In Wallingford, February 15, 2003, Rita Simms White of The Masonic Healthcare Center. Wife of the late Alan M. White, mother of Elizabeth M. Martin of Hamden, Lillian R. Eckels of North Haven, Claude A. White of New Haven and William S. White of North Carolina, sister of Molly Carson of Ireland. Also survived by 13 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren. Born Dec. 13, 1914, in Carickfergas, Larne Antrim, Ireland, she was the daughter of the late Alexander and Elizabeth Thompson Simms. She was predeceased by; a son Alan W. White, two brothers, Sam and William Simms and two sisters, Elizabeth S. Beatty and Margaret S. Davis. An active resident of Bella Vista for 24 years before moving to Wallingford, she also had been active on the Women's Fellowship at the Whitneyville and North Haven Congregational Churches. Funeral service will be held in the North Haven Congregational Church on Thursday, February 20, at 10 A.M. Interment in Beaverdale Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to the Masonic Charity Foundation, PO Box 70, Wallingford, CT 06492. Arrangements with BEECHER AND BENNETT, 2300 WHITNEY AVE., HAMDEN.

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  1. Betty and family. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Losing one\’s mother is not easy, and certainly the end of an era. God Bless, Betty. Millie Godfrey

  2. Betty, as you mourn the loss of your beloved Mother may our God of eternal Love bring you comfort in your sadness, hope in the face of despair, and courage during this difficult time with the knowledge of everlasting life.

  3. Betty, I was so sorry to hear about your mother. With the convention just around the corner, I have been thinking about you quite a bit and looking forward to seeing you. I will be praying for you and your family. Know that there are people all over Region 1 who have you in their thoughts. While my name is probably not familiar, I hope you would remember me as a friendly face. With love and sympathy, Robin Delano, NAIW Northern NJ

  4. Betty, My sympathies to you and your family at this difficult time. Know that you and your family are in many peoples thoughts and prayers. Debbie-NH State Director

  5. Betty, Our sincere condolences go out to you and your family on the loss of your mother. Know that we are here for you; just reach out to your friends in the Insurance Women and we will do all we can to assist. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Jo-Anne Esposito, AIC,CPCU,CPIW President Hartford Assoc. of Insurance Women

  6. Betty: May God be with you & comfort you in your time of sorrow It is almost a year since my Mom passed away and I cherished the love & fellowship my NAIW loved ones sent to me & my family Pls know you are in my thoughts & prayers Love Paula

  7. DEAR BETTY AND FAMILY, I AM SO SORRY ABOUT YOUR LOSS. REMEMBER THAT YOUR MEMORIES ARE ALWAYS WITH YOU AND THE MOMENTS YOU SHARED PASS DOWN TO YOUR CHILDREN AND THEIR CHILDREN SO THAT YOUR MOTHER\’S STORIES WILL BE REPEATED AND KEPT IN ALL YOUR HEARTS.SHE WILL NEVER BE FAR AWAY.REMEMBER THAT IRISH SHINE IN HER EYES AND KNOW THAT SHE WILL NEVER LEAVE YOU.

  8. Dear Betty, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. She certainly passed many wonderful traits on to her daughter… With much love, Olga

  9. Dear Betty,Lillian, Claude & Bill Margaret considered your Mom to be her own Mom for the past 37 years. We loved her and will deeply miss her loving spirit. Dick & Margaret

  10. Lillian and family Im sorry about your loss. Rita was a great women with lots of love. If you need anything from us please feel free to let us know. our trhoughts and prays are with you and your family. love rich and wendy

  11. May God comfort you and fond memories sustain you. Betty, you were a wonderful daughter and I pray that angels will surround you in your sorrow.

  12. To Rita\’s Family It was my pleasure knowing her. May God give you all the strength to get you through this loss.

  13. We would like to extend our condolences to Betty and her family on their loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

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