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Mrs. Betty Nordquist Sayre

Obituary for Mrs. Betty Nordquist Sayre

May 21, 1931 - January 31, 2019
Garwood, New Jersey | Age 87

Beloved Wife, Mother, and Grandmother



Betty Nordquist Sayre, 87, passed away at home on January 31, 2019. Born in
Montclair, NJ, Betty lived in Westfield, NJ for 55 years before moving to Garwood, NJ
in 2012. She obtained a bachelor's degree from Wellesley College in 1953 and later
received a master's degree from Drew University.
Betty is survived by her husband of 65 years, Austin B. Sayre and was mother of four
children Bart (Martha), Peter (Vicki), Anne Loughlin (John) and Lee Sayre. She had
eleven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She was loved by her family and
was unreservedly devoted to each member of the family
During her early years in Westfield, Betty had several jobs, including New York
Times Information Bank and as an editor of the Metropolitan Corporate Council
(legal newspaper). In 1986, she and her friend Mary O'Herron, formed William
Austin Company, a home furnishing and interior decorating service which they
operated with great pride for over 25 years. Betty was one of the founding
members of the Westfield Day Care center. She was also a member of the Westfield
Tennis Club, Echo Lake Country Club, Joint Civic Committee as well as being an
active member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church where she served on the Flower Guild
and the Embroidery Guild. She also made many friends through her interest in
Betty and her husband owned a house in Madison CT for 25 years where they
enjoyed being members of the Madison Beach Club. Their children and
grandchildren often visited and there are many happy memories from those
summers. Betty and her husband loved to travel, especially to England, Sweden,
France and Italy. They often rented houses or apartments to use as a base to explore
the countryside.
In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made in Betty's memory to St. Paul's Episcopal
Church, 414 East Broad Street, Westfield, NJ 07090. A funeral will be held at St.
Paul's on February 9, 2019 at 11:00 am. Burial will be in the Garth

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    Westfield, NJ 07090

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