ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS – Dozens of vehicles, from borough fire trucks, police cars and decorated trucks, vans and cars paraded past Betty Lou Connell’s home on Wesley ave. yesterday to honor the long time borough resident on her 90th birthday.
Born in Fair Haven, Connell moved to the same house where she now lives when she was two years old, left to establish a home of her own when she married, then returned to take care of first her mother, then her mother, until they died, “and I’ve been here ever since,” the chipper nonagenarian laughed.
Formerly employed at Mater Dei Hi School, Connell said she gave up dr iving last year, “because I just thought it was crazy to keep doing it, that’s all.”
She had six children during her marriage, one who died at birth, two daughters and three sons. All three sons, John, Walter and Bill, have died,, daugher Donna lives in Fort Pierce, Fla, and Maureen lives close to her mother’s home here. She also has four grandsons, “and no great grandhildren, that I know of,” she added with the same laugh and good-natured temperament she has exhibited throughout her life.
Connell said she has no secret to the success and good health of her nine decades, bu suggested, “whatever it is I;’m supposed to do here, maybe I just haven’t finished it yet.”