Boyd, Betty

Boyd, Betty

Female 1927 - 1986

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  • Born  12 Jan 1927 
    Gender  Female 
    _UID  9D16844EBFD142249CB41FB360A0555E507C 
    Died  26 May 1986 
    • Dorothy Elizabeth Boyd Garee (Betty), born January 12,1927, in Paterson, New Jersey, is truly an icon in the development and contribution to the world wide library of handbell music scores. Some of these titles include, Fantasy on an Old Bell Inscription. God With Us For All Time, Holy Manna. Land of Rest In Joseph's Lovely Garden. Le Bal, L'Arlesienne Suite, Le Ping. March of the Dwarfs, and, Melita. Other favorites include Deck the Halls. I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day, II Est Ne, Materna. O Canada. Reflections. Stille Nacht, The Skaters. The Rainbow Connection. Trumpet Voluntary, and, Un Flambeau. Jeanette Isabelle.
      She had a penchant and drive to produce only the best quality performances and utilized her love of people and music "Soli Deo Gloria" which means, "Only to the Glory of God". She graduated from Ridgewood High School, New Jersey, in 1944 stating under her yearbook picture, "Without music, life would be meaningless." Educated at Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio, she received her Bachelors degree in Music Theory in 1948 and then taught music theory at the graduate level at Oberlin where she met William A. Garee, who taught Physics. She then went on to Columbia University to receive her masters degree in piano.
      Married to William A. Garee in 1954, the two then raised three children, James F., Anne E., and Joyce E., and simultaneously, she served as Associate Director of Music for the New Hackensack Reformed Church in Wappingers Falls, New York, from 1972 to 1985. During that time, Betty and her Klokken Ringers toured the eastern seaboard, rang at local, state, national, and international festivals, and produced three vinyl recordings.
      She was named Honorary Life Member of the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers prior to her death. On May 27, 1986, internationally acclaimed, Betty Boyd Garee died at the age of 59 leaving those who continue to ring handbells, 38 publications of her original work, transcribed and adapted works, and a number of non-published personal arrangements. When her music is played, surely she is in the room. (source:
    Person ID  I8019  Keith and Kay's
    Last Modified  28 Feb 2011 

    Family  Garee, William Alfred,   b. 25 Dec 1924,   d. 9 Feb 2004 
    Married  1954 
    _UID  934F3DD0A8714691B7ED2AF4D9797CE150E2 
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    Family ID  F4617  Group Sheet

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