Elizabeth “Betty, Gram” Hotaling Smith - September 7, 2009


 SELKIRK – Elizabeth “Betty, Gram” Hotaling Smith passed away peacefully at home Monday evening September 7, 2009.  Born in Albany in 1919, Betty was 89.  She was one of five children born to Lewis Eugene and Bertha (Seaburg) Hotaling.

     Betty attended school in New Baltimore, Selkirk and was a 1939 graduate of Coeymans High School where she loved sports.  She played volleyball, badminton, softball and her favorite, basketball.  After high school she worked at Huyck’s Mills in Rensselaer carding wool until 1941 when she married Arthur V. Smith.  Together Betty and Art spent over 50 years self-employed running a gas station, landscaping business and typesetting.

     They raised three children, Wayne Arthur Smith (Susanne) of Feura Bush, Cora Elizabeth Burns of Ravena and Eileen Pearl Smith of Selkirk.  Betty had 9 grandchildren, Suzee Smith, Sheri Dawson, Edward Smith, Chad Smith, Robert Burns, Jr., Connie Mortefolio, David Burns and Paul Stefanik.  She also had 22 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.  Betty was predeceased by her husband Arthur V. Smith, son-in-law Robert H. Burns and grandson, Wayne Smith, Jr.

     Funeral services will be held 10 AM Monday, September 14th at the Babcock Funeral Home, Ravena.  Burial will follow in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, South Bethlehem.  Friends may call at the funeral home on Sunday from 2 to 6 PM.