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Betsy Pullen Leitch
  • In lieu of flowers, doantions may be made to the Betsy Leitch Memorial Fund at the Alzheimer's Assoc. 480 Pleasant St. Watertown, MA 02472, or to Grace Church.

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Betsy Pullen Leitch, 81, of Newton, died peacefully on September 1, 2015 at Rogerson House in Jamaica Plain.

Betsy was the daughter of Elizabeth Pullen and Dr. George W. Pullen. She grew up in Brunswick and Camden, Maine, and attended the University of Maine, Orono, earning a Bachelor of Science in economics. She was an early student enrolled in what has become the University of Maine Honors College.

After graduation in 1955, she went to New York City, as she put it, "to seek fame and fortune." She worked as an economist and analyst for several Wall Street organizations including Prudential Insurance, W.R. Grace, and General Electric.

Betsy married William R. Leitch in 1963, and the couple lived in Greenwich Village and Brooklyn Heights, New York. They moved to Newtonville in 1968 when her husband, an editor at McGraw Hill's Business Week magazine, joined a small publishing company focusing on technology publications, such as "Computerworld".

After moving to Newtonville, Betsy chose to dedicate her life to raising children and community service. She is remembered for her work in many Newton organizations ranging from Grace Church to Newton Schools and the Bullough's Pond Association.

The family joined Grace Episcopal Church, Newton Corner, where Betsy served the parish in many functions including the church vestry as the treasurer for many years. She also coordinated services to the homebound and organized the Church Service League for senior citizens. As a member of the Altar Guild, she contributed her remarkable needlepoint skills when she collaborated to hand craft more than twenty altar rail kneelers.

Her commitment to education began when she joined the parents association of Clafflin School and continued volunteering through her children's graduations from Newton North High. At Newton North, she spearheaded a jobs program called "Career Focus" which brought local business and trades people to school to discuss employment opportunities with students.

She also served on the board of several local organizations including the Hospice of the Good Shepard, where she was treasurer, and the Boston Cecilia, a choral group.

Finance may have been her day job, but her recreational interests included gardening and environmental issues. She led the effort to save Newtonville's Bullough's Pond, which was filling with silt.

She is survived by her husband, of 52 years, William Leitch; daughter, Elizabeth (Tom) Richmond of Peoria, Illinois; son Bradford Leitch of Newton; four grandchildren, Danielle, Caden, Parker and Olivia all of Peoria, Illinois.

A funeral service for Betsy will be held at Grace Episcopal Church, 76 Eldredge St. Newton Corner, MA 02458 on Sat September 19 at 2:00 PM. Interment will follow the service in the Coleman Memorial Garden at Grace. A reception will be held in the church.

In lieu of flowers, doantions may be made to the Betsy Leitch Memorial Fund at the Alzheimer's Assoc. 480 Pleasant St. Watertown, MA 02472, or to Grace Church.

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