Betsy Orr Anderson

  • Born: October 31, 1938
  • Died: December 13, 2021
  • Location: Concord, Massachusetts

Concord Funeral Home

Director - Glenn D. Burlamachi, CFSP
74 Belknap St.
Concord, MA 01742
Tel. (978) 369-3388

Tribute & Message From The Family

Betsy Orr Anderson, age 83 and longtime Concord resident, passed away peacefully at home on Monday, December 13. For more than 50 years she was the loving wife of Grant Spencer Anderson. Born in Robbinsville, NC, on October 31, 1938 she was the daughter of the late Tillman J. and the late Mabel Chappel Orr.

Betsy graduated from Robbinsville High School in 1966, at the top of her class, and later from East Carolina College, Greenville, NC, majoring in elementary music education and piano performance.

After graduation, she moved to Annapolis, MD, where she taught classroom music for some ten years in the West Annapolis Elementary Schools. While there, she was invited to a blind-date dinner at the home of a fellow teacher, whose husband happened to teach physics at the Naval Academy with Grant Anderson, then a Lieutenant in the Navy. They were brought together because of their love and performance of music. On Betsy and Grant's second date they got engaged and were married in the Naval Academy Chapel only three months later.

For the next two years, they performed on harpsichord and recorder with the founding chapter of the Viola da Gamba Society of America, along with George Glenn, founder of that Society. When Grant's active duty with the Navy was up, they moved to Concord, MA, and Betsy taught at several elementary schools in Weston. At the same time they both joined the Concord Orchestra (piano and clarinet).

In addition to her husband now of 50 years, Betsy is survived by the blues guitarist Edgar Lane (her son from a previous association), Edgar's three children: Aaron (a jazz guitarist, trumpeter, and keyboard player), Derek (a jazz keyboard player and stand-up bass player), and Sydney (about to graduate from the University of North Carolina at Asheville, NC). She is also survived by her brothers Mac Orr and Buddy Orr as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Betsy and Grant kept close contact (phone and visits) with the Lane family as it grew. And Betsy did the same with many of her past students as they scattered around the country.

Family and friends will gather to honor and remember Betsy for calling hours on Friday, January 14, 2022 from 3:00-5:00 pm at the Concord Funeral Home, 74 Belknap St., Concord, MA (face coverings required). Her funeral service will be held on Saturday, January 15, 2022 at 11:00 am at the Trinitarian Congregational Church, 54 Walden St., Concord (face coverings required) Burial will follow at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery.

To view the funeral service that was held on Saturday, January 15, 2022 at 11:00 am.

Arrangements under the care of Concord Funeral Home, 74 Belknap St., Concord, MA 01742 978-369-3388


Condolence & Memory Journal

Sing and I send you our condolences and love. Betsy was always a delight to find at company gatherings and musical events. We will miss her but we hope to see you again soon.

Posted by Carl & Sing Hanson - bedford, MA - Friend   January 14, 2022

I am so sad to hear of Betsy's passing. What a sweet and wonderful person! I'm sure I can speak for every member and friend of our Transportation Research Board committee who had the pleasure of meeting Betsy that their day was brightened by being in her presence. May she rest in peace, and may you find solace in the depth of the love you were privileged to share.

Posted by Bill Bowlby - Brentwood, TN - Friend   January 12, 2022

Betsy was one of the nicest people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. She always had a smile. I loved that my harp was always right next to her piano in the Concord Orchestra. We gave each other moral support for years. I shall miss her greatly.

Posted by Judy Ross - Concord, MA - Friend   January 09, 2022

Dear Grant,
You and Betsy were so wonderful giving our family support in many ways. You both were especially good helping Johnny. We will miss Betsy.

Posted by Rose Ruze - Concord, MA - Friend   January 08, 2022

Very sorry for the loss of Betsy, she was a lovely woman. In the late 1970s, when I was in my teen years, Grant & Betsy were instrumental in giving me a solid knowledge, and above all, a lifelong love of classical music. I learned so much from them, and am forever grateful. In fact, as a result, I did choose a career in music, attended Juilliard and now play professionally in the Pacific Northwest with the Northwest Sinfonietta & Symphony Tacoma. With Grant's work ethic, knowledge, encouragement & good humor and Betsy's patience and caring nature - they meant the world to me!

Posted by John Ruze - Lakewood, WA - Friend   January 08, 2022

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