Elizabeth Hancock Swensk
- April 13, 1921 - June 9, 2012
- Yorktown, Virginia
of Elizabeth's Passing
James City County Fire Department
300 McLaws Circle, Suite 200
Williamsburg, VA 23185
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Elizabeth (Betty) Hancock Swensk died on June 9, 2012, at the York Convalescent and Rehabilitation Center in Yorktown, VA, after a long illness. Betty was born on April 13, 1921, in New Britain, CT, the daughter of Elizabeth Benn Hancock and A. Tyson Hancock. A member of Alpha Alpha Sorority, she graduated from New Britain High School in 1939 and New Britain Teachers' College in 1943. She was preceded in death by her husband, William (Bill) O. Swensk in 1974, and her daughter, Sallie in 2000.
Betty was a well-respected and beloved elementary school teacher in the New Britain Public schools for 31 years. She brought her sense of wonder and enthusiasm for learning into the classroom. She enjoyed reading and was a talented artist. She had a great sense of humor, always spoke her mind and encouraged those around her to follow their dreams.
As a young adult, Betty fell in love with Nantucket Island and shortly thereafter, she and her husband bought and restored a lovely old home there which they ran as a bed and breakfast lodge in the summers for thirteen years. After the death of her husband and her retirement from teaching, she relocated to Williamsburg, VA where she opened another antique business. She joined the Civil War Roundtable and pursued her passion for the South and its history. She was a member of Williamsburg United Methodist Church. Betty touched the lives of so many. Her friends will miss her with deep affection.
Betty will be interred at Oak Hill Cemetery in Southington, CT. Contributions in her name may be given to your favorite charity or to the James City County Fire Dept., 300 McLaws Circle, Suite 200, Williamsburg, VA 23185. Local arrangements are being handled by Nelsen Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.nelsencares.com.