Ballston Lake-Catherine Elizabeth Lyman Warden, "Betty" passed from earth to heaven on Friday, December 15, 2017 at the Baptist Health Care Center in Scotia. She was 93 having lived over 50 years at her home in Ballston Lake and most recently a resident at the Judson Meadows Assisted Living.
Born in Hartford, CT on October 26, 1924, daughter of the late John and Edna (Anderson) Lyman, she was the eldest of seven generations growing up on the Lyman homestead of Middlefield Connecticut. Her family instilled in her a love for family and appreciation for traditional New England ethic for hard work and community involvement, but her greatest gift was love for people.
Betty met her husband, James Warden, during the war years, marrying right after graduation from Connecticut College for Women, and quickly settling down to raise three children while her husband established his career in engineering. She grew in her faith at East Glenville Church of Scotia, attending women's Bible studies and was a choir member and soloist. She became a well loved and sought after Bible teacher at First Presbyterian Church in Schenectady, where she recently reached the 50-year mark of membership. She was committed to church, but devoted to Jesus. Betty touched so many people's lives with the depth of her relationship with God, being a youth leader, teaching a children's Sunday School class, numerous neighborhood women's Bible study groups, and helping a Cambodian family resettle in the area. Her family will remember her as a devoted wife and mother, but to so many others she was a friend who passionately encouraged, counseled and loved people, pointing them to Jesus as the only One who saves. Her country home was simple and warm and always open to visitors and friends who stopped by to talk and left having been blessed by the presence of Jesus in her. She loved her flower and vegetable gardens, a result of her upbringing on the farm in CT (Lyman Orchards). Though she never had a career or job, her wealth and earnings are best seen in the lives impacted for eternity.
Those greatest blessed by Betty include her children, E. Lindsay (Roy) Coppinger of Portland, OR, James L. (Debra) Warden of Clifton Park and Susan W. (Greg) Groh of Ballston Lake; eight beloved grandchildren, Lyle (Lizette) Coppinger, Lara (Flurry) Stone, Erin Coppinger, Katherine (Damian) Dobric, Rachel (Tyler) Davis, Jennifer (David) Lederer, James (Holly) Groh, Christie (Samuel) LeVake as well as 20 great grandchildren; and her siblings, John "Jack" Lyman of Middlefield, CT and Mary Heist of Old Greenwich, CT and her brother in law Michael Waller of Cincinnati, OH.
She is the widow of the late James E. S. Warden, having been married 63 years. In addition to her parents and husband, she is predeceased by her sister Dorothy Waller, brother-in-law Clark "Whitey" Heist, and sister-in-law Kathryn (McDermott) Lyman.
Visiting hours are Friday January 5, 6-8pm at Jones Funeral Home, 1503 Union Street, Schenectady, NY; www.jonesfh.net. Funeral of celebration is Saturday January 6, 10:30am at First Presbyterian Church, 209 Union Street, Schenectady NY 12305.
In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Schenectady, NY. 1stpreschurchschdy.org