PLAINVILLE — Taking out a neighbor’s trash, providing rides to the Senior Center, and donating bunnies to a convalescent home were a few of the things residents did during a month-long recognition of Elizabeth “Betty” Boukus.
The Town Council, working with the Senior Center, established March 15 through April 15 as the Betty Boukus Month of Service in recognition of all the state representative, who died in 2016, did for the town. Town officials encouraged residents to perform good deeds and capped off the tribute on April 16, which would have been Boukus’ 76th birthday.
Shawn Cohen, director of the Senior Center, said the tribute included the reading of letters written by family and friends and a display depicting some of her good deeds.
“Most of the people in this room knew and loved her,” Cohen said. “We did it because we knew Betty was always helping someone … it wasn’t to get her name in the paper, she just did it.”
Gary Boukus, Betty’s husband, said it was heartwarming to hear stories of her work.
“It’s probably the way she interacted with people in general. She made friends so easily,” he said. “She just absolutely loved Plainville.”
Rosemary Morante, who spoke during the ceremony, said she was struck by the age range among participants in the Month of Service.
“I think this is a wonderful way to honor Betty’s legacy,” she said. “She was indomitable … you could not suppress her spirit, her love of people.”
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