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Elizabeth "Betty" Mackay

Elizabeth "Betty" Mackay

Elizabeth "Betty" Mackay, 88, of Grand Forks, ND and formerly of Bo'ness, Scotland passed away on Monday, December 4, 2017 in Valley 4000 Heartland village with her daughter by her side.

Betty was born in Bo'ness, Scotland the daughter of John and Mary (Williamson) Millar on August 13, 1929. She married the love of her life, Tom Mackay at the Old Kirk in Bo'ness on July 26, 1949. They remained in the Bo'ness area for several years raising their sons and daughters until moving to the Highlands of Scotland. While there, she worked for many years running the kitchen at the Cruachan Hotel until Tom's job took them to England. While in England, she worked in the Quality Control department at Kent Industrial Measurements. In later years, their love of Bonnie Scotland brought them back to the Bo'ness area. After Tom passed in 1999, she remained in Scotland until moving to the USA in 2009 to live with her daughter and husband, Sheena and Jon Larson.

Betty won the hearts of everyone she met and the Larson family embraced her and treated her as their own. They all treated her like the queen she was and she was welcomed with open arms by each and every one of them. One of her other dear friends was Linda "Lulu" Grinde. They shared the same sense of humor and when those two got together, there were a lot of laughs. She loved to bake and often would be glad to have Tom out of the house where she could have peace and quiet to make her goodies; shortbread, scones and sausage rolls were her specialty. She often surprised everyone with her witty, funny sayings and was famous for her eye roll when she didn't approve of something that was said or done. One particular favorite saying which was always followed by the eye roll was, "Anything for a quiet life".

Betty loved to dance. She met Tom at a dance and would often dance down the halls of Valley 4000 Heartland village. It was hard for the staff to keep up with her. She would introduce herself as Betty but tell people that Elizabeth was her Sunday name. Everyone treated her like royalty hence her nickname, "The Queen".

All her life, she loved to go for a ride in the car. Tom and her would take the family, pack up sandwiches and a flask of tea and off they would go traveling Scotland. She loved a good cup of tea. But if you made her a really good cup like her son-in-law, Jon did, she would say, "Now that's a rare cup of tea".

Betty is survived by her children, Linda (Walter) Paoli of Pistoia, Italy, Andrew (Catherine) Mackay of St. Ives, England, Sheena (Jon) Larson of Grand Forks, ND and Alister (Mary) Mackay of Celebration, FL; her grandchildren, great grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Betty is preceded in death by her husband, Thomas; parents, John and Mary Millar; infant son, Thomas; sisters, Christina, Helen, May and infant daughter, Lena; brothers, John, Tom and infant brother, Robert.

Funeral Service: 11:00 a.m. Friday, December 8, 2017 in the Historic Norman Funeral Home, 2950 S. Washington St., Grand Forks, ND.

Visitation: 10 to 11:00 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Interment: Grandsable Cemetery, Polmont, Scotland at a later date.

The online memorial registry may be signed at

(The Historic Norman Funeral Home, Grand Forks, ND)