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Longtime Scarsdale Resident Betty Orteig Passes Away at 88

BettyinblueElizabeth "Betty" Murphy Orteig, a long-time Scarsdale resident, passed away at home on October 16 after a long illness. She was 88. Betty was born October 31, 1927 in Brooklyn to the late Judge Charles E. and Elizabeth (Sawyer) Murphy.

She attended Marymount College and had a successful career in retail fashion working for Bonwit Teller, Lord & Taylor and Saks Fifth Avenue. Betty was an active volunteer for the American Cancer Society and was an avid tennis player and golfer. She was an established member of both the Scarsdale Golf Club and Fox Meadow Tennis club where she made lifelong friends.

Betty is survived by her children George E. Orteig Jr. and his wife Kathleen of La Quinta, CA, Elise Hunnicutt and her husband John of New Canaan, CT and Celeste Russell of Cross River, NY and four grandchildren -- Melissa C. Welch, Lauren E. McGuiness and Devin and Kathryn Russell. She is also survived by her brother Thomas Sawyer Murphy of Rye, NY. Betty was predeceased by her loving husband George in 2002 and beloved son Raymond E. in 2014.

Remembering her mother, her daughter Elise said, "While in the end cancer took her away from us, we know she has gotten her wings and is smiling down on all of us who will treasure the great memories of her with friendship and love."


A Memorial Visitation will be held Thursday from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM at the Edwin L. Bennett Funeral Home in Scarsdale. A Memorial Mass will be conducted on Friday, October 21 at 10:00 AM at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church also in Scarsdale.

Instead of flowers, the family would recommend donations be made in Betty's name to either the American Cancer Society or The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

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