Elizabeth “Bette” (Morton) Whelan

December 6, 2022 

Elizabeth “Bette” Whelan of Hingham, MA passed away peacefully Saturday December 3, 2022 at the age of 94.

The daughter of Walter and Edna Morton, Bette was born September 13, 1928 in Cincinnati, OH. Shortly thereafter her family moved to the Merrymount neighborhood of Quincy, MA.  She graduated from Quincy High School and LaSalle University where she majored in Business and upon graduation worked in Finance.

In 1955 she married David F. Whelan and moved to his hometown of Hingham, MA where she resided the rest of her life.

Bette was very active in her community, volunteering and working with the Hingham Red Cross, the Hingham Public Library, League of Women Voters, Catholic Club, The Hingham Garden Club, East School Library, The Ladies Club, Brownies, and The Hingham Senior Center. She was a familiar face at the Hingham Polling Stations where she worked elections for over 20 years.

Bette was a longtime member of South Shore Country Club where she golfed and bowled into her 80s. She was an avid reader and bridge player and enjoyed living at Linden Ponds for many years.

She was predeceased by her husband, David F. Whelan, her brother Roger Morton and his wife, Joan, her brother, Paul Morton, and her sister, Patricia Morton.

Bette is survived by her daughter, Nancy, her husband, Kevin McColgan, of Darien, CT; her son, Gregory Whelan, his wife, Laurie, of Newburyport, MA, and her granddaughters, Jillian Sheedy and her husband, Philip, Jenna Whelan and Maeve Whelan.

Bette will be remembered by her family as extremely resilient and always ready with a quick retort. As she got older and reflected on her life, she always said “we had a lot of good times” and she did!

Many thanks to North River of Norwell for their wonderful caregivers and Ascend Hospice who took excellent care of Bette.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to greet the family during the visitation on Monday December 12, 2022 9-9:45 AM at St. Paul’s Church, 147 North St., Hingham.

Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday December 12, 2022 at 10 AM at St. Paul’s Church, Hingham.

Services will conclude with interment at St. Paul’s Cemetery, Hingham.

One of Bette’s final wishes was “lots of blue flowers at her funeral” so if you are so inclined, please send flowers to Pyne Keohane Funeral Home at 21 Emerald St, Hingham, MA 02043 to be delivered on Sunday, December 11, 2022.

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