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Obituary for Betty Lorraine Sanderson Godfrey

1930 - 2023

Betty Sanderson Godfrey passed away on Dec. 2nd 2023 of natural causes at the age of 93. She was surrounded by family in a place she loved and considered home, Upper Canada Lodge in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

If you created the soundtrack for Betty’s life Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” would be at the top of the list. She knew from a young age that the playbook that existed for most young women in the 1950s wasn’t for her. When asked to describe her life she would only say: “I had a lot of fun.”

Betty was a hard worker and a single mother who did her best to support her family in an era when most women were homemakers. When she couldn’t find a job she’d create one and over time she became an entrepreneur and small business owner.

Betty liked to tell stories and make people laugh. Fact and fiction often merged in her well worn tales but she didn’t care. She loved being the center of attention.

Betty is survived by her children: Nancy Smith, Joseph Baldasio (Vivien), Margaret Sanger, Michael Baldasio (Teresa), and stepson, Scott Godfrey; and her sister, Margaret, and brother, Ernest; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held when her ashes are buried in the spring of 2024.

Arrangements entrusted to Considerate Cremation & Burial Services, 26 Nihan Drive, St. Catharines (between Lake Street & Scott Street), 289-362-1144. Online condolences may be made at