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Lois "Betsy" Elizabeth Colie ~ Remembered

Published on 12/3/2013


Mantoloking Yacht Club




Lois "Betsy" Elizabeth Allen Colie, (1927-2013)

Mantoloking, N.J.


Born in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, in 1927 to Ione Ralli Allen and Henry Butler Allen, Betsy was one of four daughters.  Her father was a Director of the Franklin Institute for many years. She proudly traced her lineage to Benjamin Franklin.


Married for 65 years to Runyon Colie, Jr., Betsy enjoyed competing in both sailing and squash.   Betsy was a nationally ranked squash player, playing out of the Philadelphia Cricket Club. Runnie and Betsy together won five International Penguin dingy sailing championships.


Gifted in both the fine arts and hand needlework Betsy designed the Mantoloking Seal, which can be seen throughout the town.  An avid gardener, she was a valued member The Sea Weeders. Betsy was a tireless volunteer where ever there was a need.


A life long environmentalist, Betsy served as councilwoman in Mantoloking where she was instrumental in developing the recycling program for the town.


She is survived by her husband, Runyon “Runnie” Colie, and her sister Peggy Potter.  She is also survived by her children, Delavan Colie, Lea Colie Wight and husband Richard, Ann Colie Lewis and husband Steven, Henry Butler Colie and wife Barbara, and Stephanie Carr Colie. Grandchildren Richard Colie, Stuart Colie, Nathan Wight, David Wight, Jackie Lewis Calvo, Tara Wight, Shane Lewis, Runyon Lewis and great granddaughter Kaylee Ann Wight. She was predeceased by her sisters Judy Short and Patsy Itgen.


In lieu of flowers the family suggests a gift to “Save Barnegat Bay”.


Internment will be private, in Greenfield, Massachusetts.  A memorial service will be held in Mantoloking, NJ in the spring.