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160 Fisher Ave.
WHITE PLAINS, NY 10606
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Elizabeth Scantlebury

Elizabeth "Betty" Scantlebury

Saturday, November 25th, 1933 - Wednesday, December 4th, 2019
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W. Elizabeth Scantlebury otherwise known as “Betty” was born on the island of Barbados on November 25th, 1933. Betty, the 11th of 12 children, received her early education in Barbados. She often looked out at the distant ocean and wondered what lay beyond it. Her childhood desire was to leave Barbados and go to America “when she grew up”. In June, 1952 at age 18, that dream came true ~ she left Barbados to live in New York. Betty lived at Lenox Avenue in Harlem in a five-story brownstone owned by her cousin, Henry A. Toppin, a well-known undertaker.

After coming to the United States, Betty completed her high school education. She then received a diploma in secretarial studies from the New York Business School in 1953, and was hired as a stenographer at the Presbyterian Board of National Missions. She worked for the Department of Missionary Personnel, where persons were hired to staff the various missionary schools, colleges, and hospitals in the country. After working there for 3 years, Betty took a job at the American Cancer Society as secretary to the Assistant Manager of Public Relations. In 1960, Betty was hired as a secretary to the Associate Manager of Public Relations at Mobil Oil Corporation. She was one of the first black women to be employed by Mobil. Although this job offered many benefits, Betty felt an inner nudge to change careers and do something that she felt would be more fulfilling for her.

In 1960, Betty married the Rev. Canon Cecil A. Scantlebury, “Alvin”, at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Harlem. Alvin worked as the Assistant Priest, at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church while Betty continued working at Mobil Oil Corporation.

In 1965, Betty and Alvin moved to Tiebout Avenue in the Bronx. It was while living there, that Betty discovered Bronx Community College, which was within walking distance. By this time, Betty had quit her job at Mobil Oil to take care of her young daughter, Monica. One day, Betty took a walk over to the College, and registered for an evening course in history. She enjoyed the class and earned an A. In the meantime, she learned that the community college offered an associates degree in nursing.

Betty completed her degree and became a registered nurse. She found her new career to be especially challenging and fulfilling, particularly when she began working at Jacobi Hospital in the Bronx.

In 1969, Betty, Alvin, and Monica moved to White Plains where Alvin was called to lead St. Francis and St. Martha’s Episcopal Church. Their daughter, Joy, was born shortly thereafter. Betty then received her Bachelor of Science degree from Pace University. She also worked at St. Agnes Hospital in White Plains, and at Grasslands Hospital, now the Westchester County Medical Center in Valhalla.

Betty was subsequently employed as a school nurse in the White Plains School District for 26 years. She worked at the Highlands Junior High School, and at the Mamaroneck Avenue Elementary School. She retired in 2000, having served children of all ages, ranging from pre-k to high school.

Betty fondly recalled how diverse the White Plains School District was. In fact, she referred to it as a mini-United Nations. She often thanked God that she was blessed to have a job that she thoroughly enjoyed. Not only did she care for the children, but she also had a very good working relationship with the teachers, administrative, and custodial staff.

Betty was a strong supporter of her husband’s ministry. Not only was she unpretentious and hard working - she was a master fundraiser. She spearheaded dinner dances, banquets, and her signature jazz concerts held at the church. Betty attributed her success in fundraising to her belief that all things are possible. In addition to raising money for her church, she did the same for the wider community. When Habitat for Humanity first came to Westchester in 1989, an idea initiated by Canon Scantlebury, Betty became a member of its board of directors and was its first chairperson of special events.

For over 25 years, Betty attended many religious retreats, and credited her spiritual growth to the discipline of prayer and meditation. She hosted Sunday evening discussions during Lent. Betty also combined a New York University graduate course in Dr. Delores Krieger’s Therapeutic Touch, with her nursing background and spirituality. She had success in healing through prayer and the laying on of hands. Every morning, she and Alvin offered prayers for others.

Betty’s household accommodated students, friends, and relatives, many coming from overseas. Betty was a friend, mentor, and confidant to many. She often remarked that while she did not collect coins or stamps, she enjoyed collecting all kinds of people as friends and acquaintances. It was her belief that others are our greatest teachers, and everyone has something to share, regardless of race, religion, education or socio-economic background. She also discovered that a sense of humor is a valuable asset.

Among the awards Betty received was the American Lung Association’s Rosalie Weiss Memorial Award for “outstanding leadership in health education”. She was also the recipient of the P.T.A. Jenkins Award for outstanding service to the children of the White Plains Schools, which entitled her to lifetime membership in the New York State Parent Teachers Association. Betty was also an involved parent in the Valhalla Public Schools, and was very active in the Parkway Homes Civic Association.

Throughout the years, Betty enjoyed taking a variety of courses. At Fashion Institute of Technology, she studied dress designing and millinery. Calligraphy and cake decorating were among the other skills that she developed.

One of the sayings of Jesus that had meaning to Betty was “Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and the door will open unto you”.

Betty is predeceased by her husband, the Rev. Canon Cecil A. Scantlebury, and survived by her daughters: Dr. Monica and Joy Scantlebury; her brother, Harold (Isolene) Gay of Boston; sister-in-law Juliette Scantlebury of Brooklyn; sister-in-law Ethne Gay of Ontario; sister-in-law Barbara Scantlebury of Savannah; sister-in-law, Enid Gay; brother-in-law, Lincoln (Shelley) Scantlebury, of Barbados; and a host of nieces and nephews, other relatives, and friends.



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The Entire Staff of Lee's Funeral Home, LLC respects that the Scantlebury family entrusted the care of their loved one to us, and that they value the level of service & attention our funeral home provides. We are honored, in turn, to provide comfort, assistance and service to Scantlebury family during their time of bereavement.

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In LIEU of flowers, the family appreciates/kindly requests memorial donations be made in her honor/memory/name to: St. Francis & St. Martha's Episcopal Church, 575 Tarrytown Rd., White Plains, NY 10607; and/or Friends of T.D.Y.C.C., c/o Senior Unit, 32 Manhattan Ave., White Plains, NY 10607, (& memo field in check should specify in her memory for Senior Unit); and/or Hospice Care in Westchester & Putnam, 540 White Plains Rd., Suite 300, Tarrytown, NY 10591 (also through donation tab on menu here in website). If flowers are sent despite family request NOT for flowers, small plants or vases are preferred, & may be DELIVERED ONLY On FRI. DEC.13th, 2019 By/Before 6:00PM To LEE'S FUNERAL HOME. The Family Thanks You!
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, December 14th, 2019 | 9:30am - 9:45am
    When
    Saturday, December 14th, 2019 9:30am - 9:45am
    Location
    St. Francis & St. Martha’s Episcopal Church
    Address
    575 Tarrytown Road
    WHITE PLAINS, NY 10607
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    Notes
    There will ONLY be a public Visitation to speak with her family & MEMORIAL SERVICE on Saturday, December 14th, 2019, as scheduled above at the church (private cremation services have already been held, so there is NO viewing). ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ In LIEU of flowers, the family appreciates/kindly requests memorial donations be made in her honor/memory/name to: St. Francis & St. Martha's Episcopal Church, 575 Tarrytown Rd., White Plains, NY 10607; and/or Friends of T.D.Y.C.C., c/o Senior Unit, 32 Manhattan Ave., White Plains, NY 10607, (& memo field in check should specify in her memory for Senior Unit); and/or Hospice Care in Westchester & Putnam, 540 White Plains Rd., Suite 300, Tarrytown, NY 10591 (also through donation tab on menu here in website). If flowers are sent despite family request NOT for flowers, small plants or vases are preferred, & may be DELIVERED ONLY On FRI. DEC.13th, 2019 By/Before 6:00PM To LEE'S FUNERAL HOME. The Family Thanks You! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PARKING DAY OF SERVICE: As there is minimal/limited street parking at the church for the public, Parking Privileges have been secured at the following location: Greenburgh Health Center, 295 Knollwood Rd. (2 buildings behind the church).
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    Saturday, December 14th, 2019 | 9:30am - 9:45am
    When
    Saturday, December 14th, 2019 9:30am - 9:45am
    Location
    St. Francis & St. Martha's Episcopal Church
  • Service

    Saturday, December 14th, 2019 | 10:00am
    When
    Saturday, December 14th, 2019 10:00am
    Location
    St. Francis & St. Martha’s Episcopal Church
    Address
    575 Tarrytown Road
    WHITE PLAINS, NY 10607
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Notes
    There will ONLY be a public Visitation to speak with her family & MEMORIAL SERVICE on Saturday, December 14th, 2019, as scheduled above at the church (private cremation services have already been held, so there is NO viewing). ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ In LIEU of flowers, the family appreciates/kindly requests memorial donations be made in her honor/memory/name to: St. Francis & St. Martha's Episcopal Church, 575 Tarrytown Rd., White Plains, NY 10607; and/or Friends of T.D.Y.C.C., c/o Senior Unit, 32 Manhattan Ave., White Plains, NY 10607, (& memo field in check should specify in her memory for Senior Unit); and/or Hospice Care in Westchester & Putnam, 540 White Plains Rd., Suite 300, Tarrytown, NY 10591 (also through donation tab on menu here in website). If flowers are sent despite family request NOT for flowers, small plants or vases are preferred, & may be DELIVERED ONLY On FRI. DEC.13th, 2019 By/Before 6:00PM To LEE'S FUNERAL HOME. The Family Thanks You! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PARKING DAY OF SERVICE: As there is minimal/limited street parking at the church for the public, Parking Privileges have been secured at the following location: Greenburgh Health Center, 295 Knollwood Rd. (2 buildings behind the church).
    Officiant
    Rev. Audrey Bailey
  • Interment

    Saturday, December 7th, 2019 |
    When
    Saturday, December 7th, 2019
    Location
    Ferncliff Cemetery Crematory
    Address
    Secor Road
    Greenburgh, NY
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    Notes
    Private cremation services have already been held, so there is NO public viewing of her body. A public Visitation with her family & MEMORIAL SERVICE is planned on Saturday December 14th, 2019, as detailed above.
  • Reception

    Location
    Theodore D. Young Community Center
    Address
    32 Manhattan Avenue
    Greenburgh, NY
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    Notes
    Repast is immediately following Memorial Service, & will be Ending promptly at 2:00PM, at the TDYC Center (down the street from the church). {Directions to Center leaving the church - head back down Tarrytown Rd. (towards White Plains). At 2nd Stop Light make LEFT onto Manhattan Ave. (opposite KMart Shopping Ctr.). Center is ahead on left. PARKING is at Center; or if needed, across the street from the Center at Union Baptist Church, but PLEASE park along Grand & in their SMALL SIDE LOT fully Before using any spaces in their large lot.}

Affiliations

  • Flag of Barbados
  • Bronx Community College
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
  • Pace University
  • PTA
  • Registered Nurse

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Tymera Jackson

Posted at 09:58am
Dear Monica & Joy,

Please accept my condolences in the passing of your mother! It was always a pleasure to see all three of you together at various events around Westchester, and a blessing to have grown up with the Scantlebury family in Parkway Homes. I pray that the Lord will soon allow the two of you to bask in all the cherished memories of your mother, and to carry on as she and your father instilled the greatest gift parents can give their children - exposure to our Lord and Saviour - Jesus Christ!!

Deepest Sympathies,

Tymera Jackson
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Posted at 07:22am
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss... Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
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dmolloy

Posted at 07:53am
My dear relatives, I’m so sorry I can’t join you for Aunty Betty’s farewell. One of the legacies of colonialism is the separation we endure as emigrees from a small island, a family that is scattered but ambitious and always building our best life. As an immigrant of the USA Betty’s obituary testifies to her energy, resilience and contribution to community. It’s people like Betty that make America great.

I’m sad to miss the celebration of Betty that I’m sure will be very special. Hopefully there will be photos, songs or videos of the occasion. I realise my loss is the decades of separation from you all. My condolences to Betty’s brother Harold… is it over 20 years ago since we have met? I hope to see you soon.

I’ve added a photos from an evening with Monica, Joy and Betty at the MLK Institute for Nonviolence fundraiser – another valuable community work by the Scantelburys. Thank you Monica and Joy for sharing the blessing of your mother’s life with us in photos and words. Please be in touch anytime. Deepest sympathy from your Bajan-Irish-Australian cousin in France, Deirdre.
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Elizabeth Wong

Posted at 07:08pm
I feel so fortunate to have met Betty and the Scantlebury family thru Joy when we were grad school classmates. I recall fondly when our two families had a celebratory lunch at Sylvia’s soul food restaurant after graduation. My friendship with Joy and her family deepened after our school days at Teachers College, Columbia University ended. I will always cherish Betty’s smile, warmth, generosity and positive attitude. She was full of life, love, and laughter. I also loved her cooking, which I had the good fortune of trying at family celebrations and church events!
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