Friday, 11 February 2011 00:00
Elizabeth “Bette” McPherson Connolly, 94, of Mineola, died on Feb. 3, 2011. A resident of Mineola for 50 years, she was a retired dean of Berkley College (formerly Berkley Claremont Secretarial School) and an honorary member of the board of the Holy Cross Club of Long Island. An active sailor and sailboat racing crew for many years, she has been a long-time member of the Manhasset Bay Yacht Club. She was born in Beverly, MA, on Oct. 9, 1916 and graduated from Beverly High School and Simmons College. She was the youngest and last surviving of eight children of James and Margaret McPherson. She previously worked at Phillips Exeter Academy. She was predeceased in 2001 by her husband, John, who was the chairman of the Science Department at Mineola High School, and by a daughter Ellen. Mrs. Connolly is survived by her two daughters, Sheila Gentile of Kennett Square, PA, and Margaret “Peggy” May of Mineola; her two sons, John Jr. of Hicksville and Peter of Palm Desert, CA; 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
A wake was held at Cassidy Funeral Home and funeral services were held at Corpus Christi Church.