opened a successful boatyard business.
Betty sailed for a number of years in a
variety of boats with husband Pete and started racing in Henrietta with the Yare
Sailing Club before joining in 2001. Betty became a great
advocate of the YSC, becoming a committee member and greatly supporting club
events. Even after parting with Henrietta in 2012, Betty and Pete continued to
support the club with their motor cruiser Damsel, where she became renowned for
her on-board hospitality.
In addition to her love of sailing, she
also enjoyed walking and playing badminton until well into her eighties.
She enjoyed travelling, regularly journeying solo to visit son Joe in
Greece and visiting friends in France. She was an accomplished artist and
regularly exhibited in local art exhibitions. She was much loved and will be