Elizabeth 'Betsy' Smith Hennessy, age 86, of Wallingford, formerly of Woodbridge, loving wife of the late Herbert Hennessy, passed away on April 15, 2020 at Yale-New Haven Hospital. She was born in New Haven on July 18, 1933, a daughter of the late Carleton and Delia Tracy Smith. She is survived by her sons; Robert Hennessy of FL, David Hennessy and his wife Tjin Hoa of West Haven, and Paul Hennessy of New Haven, brother, Carleton Smith of Branford, 5 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren. Elizabeth had previously taught for Orange and New Haven Public Schools. Services will be privately held at Evergreen Cemetery at a later date. Elizabeth's family asks that donations in her name be made to the frontline workers/responders at Yale-New Haven Hospital by going to www.givetoynhh.org or mailing checks to Yale-New Haven Hospital Office of Development, PO Box 1849, New Haven, CT 06508.

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  1. I was blessed to have worked with Elizabeth as a teacher in New Haven Public Schools. She was loving, nurturing, and welcoming to all students and to her colleagues. As a new teacher in her school, she warmly included me and was an inspiring friend and teacher. She was loved by all. She had a twinkle in her eye and an uplifting spirit that will be missed! Condolences to her family.

  2. Paul – I am so sorry to hear about Betsy. She was a lovely and kind woman. When our family moved to Woodbridge your parents were so welcoming and were always there to lend a helping hand when needed. Find peace knowing that your parents are together in eternal paradise. Lori Hoffer

  3. Paul Sorry to hear about your Mom.You did your job keeping your eye on her.Hope you have great memories of her and your Dad. Now they are together again. Peace. Greg Neagle

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