Elizabeth 'Betty' (DePace) Ferraro, age 96, of Watertown, died at home on January 29, 2018 after a long life well-lived.
Elizabeth was born in Boston on April 14, 1921 to the late Thomas and Grace (Leopoldi) DePace, and spent her early years in Boston's North End and Cambridge.
She married the love of her life Raymond Ferraro, and they settled in Watertown to raise their four children, Raymond, Janet, Marie and John. A wonderful cook, baker, and seamstress, her hands were rarely still and her kitchen rarely empty.
A longtime bookkeeper at Union Market Bank, where she worked with some of her dearest friends, Elizabeth loved reading, lunches at Cabot's and Frank Sinatra - definitely not in that order.
Elizabeth's greatest love, however, was her family - especially her husband Ray, whom she lovingly cared for at home during a long illness until his death in 2000. After her husband's passing, Elizabeth spent 10 wonderful years as a volunteer at Belmont Nursery School where she was known as Miss Betty to the children who filled her days with joy.
During the course of her life, Elizabeth was many things to many people - sister, wife, mother, friend. But the role that she was truly born for was as a grandmother to her four grandchildren and four great grandchildren, to whom she opened her heart, home and refrigerator on a near-constant basis. In all, Elizabeth had a hand in raising three generations of children who will be forever grateful for the time and adventures they shared with her.
Elizabeth was the adored wife of the late Raymond T. Ferraro, devoted mother of Raymond Ferraro and his wife Linda of Dover-Foxcroft, Maine, Janet Brown and her late husband Charles of Watertown, Marie Ferraro of Easthampton, MA, and John Ferraro of Watertown, beloved grandmother of Tasha, Joseph and Daniel Ferraro and Jenna Brown, and loving great grandmother of Sadie, Aya, Charlie and Lucy.
Funeral from the Nardone Funeral Home, 373 Main St. Watertown on Thursday at 8 AM followed by a 9 AM Funeral Mass in St. Luke’s Parish. Burial in Ridgelawn Cemetery. Visiting hours Wednesday from 4 - 7 PM. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Jimmy Fund c/o Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284