Betty Lee Lang, 87, died July 30 at the Rivercrest Extended Care Facility in Concord. She was the widow of Richard E. Lang.
Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Mrs. Lang was raised on Richards Road in Watertown. She graduated from Watertown High School as class valedictorian in 1945.
She attended Swarthmore College, playing on the tennis team and graduating in 1949 with a bachelor's degree in mathematics. From 1949 to 1953, she worked as a mathematician at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she met her husband.
Mrs Lang lived in Lincoln for over fifty years. She was active in the League of Women Voters, and served as a volunteer at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School and in various financial positions in Lincoln town government. Best known as the town accountant, a position she held for over twenty years, she had a reputation for scrupulous accuracy and attention to detail. Later in life she volunteered at Emerson Hospital in Concord. An avid gardener, she loved music, popular and classical, especially opera.
She and her husband Richard modeled a lifestyle for their children that was self-reliant and environmentally sustainable. They grew and canned their own vegetables, baked bread and made their own beer and wine. Her love of nature was evident in her life-long hobbies of bird watching and gardening. Family vacations involved camping in the Canadian maritime provinces, visiting the Civil War battlefields and exploring Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks.
Mrs. Lang leaves behind three sons: Jeffrey of Sudbury, his wife Marija, and their children Matthew, John and Christopher; Timothy of Amherst, his wife Lisa, and their children Benjamin, Carey and Hannah; and Steven and his wife Kathleen of Hopkinton.
Family and friends will gather to honor and remember Mrs. Lang on Monday, August 11th at 10:00 am in Duvall Chapel at New England Deaconess Assoc., 80 Deaconess Rd., Concord. A reception will follow the service.
Gifts in her memory may be sent to:
480 Pleasant Street
Watertown, MA 02472.