Betty Jean (BJ) Winslow


BJ was born on 3 Nov 1934 in Detroit, Michigan to Eugene (Earl Bruce) and Catherine Franklin, and passed away unexpectedly at home on 25 December 2017.  She grew up in Detroit, and thoroughly enjoyed fishing and boating during the summers on Oxbow lake in Michigan. She studied at the University of Michigan, where she was also a member of Chi Omega. She married her first husband, Jim Ryan, in 1955 at the University of Michigan and they lived in many locations, including Yokohama, Japan, and settled in Weston.  She was an avid learner, completing a degree in psychology from Boston University in 1957. Her interests were very diverse, she was a Grand Master bridge player, and she enjoyed painting classes at Tulane, geology classes at UCLA, African Art at the University of Massachusetts, and then returned to Boston University in 1986, where she earned a nursing degree.  She had suffered with grit and poise the increasingly disabling effects of post-polio syndrome for the past 30 years.


In 1991, she married her husband Henry Nichols Winslow (Nick), and they participated in many years of activities together. She loved antiques, especially African masks, and conducted her own antique business for over 10 years.  She and Nick enjoyed going to Bermuda, watching Red Sox and Cape Cod League baseball, and especially loved their frequent visits to the family summer home in Monument Beach. 

She was a devoted mother, who was especially proud of her children and grandchildren, and could recount amazing stories of their feats for all to enjoy.

She was predeceased by her parents, and her first husband, Jim. She leaves behind her husband of 26 years, Nick; her children Kit, Geoff (and wife Jody), Greg, Susan and Loralee (and husband Glen); and 5 grandchildren: Chris (and wife Sara), Matt (and wife Bret), and Katie Ryan; and Sarah and Anna Manas, as well as many extended family members and her two dogs, Dustin Fenway and Dolley Madison.  She will truly be missed.


In accordance with her wishes, there will be no memorial service. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the MA Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA), 350 South Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02130 or the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), 406 W. 34th St, Kansas City, MO 64111.