Betty (Brown) McAndrew

Betty A. McAndrew, 95, a long time resident of Cold Spring, NY, passed away peacefully at her home in Orange County, NY on May 1, 2020 with her family by her side.

Betty Ann Brown was born to John and Mary Agnes Brown on July 1, 1924 in Liverpool, England. Her older brother, Buster, was a treasured companion during their childhood and they remained very close throughout their lives. Betty spent 4 years in the British Women’s Royal Air Force during World War II and often referred to the lessons she learned from that experience as some of the most valuable – and enjoyable – of her life. Even in war time, Betty managed to find some joy and something to appreciate in each day and would share her optimism with everyone she met and she was always welcome.

In 1953 Betty immigrated from England to the United States with a good friend and made a temporary home at the Martha Washington Hotel in New York City. She quickly found employment with Ziff Davis Publishing Company, where she remained a valued employee for 25 years. In 1955 Betty married Edward Sexton and together they settled in Cold Spring, NY and had two daughters. After Ed’s untimely passing in 1967, Betty raised her two daughters in Cold Spring on her own while continuing to commute to the city each day for work. Betty married George A. McAndrew in 1977 and together they ran the George A. McAndrew Auto Parts store on Main Street in Cold Spring until George’s death in 1994.

Betty is survived by two daughters, Margaret Sexton and Kathleen (Scott) Harrison, 4 grandchildren, Richard Sexton, Stacy (Tim) Kuenhlenz, Christine(Kip) Foley, and Rebecca (John) Roberts and 4 great grandchildren. Betty also leaves behind her love of all things British, animals, music, reading, sweet treats, and, of course, love to all.

A Mass of Remembrance will be held at Our lady of Loretto Church in Cold Spring on the First Anniversary of Bettys Death, May 1 2021. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Betty’s favored charities, The Paralyzed Veterans of America and The ASPCA.
Arrangements were entrusted to the care of the LIBBY FUNERAL & CREMATION SERVICES, 55 Teller Avenue, Beacon, NY 12508; to offer a message of condolence or share a fond memory, please visit:

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  1. Regina Dauzat says:

    Hi Margaret and Kathleen. I’m sorry to hear of the loss of your mom. I have a lot of fond memories of her when I used to come over with Rose as a kid. She was a wonderful woman and when she married George I would always go to the auto store and hang out. George was my buddy. God Bless you and your family. Love, Regina Garufi Dauzat

  2. Rose Powell says:

    Deepest sympathy Margaret and Kathleen. I can still hear her voice with her British accent and see her smile when her cats came running to her back in the day. She was a single mom way to young and back in the times when no one else was. I’m sure you are so proud of all she did in her life and how she managed to raise you girls I didn’t know she was a veteran God Bless Betty and may your happy memories grow stronger as the days go by. RIP. Rosanne Garufi Powell

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