Maureen Betham Hall died on July 15, 2023 at the age of 77. She was born on November 9, 1945 in Middlesex, NJ to Robert and Mildred Betham.
Growing up she was active in the Bound Brook Methodist Church where she was president of the Youth Fellowship and taught Sunday School and sang in the choir. Maureen graduated from Middlesex High School in 1964 where she enjoyed being in plays and musicals with the Drama Club.
She graduated from Parsons College, Fairfield Iowa, with a BA degree in Education and was a member of Delta Zeta Sorority. Upon graduation, she returned to her hometown to teach first grade. She was awarded “Outstanding Teacher of the Year” for Middlesex County in 1971.
During her summers off, she earned a Master’s degree in education from East Stroudsburg University by taking courses in each country on graduate study tours around the world.
Maureen married Capt. Howard Hall on June 25, 1972 and moved to Vacaville, CA where he was a pilot at Travis AFB. She became active with the squadrons and Wing’s Wives Club. Her oldest son, Robert was born in 1974. Just one year later, Howie got a special one-year assignment to the Pentagon. The following year they were back to Vacaville and Travis AFB. In February of 1977, their second son, Brad, joined the family.
1979 brought their next move back to Maureen’s home New Jersey, Hunterdon County and Howie’s new career with Eastern Airlines. Maureen became busy with the community, helping with new fundraising challenges. Holly Trail was originally raising funds to help rebuild the Stanton Reformed Church. The Trail was so successful that half the money was donated to the Hospital. In twenty-five years, this group of ladies raised almost a million dollars. She was involved in her sorority, and Somerset Medical Center, plus several other charity events.
After the boys were grown, she became a very successful real estate agent with Re/Max in Flemington, NJ for the next ten years. In 2004, the Hall’s moved to Williamsburg, VA and built a retirement home in Governor’s Land. Maureen quickly rejoined the charity world with the Virginia Symphony Society and was honored with “Member of the Year” for 2008.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and sister, Debbie Buckmelter of Tampa, FL. She is survived by her husband of 51 years; her sons, Robert of New York City and Brad of Pompon Lakes, New Jersey; and her brother, Richard Betham and wife, Sherrie of Dallas, TX. Maureen also has four nephews; one niece; two great nephews; and one great niece.
A Celebration of Life will be held in mid to late August.