Betty Budney, age 82, of Cold Spring, New York, died on Monday, March 2, 2015, at Westchester Medical Center in Mt. Pleasant.
Born in Cold Spring on Sept. 1, 1932, she was the daughter of the late Gifford R. and Mary (Hobby) Wright. She was predeceased by her husband Stanley “Mackey” Budney in 2013.
Mrs. Budney had worked for the former Grand Union in Cold Spring where she was the front end manager and bookkeeper, retiring after 38 years of service. Betty, as she was known to all, was a larger-than-life figure in the Cold Spring and Philipstown area.
Ever civically minded, she was the first woman to be elected to the Philipstown town council and served as a town councilwoman for 24 years. She served as liaison to the town’s Highway Department and Recycling Department and was deputy town supervisor from 1994 to 2009. She regretfully retired from public service on Dec. 31, 2013, due to illness.
In 2012 she was honored as “Woman of Distinction” for her distinguished volunteer service and civic commitment to Philipstown. She was a past president and active member of the Philipstown Democratic Club. She was also a member and past president of the Cold Spring Lions Club, where she was honored with the Melvin Jones Award.
She organized the Philipstown Relay for Life and diligently raised monies for the American Cancer Society through the Daffodil Festival. She received the “Humanitarian Award” given by the Cold Spring Chamber of Commerce, acknowledged by the New York State Assembly, County of Putnam, and U.S. House of Representatives. She received the “Congressional Proclamation” for commitment and dedication to improving the lives of others in 2014, acknowledged by the Putnam County executive. She also received the “Anchor” Award from Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War and the Putnam County “Outstanding Volunteerism” Award.
Mrs. Budney was a past member of the Butterfield Hospital Auxiliary Board of Directors, Little Stony Point Citizens Association, Cold Spring Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary and Philipstown Little League Association. She was chair of the Lions See Committee, Children’s Holiday Wish List and Food Baskets, Philipstown Cemeteries Clean-Up Committee and Philipstown E-911.
Survivors include two daughters, Catherine Greenough of Cold Spring and Denise (Byron) Brewer of Brewster; five grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; and six great-great grandchildren. Predeceasing her, in addition to her husband, was a daughter, Mary Jo Knapp, and two sisters, Elaine Reilly-Dahlia and Veronica Jean Wright.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, March 6, at Our Lady of Loretto Church, 24 Fair St. in Cold Spring. Interment will follow in the Cold Spring Cemetery. Friends may call at the Clinton Funeral Home, at the corner of Parrott and Pine Streets (21 Parrott St.) in Cold Spring, on Thursday, March 5, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.
Donations may be made in Mrs. Budney’s name to the Cold Spring Lions Club (Betty Budney Christmas Wish List), P.O. Box 308, Cold Spring, NY 10516.