Roberta A. Whear


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Salem, MA - Roberta Hanson Whear, (Betty), 86, of Salem and Marblehead passed away peacefully surrounded by her five children, on January 19, 2019 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House.
Born in Medford, she attended Medford Public Schools. During her early teens, with strong support from her father, Betty attended the Boston Conservatory of Music and perfected her skills as an accomplished pianist. In 1953 Betty graduated from the Mount Auburn Hospital School of Nursing. She worked as a Registered Nurse at Mount Auburn and Massachusetts General Hospital.
Those left to cherish her memory are; her husband of 63 years Roger G. Whear Jr. and their five children, Robert and his wife, Sherry of Damariscotta Mills, Maine, Debra and her husband Bernard Fox of Sharon, Bruce and his wife Heidi of Swampscott, Gary and his wife Linnea of Pocasset and Diana and her husband, Geoffrey of Salem; grandchildren, Cory and Andrew Fox, Ian and Devin Whear, Derek, Megan and Nathan Staples, “The trips” Mathew, Scott and Sydney Whear. great-grandmother, to Alison Belle Fox.
Family and friends recall Betty as quiet and dignified with a great sense of humor and would often create surprises and then sit back and enjoy the show. A deep desire to nurture and care kept her busy helping friends, tending to her gardens and volunteering at the local food pantry and homeless shelter. Her classmates at Mount Auburn can attest to her loyalty as a friend as can the Wednesday church group, where she was known to enjoy a bloody Mary at the Three Cod Restaurant. She displayed to her children that courage, forgiveness and unconditional love is required for families to remain close.
Her greatest joy however was being with her children. Listening to her children recall events of their childhood, all the while interjecting to their spouses, “it didn’t happen that way”, watching the Patriots with her husband, “if he can be quiet”, following the accomplishments of her grandchildren and great grand daughter and baking her legendary ginger snap cookies for all to enjoy are moments all will miss.
Her parents, Robert and Margaret Hanson and two sisters Jean Godfrey of Winthrop and Leona Huston of California
Predeceased Betty.
Family and friends are invited to visiting hours on Sunday, January 27 from 2-6 p.m. at Murphy Funeral Home, 85 Federal St., Salem. Funeral Service on January 28, 2019 11 a.m. at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 135 Lafayette St., Marblehead. In lieu of flowers Betty has requested that donations in her memory be made to Hospice of The North Shore, 75 Liberty St., Danvers, MA. For more information or online guestbook, please visit or call 978-744-0497.
Published on January 24, 2019
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