Bette A. Marquis, 83

ANDOVER, MASS. — Bette Ann Marquis, 83, of Raymond, passed away Monday, July 16, 2018, in Andover, Mass.

She was born Jan. 22, 1935, in Boston to Peter J. DiSanto and Olive M. Locke.

Bette Ann received an associate degree in Business from Fisher College. Bette Ann raised her children in Revere, Mass., and was a homemaker and later worked at Fidelity Investments. She was a fierce advocate for her children through the school years and many serious medical issues, twice saving two of her children’s lives. Her daughter, born with a congenital birth defect, gained full use of her legs through Bette Ann’s two-year, three-times-daily physical therapy on her own, while raising three other children, as her husband worked two jobs. Bette Ann was tireless in the pursuit of the best for her children and would settle for nothing less.

Bette Ann was funny, loving, tenacious, and full of life. She fiercely loved her family and was their champion through good times and bad. “Bring your best self on your worst day,” is a quote from her that perfectly described how she lived her life right to her last days. She was a dedicated wife, mother and grandmother, always ending conversations with her warm and loving, “Love you darling.” She was adored by her family and their guiding light.

Bette Ann enjoyed gardening, crocheting and was a voracious reader. She was a member of “Chicks with Sticks” knitting group at Rosemary’s Yarn Shop in Windham. Bette Ann crocheted hats for cancer patients for many years, and volunteered at the local library when she and her husband first moved to Maine.

Bette Ann was preceded in death by her parents, Olive M. Locke and Peter DiSanto; stepfather, John Locke; sister, Barbara M. Locke; and brother, Robert “Sonny” Locke.

She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Ernest M. Marquis of Raymond; her sister, Sheila Moore of Danvers, Mass.; children, Paul G. Marquis of Raymond, Jon P. Marquis of Conway, N.H., Allen E. Marquis of Marblehead, Mass., and Melissa A. Marquis of Andover, Mass.; and seven grandchildren.

Visitation will take place from 3 to 5 p.m., on Thursday, July 19, at A.T. Hutchins Funeral Home, 660 Brighton Ave., Portland. Viewing will be open from 3 to 4 p.m. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m., on Friday, July 20, also at A.T. Hutchins Funeral Home.

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