On May 14, 2013, Bette died peacefully at The Methodist Home in Washington, D.C.
Surviving are her husband of 60 years, James J. Conroy, III; and six children, Mary Elizabeth Benati (the late Franco), James Brian Conroy, Helen Leah Conroy (Toby Cozart), Amy Louise Conroy, Sarah Jane Canatsey (Brian), and Emily Anne Conroy; and seven grandchildren, Katherine Canatsey Masey (Aaron), Jennifer Ciel Canatsey, John Douglas Canatsey, II, Sarah Elizabeth Canatsey, Jasmine Leigh Ingham, Miles Alexander Cozart, and James Anthony Cozart. She also left surviving two sisters, Carrie McIntyre, and Katherine Clunk.
Bette was cheerful and optimistic. She graduated from Western High School in 1948, and earned degrees in Histbory and International Relations from George Washington University.
She was an avid reader, and a true Renaissance woman, with lifelong interests in history, art, scholarly research, languages, cooking, gardening, travel, and genealogy. She had great admiration for her many ancestors who fought in the American Revolution and the Civil War.
The family will receive visitors on Wednesday, May 22 from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Money and King Funeral Home in Vienna, VA.
Interment at the Flint Hill Cemetery in Oakton, VA, will be private.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Bette's name to the Fairfax County Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.