Betty Ann (Tanner) Decker Print

Betty Ann Decker

Beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother and sister;

Betty Ann (Tanner) Decker, 77, of Lowell, beloved wife of the late William H. Decker, Jr., died Monday afternoon at Lowell General Hospital after a brief illness.

Born in Burlington, Vermont, January 3, 1938, the daughter of the late Dorson and the late Mildred (Whaley) Tanner, she attended Burlington, VT, schools and was a graduate of Burlington High School.

Betty Ann was a proud wife, mother and grand/great grand parent, but also kept a pretty busy schedule in her community.

A neighborhood activist in the Highlands section of Lowell, she was a communicant the former Notre Dame de Lourdes Church and later St. Margaret Church. A member of the Blessed Virgin Sodality of her parish, Betty Ann also taught CCD and was a CYO advisor.

Among her many interests, Betty Ann enjoyed bowling, knitting and sewing but her most treasured times were spent with family and friends.

Betty Ann is survived by two daughters Cynthia A. McAndrews and her husband William of Lowell, with whom she resided, and Elizabeth Decker Taylor and her husband Stephen of Rochester, NH; two sons Charles R. Decker of Chelmsford and Michael K. Decker of Tewksbury; 16 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; a sister Virginia Giroux of Burlington, VT; several nieces and nephews.

She was also the mother of the late Robert W. Decker and the late William H. Decker, III and was sister of the late Robert Tanner and the late Malcolm Tanner.

Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 3 to 7 P.M. Thursday. Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday morning at ST. MARGARET CHURCH at 10 o’clock. Burial to follow at St. Patrick Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the Lowell Senior Center Activity Fund, 276 Broadway St., Lowell, MA 01854. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr., and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.

Condolences (3)
  • Lisa Decker Osborne  - My thoughts and prayers are with you
    My thoughts and prayers are with my cousins in their loss of their mother. I'm sure knowing that she led such a full and loving life brings comfort to you all in this time of grief. I'm so sorry for your loss. Love and hugs from your cousin Lisa
  • Sheryl O'Donnell  - Thoughts & Prayers
    My thoughts and prayers are with the family during this time of loss. I got to know Betty as one of the friendliest people/neighbors over at Cindy & Bill's house on Waugh St. Betty always had a smile and a nice word to offer. She certainly loved her family and was so proud of them. It's with a heavy heart that I have to say good bye to an amazing lady.
  • Lisa Fortin
    My deepest sympathy to Liz, Cindy, Mike and Chuck. She was a wonderful lady. Never hesitated to get involved or help out. She was my Girl Scout leader, neighbor and friend to my family. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her. Lisa
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