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Betty Jane COLWELL

May 9, 1927 — March 13, 2023

Alma, NY


Betty Jane COLWELL, 95, of Alma, NY, died Monday, March 13, 2023 in Olean General Hospital. 


Born May 9, 1927, in Olean, she was the daughter of Virgil B. and S. Irene Gadsby Stebbins.  On February 25, 1961, in Shinglehouse, she married Jacob I. Colwell, who predeceased her on September 25, 2019.  Betty was a 1945 graduate of Shinglehouse High School. She was employed by the United States Postal Service and was then transferred to the Social Security Administration Office in Olean.  While her husband was in the military, she was transferred to the Washington D.C. office. From there, she worked for the US Air Force as a secretary in Maryland and Guam. When they returned to the area to live, she was employed by the ROTC at St. Bonaventure and then retired from the Olean Social Security Office.  Betty was a member of the Shinglehouse United Methodist Church. 


Surviving are:  two daughters, Mary Ann (Patrick) Dalton of Hamburg and Nancy (Richard) Middaugh of Alma;  five grandchildren, Shawn (Amanda) Dalton, Shannon Dalton, Jacob Middaugh, Nicholas Middaugh, and Kaylee Middaugh; four nieces and nephews, including a close nephew Kirk (Margie) Stebbins of Shortsville.  In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a brother, Edwin Stebbins. 


Friends may call at Shinglehouse United Methodist Church, 209 N. Lincoln Street, Shinglehouse, PA on Monday, March 20, 2023 from 10:00 – 11:00 AM, with Funeral Services following at 11:00 AM.  Rev. Preston L. Hutchins, Jr. will officiate.  Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse.  


Memorials may be made to Shinglehouse United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 296, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.  


Arrangements are under the direction of OLNEY-FOUST Funeral Homes & Cremation, Crowell Chapel, 296 North Main Street, Wellsville, NY.    Online condolences may be expressed at

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