WESTFIELD – BettyAnn Hayden (Betty/Pat–nee Houghton) of Westfield, Massachusetts passed away peacefully on May 15, 2022 at Baystate Medical Center after a short, but brave, struggle with cancer. She was born in Brattleboro, Vermont on February 1, 1951. BettyAnn often laughed about her childhood in Dummerston, Vermont with her parents John & Mildred Houghton (Mortimer) and siblings Ruth, George, and Linda. She met her husband, Robert, in 1968, and they spent 53 years together running a business, raising a family, and loving each other. BettyAnn will be remembered as a voracious reader and road trip warrior who was very artistic and known for her hand-sewn and crocheted holiday decorations. She was fiercely loyal to those she cared about and loved, especially her family. BettyAnn’s work family included colleagues at C & S Wholesale Grocers through JB Hunt, BH Trucking, and Cowan Systems.
BettyAnn is preceded in death by her parents Mildred & John Houghton and siblings George Houghton & Linda Arsenault. She is survived by her husband, Robert Hayden, her children Michelle Stigter (Marvin), Catrina, Lisa Schwarzenbek (David), Robert, her grandchildren Hannah, Claire, Jared, Maya, Gabi, Emma, Avery, and Devyn, her sister Ruth Barton (Merrill), and many beloved cousins, nieces, and nephews.
On Sunday, May 22, 2022, all are welcome to pay their respects from 11 am – 12 pm and join the family for a celebration of life at 12 pm at Firtion Adams Funeral Home at 76 Broad Street, Westfield, Massachusetts. Donations can be made to the ALS Foundation. Firtionadams.com