Betty Louise Geiger McNally
October 10, 1926 – October 29, 2020
It is with great sadness that the family of Betty Louise Geiger McNally announces her death on October 29, 2020. with Charles McNally, her husband of 74 years by her side.
Betty was born in Manhattan on October 10, 1926. Her family later moved to Connecticut during the Great Depression. When Betty was eleven, she went to visit her cousin in Hempstead, NY. On a bike ride that day they went to watch the seven McNally boys playing baseball in an empty lot. Charlie immediately noticed the lovely, tan girl in white shorts who had won a bracelet in a swimming contest at Jones Beach. He asked Betty if he could see the bracelet and accordingly, she removed it and handed it to him. He refused to return it until she gave him a kiss. Thus, began a romance that has endured for 82 years., their marriage for 74.
Betty attended nursing school at Middlesex Hospital, in Middletown, CT while Charles was fighting in the Pacific Theater with the Navy in WWII. Education was extremely important to both and so after their wedding Charles worked and attended college on the GI bill. Years later, as their family grew with three young girls, Betty attended summer school at SUNY Oneonta, earning her BA while leaving the family for many weeks during successive summers. With her RN and BA, she became a beloved school nurse teacher in Port Washington Public Schools.