GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA

June 21, 2013

Betty Archer, 85


Hull, MA — On June 12, 2013, Ruth Betty Archer died at 85.

Betty Archer leaves behind 4 children that she loved so well that each is secretively convinced that they were her favorite.

She was wife to George Richard Archer for 51 years. They held hands and kissed daily, traveled adventurously, swapped houses with total strangers in Europe, hosted a slew of exchange students, read nightly, and spoke of world politics.

People felt a gravitational pull to be near her. Perhaps it was because she offered up rock solid compassionate advice but had no expectations or judgment that you were to follow it. She asked the most intriguing questions and listened fully to your answers. She laughed easily and was a tad mischievous. Her front porch hosted a rotation of neighbors, passersby and friends.

As an artist, Betty saw the world as a potential painting. She kept a neatly packed tote bag, with her art tools, stashed in the trunk of her Honda. She would don a well-worn baseball hat, a crew neck shirt and chinos as she perched on her low folding beach chair and fed the paper with scenes of kids at the beach, crooked houses, farmer’s markets and harbor scenes.

She raised a family in Hanson, Mass., where she worked to restore the Nathaniel Thomas Mill. For the last 6 years, she had lived fully in Hull, Mass. She summered on Rockport’s Bearskin Neck.

Betty and Dick Archer are survived by their children and their families, Karen and Dan Archer Perry, Eric and Linda Archer, Amy Archer, Sue and Dan Bouchard; and grandchildren, Nicholas, Claire, Chelsey, Anna, Carolyn and Ben.

ARRANGEMENTS: Betty was a longtime member of the Society of Friends. A memorial service will be held on June, 30, 2013, at 1 p.m. at Norwell Unitarian Parish, 24 River St., Norwell, Mass. Donations in her honor can be made to WGBH.