Lethin, Elizabeth A.

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Elizabeth A. “Betty” Lethin, 82, of Canton, died peacefully December 28, 2017.

Betty served as the school nurse for St. John’s School in Canton for a number of years before assuming the position of public health nurse for the town of Canton from 1982 until her retirement in 1999. Betty had a strong passion for helping others, which is reflected in her multiple volunteer roles. She served as a board member of HESSCO for over 25 years (including service as both president and treasurer), as well as a participant in the TRIAD program coordinated by the Norfolk County Sheriff’s Office.

Betty’s deep ties to the town also inspired many local volunteer endeavors. On top of being the instrumental cog in establishing both the Canton Food Pantry and the Canton Area Helpline, Betty was an active board member of the Canton Council on Aging since 1986 and an active member of the Canton Emergency Response Team (CERT).

Because of Betty’s community contributions, she was recognized a number of times by various organizations. In 2008, she was recognized by the commonwealth of Massachusetts as one of the state’s Unsung Heroines for her outstanding contributions to her organizations and community. In 2011, she was named as the Blue Hills Civic Association’s Dr. Richard J. Elkort Citizen of the Year. In 2012, Betty was honored by the Canton Rotary Club at their first annual Volunteer Recognition Night for her role as director of the Canton Area Helpline.

Betty enjoyed traveling, particularly to Japan, and spent many summers vacationing in Dennis Port on Cape Cod in the company of family and friends.

Betty was the daughter of the late Arthur and Loretta (Lane) Murphy and the wife of the late Walter R. Lethin. Loving mother of John E. Taylor and his wife, Susan, of West Roxbury, Terry L. Kraus and her late husband, William, of Dighton, Marybeth McCaffrey and her husband, Gerard, of Canton, Paul G. Lethin and his wife, Leanne, of Canton, and Gerard T. Lethin and his wife, Maureen, of Quincy. Sister of the late Nancy Mogan. Proud grandmother to nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Dear friend of the late James A. Fitzpatrick Jr., and the late Rev. James J. Hastings, CSSJ.

A mass of Christian burial was celebrated Wednesday in St. Gerard Majella Church in Canton. Interment Canton Corner Cemetery. Donations in Betty’s memory may be made to the Canton Area Helpline, P.O. Box 202, Canton, MA 02021. Arrangements by the Pushard Family Funeral Home, 210 Sherman Street, www.roache-pushard.com.

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