Elizabeth Bridget “Betty” (Cummins) Stapleton, 82, of Fort Lauderdale, passed away peacefully on Hospice at home surrounded by her family on Saturday, April 15, 2017 after a year long battle with cancer.
Betty was born on January 23, 1935 in Dublin, Ireland to John and Marcella (Sally McEvoy) Cummins (256 Carnlough Rd.) and was the eldest of seven children. She met and married the love of her life Michael Christopher Stapleton (36 Dowth Ave) on February 23, 1959 and set off on a lifelong adventure to America. They resided in Richmond Hill, Breezy Point, Belle Harbor and retired to Fort Lauderdale in 2000.
Betty will be remembered for her kind, compassionate, thoughtful and gentle nature. She was devoted to her family and friends, always available to offer her wisdom, her hand to hold or just to listen with an open heart. She left a lasting impression on all those who came into her life. She was very proud of her Irish heritage and was a member of the Dublin Society of New York for many years. She loved a good cup of hot tea with a bit of bread and butter while watching the Irish news on her Ipad until the very end. But her favorite thing was to fill the house with music which ignited all the memories of her wonderful life…..
Her eyes they shown like diamonds
I thought her the queen of the land
And her hair, it hung over her shoulder
Tied up with a black velvet band
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters Theresa Ryan, Margaret McGowan, brother Desmond Cummins, and her loving husband Michael in 2006. She leaves behind to cherish her memory her daughter Denise (Stapleton) Strack, son in law Raymond Strack, grandchildren Raymond and Emily, brothers John (Sean), Edward (Terry) and Brian Cummins in addition to many sister and brother in laws, nieces, nephews and wonderful friends.
Her final wish was to have her ashes brought home to Dublin, Ireland and scattered in the city she missed and loved so dearly. Arrangements to honor her wishes will be made in the coming months. Her daughter will hold a small celebration of life at her home for local friends to find closure in the coming weeks.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Betty’s name can be made to Hospice By The Sea, 5300 East Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33407 (877) 494-6890 or online at www.TrustBridge.com (or) www.hpbcf.org/donation