Betty attended Lowell schools, and started work in the shoe factories, where she developed her love of shoes and fashion.
On a trip to visit her brother at Forest Lake, she met her future husband Stanley (Shady) Plifka. They were joined in marriage on Feb 17, 1942 at St Stanislaus Church. They were married for 64 years before Shady’s passing in 2006.
Betty had a warm and loving personality, which she readily shared, and was devoted to her family and friends, who were the center of her life. She enjoyed travelling, shopping, playing cards, bowling, bingo, dancing and music. She was a life member of the Winchester VFW Auxiliary, a member of the Red Hats society, and served on the board of the ELMM Community Center. She was an active parishioner of St Stanislaus church in Winchester.
She is survived by her children: Sandra Harrington and her husband Francis of St Augustine FL, Stanley (Butch) Plifka Jr and his wife Lori of Winchester, and Terri Plifka of Centerville, MA. She is the loving grandmother of Jeffrey Harrington and his wife Elisangela, Ryan Harrington and his wife Mary Hilliard, Kelsey Plifka, Haley Bordner and her husband Aaron, and Garrett Plifka, and loving great-grandmother to Aidan, Bella, Liam, Scarlett and Charlie. She was the sister of the late Doris Hesson, Donald and Francis O’Day. She also leaves behind many nieces and nephews who were close to her heart.
A funeral mass will be celebrated on Friday November 17, 2017, 10am, St. Stanislaus Church, Richmond Rd., Winchester. Burial will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery in Winchester.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Betty’s memory to the ELMM Community Center, 20-21 Durkee Street, Winchester, NH 03470, or to Future In Sight (NH Association for the Blind), 25 Walker Street, Concord, NH. 03301