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Lexington, KY – Mrs. Betty N. (Ernst) Olbrys died Saturday, July 27, 2019 at the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky following a period of declining health. She was 93.

Betty was born in Central Butte, Saskatchewan, Canada on May 14, 1926, the only child of the late Russell and Edna Pearl (Charlesworth) Ernst. As a child she moved with her family to Somerville and then to Watertown where she spent her growing up years.

After graduating from Watertown High School Betty went to nursing school at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge where she earned her nursing degree as a U.S. Navy nurse. She also went to school at Simmons College in Boston.

In February, 1953 she married Leon L. Olbrys at Saint Jude Church in Waltham. The couple soon moved to Waltham where they raised their family.

Betty was a registered nurse for forty-four years, working for the Waltham Visiting Nurse Association and, later, for the Waltham Board of Health where she provided nursing care to Waltham's Catholic Schools. Her love for the children and teachers was surpassed only by their deep affection for her. She retired to Deerfield Beach, Florida, where she made many dear friends, later moving with her daughter Nancy to Lexington, Kentucky.

Betty was a life-long avid, and intensely loyal, fan of the Boston Bruins and Red Sox.

The wife of the late Leon L. Olbrys, she leaves her children, Carol A. Baclawski (Kenneth) of Waltham, Steven P. Olbrys (Marie) of Waltham, Nancy J. Valencia (Marcelino) of Versailles, Kentucky and Peter L. Olbrys (Lori) of Rye, New York; ten grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren and her two childhood friends, Mabel Mills and Phyllis Stadtman.

Family and friends will honor and remember Betty's life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham on Thursday, August 1st from 4 to 8 p.m. and again at 9:30 a.m. on Friday morning before leaving in procession to Saint Jude Church, 147 Main Street, Waltham where her Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow in Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge.

Memorial donations may be made to Big Brothers Big Sisters Massachusetts Bay, 75 Federal Street, Floor 8, Boston, Ma 02110 ( www.bbbsmb.org/donate-2/ )