Anne Somerville Peterson Tandy Betchie, age 89, of Roswell, NM passed away Saturday, October 28, 2017. A memorial service will be held 11:00 AM, Saturday, November 4, 2017 at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Reverend Dale Plummer officiating. A reception will follow in the parish hall.
Anne was born September 1, 1928 in Baltimore, MD to John William Peterson, Sr. and Virginia Travers Lilley Peterson.
Anne moved to Roswell in 1943 and graduated from Roswell High School in 1946, she attended college at Texas State College for Women and the University of New Mexico. She married E.F. “Ned” Tandy September 27, 1953. She was an avid swimmer and was both a certified swim instructor and member of the TSCW Aquatics Team and performed water ballet. She worked in banking until 1967, then went to work for the U.S. Postal Service, retiring in 1989.
She was a member of Daughters of the American Revolution and Daughters of the American Colonist, and St. Andrews Episcopal Church, she volunteered for 4-H, Girls Softball Association, FFA, Roswell Symphony Youth Orchestra and St. Andrew’s Women’s Group. She became a New Mexico Military Institute Ambassador Family, hosting cadets for almost 10 years. She and John married January 25, 1986, they both enjoyed Jazz and spent many hours with the stereo on, fixing up their recently purchased old farm house on West McGaffey. She had always loved her flower gardens and here they flourished. After retirement she started her new careers of volunteering, exercising and traveling. She volunteered for the Assurance Home Thrift Store, Telephone Pioneers and the National Association of Retired Federal Employees.
In January, 2001 she had a heart attack and a stroke changing her life. She became known as the “waving lady”, she faithfully sat in front of her home and waved to every passer-by in both the heat and cold.
Anne was preceded in death by her parents, brother John W. Peterson, Jr., son-in-law Richard Lang, her first husband, E.F. “Ned” Tandy and second husband, John A. Betchie.
Those left to cherish Anne’s memory are her daughters, Cecelia Mayne and husband William H. Jr. of Roswell, NM; Rebecca Davis and her husband Charlie of Abilene, TX; Lea Anne Johnson and husband Troy of Clovis, NM; Enid Smith and husband Gary of Roswell, NM; she was also survived by step-children, John Albert Betchie and wife Barbara of Helena, MT; Denise Webb and husband Jerry of Sequim, WA; 16 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Assurance Home Inc., 1000 E. 18th St., Roswell, NM 88201 or St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 505 North Penn, Roswell, NM 88201.
I loved Mrs. Betchie! She was such a sweetie! It was a pleasure working with Enid and Gary to make Mrs. Betchie happier while she was at SSV. Heaven truly gained another angel!
Casey PeraltaSan Tan Valley, AZ
Enid. So sorry for the loss of your Mother. Condolences to all the family.
Ed & Jean HooperHobbs, NM
I enjoyed the many years I have worked with Anne. She was a blessing to all whom have met her. Here smile and the wave she gave all, is the first thing that I remeber of her. Her will and strenghth will be carried by all her family. She's a speacial lady that will be missed by all. My condolences to all Anne's family. Peace be with you all. Daniel
Daniel SullivanRoswell, NM
Anne was a remarkable woman. She volunteered on our Credit Committee at Telco for several years. It was always a pleasure to visit with her. She will be missed by many of us. My sincere condolences to her family.
Teri RomeroRoswell, NM