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Kam, Elizabeth “Betsy”

Elizabeth Grant Kam, age 72, of West Roxbury and Dennis Port, formerly of Avon, CT and Rochester, NY, passed away on February 28, 2020 after 50 years of marriage to Cedric Kam.  Betsy was born Elizabeth Virginia Grant in Boston, the daughter of Ernest Hamlen Grant, Jr. and Elizabeth Spence (MacNeil) Grant.  She was the proud mother of Alison of Troy, NY and Christopher of New York City and loving grandmother of Carmyn and Jackson of Troy.  Betsy graduated from Holliston High School, Class of 1965 and Wellesley College in 1969.  She retired in 2015 from the New England Conservatory of Music as Assistant Director of Financial Aid after previously working in student financial aid at Nazareth College of Rochester and Mount Ida College, Newton. 

Betsy loved helping people, but her passion was choral music.  She sang first alto in the choirs of First Congregational Church of Holliston, West Avon Congregational Church, and Allin Congregational Church in Dedham, at Wellesley in the College Choir and the acapella Tupelos, and in the Farmington Valley Choral and the Dedham Choral Society.   Betsy loved Cape Cod.  She spent memorable childhood summers on the cape, and then her children’s summers there, too.  She was a longtime member of West Dennis Yacht Club. 

A private interment was held at Highland Cemetery in Norwood where she was interred with her parents and grandparents.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Betsy’s name to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, NE Chapter, 60 Walnut St., Wellesley Hills, MA 02184


Betsy’s Memorial Service has been postponed until May 2020.  Please check back for updated memorial service information. 



Guestbook Entries

  1. Doug Pote
    March 1st, 2020 | 11:18 pm

    Ced, Ali, Chris, and Cameron, I am so sorry for your loss. As you know, Ced, Cousin Betsy and I grew up together sharing every wonderful Thanksgiving and Christmas together. What wonderful memories! I stayed with her family for days at a time both in Norwood and Holliston. It’s fitting that she will return to rest in Norwood. I distinctly remember the two of us galloping across her lawn in Norwood playing Black Beauty. Needless to say, she was “Beauty.” I was “the other horse.” Rest in Peace, Beauty.
    Love, Cousin, Doug

  2. Jonathan Barnhart
    March 3rd, 2020 | 12:25 am

    On behalf of the Dedham Choral Society, please accept our deepest sympathies for this tragic loss. Betsy was a loyal and valued member of our Alto section for quite a few years, and, personally, I will miss seeing her wonderful smile in the front row.
    Her generous and loving spirit will sing on forever.

  3. Don & Judy Massey
    March 3rd, 2020 | 10:46 pm

    To Cedric and your wonderful family: We are so sorry for your loss.
    We feel the loss, too. Her singing, her volunteer expertise and willingness to help, her conversation at coffee hour and her easy laugh. Betsy has always been a special part of our Allin Church family. We have missed her for months, and we miss her even more now. May the Lord keep her and care for those she has left behind. With love, Judy & Don

  4. Ken & Judy Schwartz
    March 4th, 2020 | 5:51 pm

    To Cedric, Ali and Chris, We were sorry to hear about Betsy. It has been a few years since Avon, CT, but please know you are all part of some of most cherished memories of when our kids were growing up together. We have the pictures to prove it. Our deepest sympathy to you all. Rest in peace, Betsy.

  5. Susan Akie
    March 9th, 2020 | 7:32 pm

    Cedric – I am so sad to hear that you have lost Betsy. She will remain in my memory as one of the most lovely and gracious ladies I have known. I am pleased to read that you were lucky enough to have had 50 years together with her. My condolences to you and your family.

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