ORONO and LACONIA, N.H. Born in Marblehead, Mass. Nov. 13, 1919, Elizabeth “Betty” grew up there when Marble-head was just a small town. Descended from Irish immigrants as well as original English and French founders of the U.S. Henry Middleton, for whom she was named, was the first president of the First Continental Congress. Betty was a natural student and put herself through Simmons College graduating in home economics in 1941. She taught in the public school in Auburn, before marrying Charles Melville Nystedt “Brud” of Marblehead in 1943. She is survived by her son, Charles M. Nystedt Jr., of Wakefield, R.I.; her daughter, Sally Middleton Littlefield, of Brooksville; and Sally’s sons, James Charles Whitehead and Bryan Scott Whitehead, both of Cincinnati, Ohio. Betty raised her family in Durham, N.H. and Hamilton Mass. She loved teaching and taught Home Economics in Wenham, Mass., for many years before retiring. She and Brud spent a year in Puerto Rico and a year travelling around the United States before settling into a contented routine of wintering in Sun City Center, Fla. and summering in New Durham, N.H. at their beloved Merrymeeting Lake. Betty was active in bridge and cribbage playing groups wherever she lived. She loved to entertain. She enjoyed volunteer teaching in Laconia, N.H., where she lived from 1995 to 2005. She was a Hospice volunteer as well. Betty died peacefully in her home at Dirigo Pines, Orono, Saturday, July 16, 2005. She repeated many times, “I have had a wonderful life, with wonderful friends and family.” She will be terribly missed. There will be a memorial service at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at St. James Episcopal Church, 876 North Main St., Laconia, N.H. In lieu of flowers, a fund in her memory will be established at Simmons College, Boston, Mass.