Friday, 08 July 2011 00:00
Betsy Lee McKay Commons, of Shelter Island, NY, and Jensen Beach, FL, formerly of Port Washington, passed away on June 28, 2011 at Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead, surrounded by her immediate family. She was 78 years old. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Leslie A. Commons, in November 2004. Betsy was born on Sept. 12, 1932, in Williamsport, PA, the daughter of the late Earl Z. McKay and Gladys Long McKay Fraser. She attended Lycoming College in Williamsport, PA, where her maternal grandfather, Dr. John J. Long was president. After attending Lycoming College, she enrolled in the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA, where she graduated with a degree as a dental hygienist. It was at the University of Pennsylvania that she met her future husband, Dr. Leslie A. Commons. Dr. Commons practiced dentistry in Port Washington with his brother, Dr. Richard G. Commons. Betsy is survived by her two children, Peter G. Commons of Shelter Island and John L. Commons of Oyster Bay, her sister Lynda McKay Browne of Heathsville, VA, and three grandsons, Kenneth, Mitchell, and Matthew. Funeral arrangements were handled by the Austin F. Knowles, Inc. Funeral Home, Port Washington. A religious service was held at the funeral home on July 2. The interment followed at Nassau Knolls Cemetery.