ForeverMissed
Betsy Stanton Gray, proprietor of The Old Gray Mare country store in Mullica Hill from 1984 to 2004, died September 14, 2021, at age 83.

Bets, to those who loved her best, was a 1956 graduate of Glassboro High School. She took great pride in her community and lived much of her life tending the Mullica Hill home built by her grandfather J. Omar Heritage. She was a member of the Mullica Hill Merchants Association, the Harrison Township Historical Society, and the Mullica Hill Friends (Quaker) Meeting.

Betsy was artistic and enterprising, a talented businesswoman and devoted “Momma Mare.” With an irreverent sense of humor and more plans than time, Betsy loved the simple life: her screened porch, a gossipy call with an old friend or older sister, the hunt for bittersweet, a Jersey tomato, a great deal on a flat of primroses, a weekend with her kids and grand-pups. 

“When I leave this world,” Betsy said, “I want to go where it’s warm and springtime year-round. And there are no bills to pay. And I hope to have naturally curly hair.” 

The family wishes to share its immeasurable gratitude for the team at The Branches of North Attleboro, MA, whose outpouring of love and care for Betsy gave us peace of mind through a most extraordinary year-and-a-half for all.

Betsy is survived by her daughter Sheridan Haines (Julie Crockford), son Jeffry Stanton (Casey Hampton), sister Judy Suplee, niece Jennifer Mullin, and nephew Curt Suplee. She is predeceased by her parents Ruth Heritage and Laurance Stanton, and sister Connie Lange. 

A private burial and celebration of Betsy’s life will be held at a later date; memories and condolences can be shared through fertigfuneralhome.com.

Charitable contributions in Betsy’s honor may be made to the Harrison Township Historical Society, P.O. Box 4, Mullica Hill, NJ 08062, harrisonhistorical.com/support, or to the Omar and Mary Heritage Education Fund of Mullica Hill Friends Meeting, P.O. Box 67, Mullica Hill, NJ 08062. 



Posted by Stewart Duffield on September 18, 2021
Best next door neighbor ever.
Love-
The Duffields
Posted by K D on September 18, 2021
Good Ole Besty from Mullica Hill..
I had the pleasure not only to assist with her move from NJ to Ma but to come to work and get greeted every morning by Besty looking for a hot cup of tea. Besty always put a smile on my face , she always spoke her mind which I loved so much about her. I had the pleasure to meet her beautiful children and become part of their family. Besty I am blessed to of met you,share stories together, play your favorite song The Old Gray Mare and learn the lyrics. I enjoyed hearing your stories of running your business and about your children and their success and how proud you were of them. You will definitely be missed but every time I drive to visit my mom in MD I pass Glassboro and I think of you telling me thats where you went to school.

RIP Betsy Wetsy

Love
Karen Reardon
Posted by Lisa Quaglia Gordon on September 18, 2021
Hi Bets, It's "Daphne". My heart is heavy writing this. I miss you already. Your beautiful blue eyes & warm smile will forever be in my memory. When you first came to The Branches we immediately had a bond and I Loved you. Betsy, Fly high with the Angels, You will always be in my heart. Jeff, Casey, Sheridan & Julie, you all became part of my family & I treasure those moments. You have precious memories to love & hold. Mama was a strong & amazing woman. Be well, stay safe, I hope to see you guys again.. Love you all, Lisa Daphne
Posted by Ann Rose on September 16, 2021
Cousin Bets, you will be missed! You were a part of the fabric of my father's family....and I so enjoyed visits and chats with you. You always had a quick wit! I recall you picking my brain about North Carolina and musing about moving (which you never did of course). When I was young and visited Mullica Hill with Dad (Tom Wright) it was you and Judy and my dad reminiscing and passing photos around. I loved to sit with you all and listen to the stories of a time before mine. 

I'm glad you are home with the Lord and know we will see each other again!
Posted by Sheridan Haines on September 16, 2021
RIP Dear Lady! Betsy was a Senior when we were Freshman at GHS seen in that Black and Yellow Ford and a cousin to our classsmate Kitty Wright. she kept us straight> always had time to talk (last time in the parking lot at Shoprite before all this CV mess) A true friend and neighbor gone but not forgotten.
Douglas Zee
September 16, 2021
Posted by Marissa Hunter on September 16, 2021
Bets,

Where do I even start, since the day I started working at the Branches, you have brought light to my life every single minute. One of the first things I noticed about Betsy was her dedication and her pride. She took much joy in sharing with us stories about her time running the Old Gray Mare and raising Sherry and Jeff. There was nothing Betsy loved more. It also became clear how loved she was very early on. Both of her children would each visit once a day, sometimes even bringing grand pups! Betsy was such a happy and kindhearted woman. She was always up for a chat about life or just a good laugh. She made me want to go to work each day. On Christmas, I was able to bring in my puppy to meet her and I will never forget that smile on her face. Taking care of Betsy made me who I am today and she will shape who I become as a nurse. I love you Betsy, may you rest in the sweetest peace. 

Love,
Marissa
Posted by Amanda Weihrauch on September 16, 2021
Besty was an amazing, kind, beautiful, strong willed woman who will be dearly missed. I am so lucky that I got to know her this past summer. Everyday I worked I was always so excited to go see her and spend some time with her. Jeffry and Sheridan had such an amazing mother and their commitment and the love they showed to the community was like no other. Thank you for giving us the gift of knowing this kind hearted woman. Betsy will be greatly missed and is so loved by us all.
Posted by Mae McLoughlin on September 16, 2021
One of the best parts of knowing Betsy during her time at the Branches, was knowing how loved she was. Jeffry and Sheridan's commitment to their mother and the love she had for them brought light and joy to our community during a hectic year. The loss of her strong-will, kind heart and sense of humor will be felt forever in our hallways. Thank you for giving us all the gift of knowing Betsy. We love her, and will miss her, so dearly.
Posted by David Shivers on September 16, 2021
Lots of wonderful childhood memories when she worked at Raintree. Her thoughtfulness was always an inspiration!

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Posted by Stewart Duffield on September 18, 2021
Best next door neighbor ever.
Love-
The Duffields
Posted by K D on September 18, 2021
Good Ole Besty from Mullica Hill..
I had the pleasure not only to assist with her move from NJ to Ma but to come to work and get greeted every morning by Besty looking for a hot cup of tea. Besty always put a smile on my face , she always spoke her mind which I loved so much about her. I had the pleasure to meet her beautiful children and become part of their family. Besty I am blessed to of met you,share stories together, play your favorite song The Old Gray Mare and learn the lyrics. I enjoyed hearing your stories of running your business and about your children and their success and how proud you were of them. You will definitely be missed but every time I drive to visit my mom in MD I pass Glassboro and I think of you telling me thats where you went to school.

RIP Betsy Wetsy

Love
Karen Reardon
Posted by Lisa Quaglia Gordon on September 18, 2021
Hi Bets, It's "Daphne". My heart is heavy writing this. I miss you already. Your beautiful blue eyes & warm smile will forever be in my memory. When you first came to The Branches we immediately had a bond and I Loved you. Betsy, Fly high with the Angels, You will always be in my heart. Jeff, Casey, Sheridan & Julie, you all became part of my family & I treasure those moments. You have precious memories to love & hold. Mama was a strong & amazing woman. Be well, stay safe, I hope to see you guys again.. Love you all, Lisa Daphne
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