Betty Furlong

September 16, 1924 ~ September 24, 2021 (age 97)


Betty Furlong

Shelburne, VT 

Elizabeth “Betty” Graham Furlong passed away peacefully after a long and full life on September 24, 2021.  She was born in Bogota, NJ on September 16, 1924, the daughter of John J. Graham and Cecilia (Brown) Graham.  She attended primary school in Bogota, St. Cecilia High School in Englewood, NJ, and graduated from Katherine Gibbs School in NYC.  She worked at Columbia Broadcasting System and Columbia Records.

Betty married Joseph F. Furlong on September 27, 1947, and they lived first in Boston where she worked at Harvard University and Symphony Hall.  After Joe graduated from Harvard Business School they moved to Poughkeepsie, NY.  Betty was fully occupied raising five lively children, and was active in many community programs there.  She was a member of the Junior League of Poughkeepsie, Poughkeepsie Garden Club, Poughkeepsie Tennis Club, and Millbrook Golf Club.  She served as Chair for historic Glebe House, and as President of Community Children’s Theatre and the AFS Chapter at Arlington High School.  After Joe retired, they traveled extensively throughout the United States, and to Central and South America, Europe and Asia.  In 1995, Betty and Joe moved to Wake Robin in Shelburne, VT.  At Wake Robin, Betty continued to be active, working on production of the literary magazine Trillium, in the Gift Shop, on the Tag Sale, and as a member of the Computer Committee and Video Committee.

Betty was fortunate in having Joe for 68 years.  She is survived by her five children:  Joseph F. Furlong III and his wife Dixie of Park City, UT, Michael G. Furlong and his wife Nancy of Vero Beach, FL, Kevin P. Furlong of State College, PA, Cathleen Furlong and her husband Allan Herschlag of Concord, NH, and Patricia F. Wilson and her husband John of Lansing, MI; by five grandchildren:  Graham Furlong and his wife Laura, Emily F. Sheldrake and her husband Patrick, Cecilia Furlong, Elizabeth Wilson, and Abigail Wilson; and by three great-grandchildren Calvin, Eli, and Anna Furlong.  She is also survived by her sisters-in-law June Graham and Margaret Furlong.  Betty was predeceased by her husband, her two brothers John Graham and Edward Graham, and her sister Doris G. Thurston. 

The family greatly appreciates the love and care provided to Betty by the nurses and staff at Wake Robin.

A Celebration of Betty’s life will be held at a later date.

Arrangements are in care of Corbin and Palmer Funeral Home, 9 Pleasant Street, Essex Junction, VT.


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