SUNDERLAND, Vt. — Betty F. Jetty, age 90, died Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, in Sunderland, Vt., where she resided for the past four years with her daughter, granddaughter and great-granddaughter whom she fondly referred to as “Gwennie Bear.”

At her request, there will be no calling hours or funeral.

There will be a graveside committal service in the spring at a time to be announced in Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Port Byron, followed by a celebration of life at a place to be announced.

Betty was born Aug. 12, 1928, in Pompey, N.Y., the daughter of Alfred and Hazel Peterson Ferris. She graduated from Port Byron High School at age 16.

On March 11, 1950, she married Milford (Mish) Jetty in Throop, N.Y. with the Rev. Payson Derby officiating. Mish, a World War II Marine veteran, passed away in December of 2000.

She was a telephone operator for more than 35 years for New York Telephone Company in Auburn, N.Y., retiring April 29, 1983. After her retirement, she was often an answering service for her son’s business, T.R. Jetty Funeral Home in Clayton, N.Y.

Betty was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America and of the John Cool Post 257 American Legion Auxiliary in Port Byron.

All her life her greatest love was spending as much time as she could with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, including taking them to amusement parks. She also enjoyed garage “shopping,” antiques, and was an avid Yankees fan.

Surviving are her daughter, Arden Jorolemon, of Sunderland, Vt.; two sons, Randy (Diane) Jetty, of Port Byron, N.Y., and Terry and his companion, Heather Delaney, of Clayton, N.Y.; six grandchildren, Mary Jo (Eric) Norfolk, of Apex, N.C., Rick (Dawn) Jorolemon, of Port Byron, N.Y., Jessica (Tammy Shupka) Jorolemon McGowan, of Sunderland, Vt., Sara (Jacob) Haremza, of Sunderland, Vt., Eric Jetty, of Clayton, N.Y., and Shauna (Derek) Sherboneau, of Clayton, N.Y.; nine great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; sisters-in-law, Fern Fowler Greene, and Velma Thompson, both of Auburn, and Janet Mills, of Rochester; and nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, Mish, Betty was predeceased by a son-in-law, Dick Jorolemon, of Port Byron, N.Y.; a daughter-in-law, Laurie Jetty, of Clayton, N.Y., and two sisters, Thelma Gianni, and Mildred Reed.

Donations can be made in her name to the Port Byron Volunteer Fire Department.

Arrangements are with the T.R. Jetty Funeral Home in Clayton, N.Y.

Condolences can be made at trjetty.com.


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