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September 15, 2023
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Betty J. Chapman, 86, of Moravia, NY passed away peacefully at home without worry or regret
surrounded by her family on September 8, 2023. Betty was born August 7, 1937, in Cato, NY, the
second of 12 children of Clarence & Gladys M. Abbott Wilkinson. As a young woman she became a
caregiver to her siblings helping the family grow into a close loving bunch who still had coffee several
times a week. She dropped out of school after the 6 th grade to support her siblings, allowing the younger
ones a chance to finish school. She had been employed at Smith-Corona for 43 years until her
retirement. Married for 26 years, Betty tragically lost her husband Robert shortly before Christmas 1989.
She spent the next 34 years without him, rarely even speaking his name. Yet the last week of her life she
exclaimed how “Robert is coming to take me home” numerous times. When she looked as if her time
was here, she chose to be in her home. Even hanging on 3 extra days just so she could pass on
September 8th, his birthday.
Betty was among the last of a special generation. One that endured strife without breaking, lost family
without losing themselves. She and her sisters would make their own dolls from corn husks and sleep
two or three to a bed. In their darkest days they still had each other, without excuse. Betty endured the
loss of three of sons in her long life. Yet got out of bed each day and provided a loving and comfortable
home for her kids and grandkids to grow up in. She did this because she was a nurturer to the very end.
Always putting family first. And even until her last week alive proved that love really is the most
powerful thing on earth. We wish that everyone could have a Betty in their family.
She was the widow of Robert L. Chapman Sr. who passed away Dec. 9, 1989. She was also predeceased
by her sons; Richie, Leejay and Gregg Chapman. Her Siblings; Eugene, Richard, Raymond, Marjorie, and
Joyce. Also Her Sister-in-laws Barb and Cynthia Wilkinson and Brother in-laws Merlyn Richards and
She is survived by her Son, Robert (Cheryl) Chapman of Moravia. Grandsons Jason (Kristi) Phillips, Bo
(Jon), Christopher & Mark Chapman. Siblings- Robert Wilkinson (Prue), Caroline Richards, Gerald
Wilkinson, Jeanette Farr, Clarence Wilkinson. Way too many nieces, nephews, and cousins to count. But
now she loves you all.
There are no services scheduled. Interment will be in Glenwood Cemetery, Homer, NY. Wade's Funeral
Home, Moravia is assisting the family with the arrangements.
October 7 th at 4pm we will be celebrating the Life of the Beautiful Bossy Betty at her home on the hill.
Bring a chair and a story and maybe even a marshmallow stick. Everyone is welcome.