Betsey Brown Wynne, age 90, of Branford, formerly of New Haven and Woodbridge, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013 at Yale-New Haven Hospital. She was the daughter of the late Kenneth and Mary Fielding Wynne.
Born in New Haven on February 11, 1922, Betsey grew up in New Haven, attending Sheriden Middle School and Hillhouse High School, where she was a gifted athlete, often beating the boys, including her brothers, at their own sports. She went on to Larson Junior College in Hamden then joined the war effort (WWII) as a WAVE in the U.S. Navy. During her naval service, she was awarded a U.S. Naval Commendation for naval communications intelligence. Her code-cracking work helped achieve victories in the Pacific Theater of Operations. She was also the last known surviving casualty of the Civil War, having been injured in 1974 by a Confederate cannon ball that exploded.
She spent much of her professional career working at Yale-New Haven Hospital in the TB and Mycology lab. When not working, Betsey traveled the world, often visiting Ireland, her favorite destination. She devoted almost two decades of her life recording books for the blind.
She is survived by her two sisters Barbara Secor of Vero Beach, FL and Louise Gigon of Wethersfield, CT. She was predeceased by her brothers John Wynne and Kenneth Wynne, and sister Mary Bohonnon. "Bet" leaves numerous nieces and nephews as well as grandnieces and grandnephews in whom she always took an interest.
She loved being on the water and enjoyed photography and genealogy. She was a life-long member of CHOW.
There will be no calling hours or formal services. Donations in her memory can be made to Learning Ally (formerly Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic), Financial Development Department, 20 Roszel Rd., Princeton, NJ 08540 (www.learningally.org).
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