Betsy Brinkley

“Love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward together in the same direction,” Antoine de Saint Exupery

Betsy Colt Brinkley, 69, a lifelong resident of Warren, PA, died peacefully Thursday, March 1st, 2018 at the John and Orpha Blair Hospice Residence following a courageous 10 year battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.

Born on December 23, 1948, exactly one year to the day before her husband, in Warren, PA. She was the daughter of the late P. Howard and Margaret McLaren Colt. Betsy was a 1966 graduate of Warren Area High School and received a bachelor’s degree in Education from the Pennsylvania State University in 1970. She was employed with the Warren County School District before retiring to dedicate herself to being the best mother, wife, and friend.

Betsy is survived by her husband, Veryl H. Brinkley, whom she married on August 1st, 1970 in Warren, 3 loving sons, Ben Brinkley and wife, Rita, of Warren, PA, Sam Brinkley and wife, Andrea, of Richmond, VA, and Jordan Brinkley and wife, Lydia, of Syracuse, NY; 5 beloved grandchildren Jonah, Ethan, Logan, Griffin, Violet, and a 6th on the way; her brother Peter H. Colt, his wife, Jyan, of Daytona Beach, FL and their daughter, Corey Colt, of Maitland, FL. In addition to those mentioned previously, she is survived by many devoted friends, all of whom she loved as family.

Betsy had a quick wit, always had a smile on her face, and enjoyed bringing laughter to all those around her, whether a lifelong friend or a stranger she had just met. She was an incredibly empathetic person, love and friendship were truly her life work. Betsy touched all who had the honor of knowing her.

Betsy was a tirelessly devoted mother who spent countless hours in support of her sons’ sports teams and their many other extracurricular activities. She enjoyed jigsaw puzzles, crossword puzzles, socializing with her dear friends in card club, and volunteer work, particularly with Warren area schools and the Youth Connection of Warren County. She also loved spending time at Van Buren Point, NY and an occasional slush on the beach with friends.

There will be a gathering of family and friends this summer at a date to be announced. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East St., Warren, PA 16365. Email condolences may be sent by visiting

Those wishing to place memorial donations may do so to Hospice of Warren County, 1 Main Ave., Warren, PA 16365.

“The riders in a race do not stop when they reach the goal. There is a little finishing canter before coming to a standstill. There is time to hear the kind voices of friends and say to oneself, “The work is done.” Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.