Betty Edwards Espinosa
Aug. 5, 1937 - Oct. 17, 2012
The best waitress that Key West has ever known went to Heaven to serve the Lord after a very long illness. Betty Espinosa, formally of Fryeburg, Maine, and later Key West, Fla., passed away at the Key West Health & Rehabilitation Center. She was 75 years young. She was born in New Gloucester, Maine. During her teen years, she worked at nearby Pleasant Mountain Inn as a waitress. Following graduation from the Fryeburg Academy, she traveled to Key West and was soon employed by the Casa Marina Hotel Resort.
It was in 1957, while working at the Casa Marina, that she met and married her husband of 10 years, Peter J. Espinosa. Their daughter Cindy was born a year later. They soon moved into a new home in Key West and Betty spent the rest of her life living in America's most southern city. Betty was a "people person." She was friendly and outgoing, always the first to strike up a conversation with strangers. She had many stories about the famous singers and movie stars that she waited on. Over the course of her life in Key West, Betty worked at the A&B Lobster House, Logan's Lobster House, Captain Bob's, and finally at Denny's Restaurant. Betty was proud of being a good waitress. She spent most of her life waitressing, and was well known as "the best waitress in Key West" by everyone. She also worked at the Navy Exchange one year before becoming ill.
Betty was dedicated to her family in Key West, but she always looked forward to returning to Maine. Once a year she flew back to Fryeburg. Then she and her mother would get in the car and travel. They would cruise around looking for moose and deer, visiting relatives and old friends, and eating plenty of favorite Maine foods, like fried green tomatoes, apples and lobster.
Her Maine relatives and friends have many fond memories of her visits. Betty had fun visiting her old home, but her greatest joy was the time she spent with her daughter and grandchildren. If they had a school project due, she would help them. For Halloween, she always made costumes for Cindy and the grandchildren, entering them in various Key West competitions, which they often won! Betty played three sports while at Fryeburg Academy; later in life she loved to watch her grandchildren's events. She would take pictures of them and then spend hours building albums for each of them. In fact, she enjoyed doing this so much that when the grandchildren were no longer playing sports, she did this for many of her friends. Betty was a true Key West Conch fan. She loved going to all the Conch games. She even listened to the away games on the radio. Special thanks to Roger, Joey, John Fallon and the Valdez family for watching out for her during all the games she attended.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Kenneth and Virginia L. Edwards, and by her former husband, Peter J. Espinosa. She is survived by her daughter, Cindy Spencer and her husband Robert; three grandchildren, Edward Williams Jr. and his wife Dee, Laura Spencer (Jamie Duncan), and Felicia Spencer (Toby Peters); eight great-grandchildren who called her their "white-haired Gramma," Angela, Erika and baby Zachary Williams; Devin, Nathaniel and Marcus Duncan; and Kaitlynn and Kiley Peters. She is also survived by her brother, Robert Edwards, his wife Donna, and many nieces and nephews who loved her very much.
Betty's family would like to express their gratitude to Dr. Boros, Dr. Jones, Dr. Mahoney, the staff at Key West Health & Rehabilitation and the Key West hospice for their professional care and kindness given to Betty and our family during her illness. Special thanks goes out to Orchid, Zoila, Wendy, Joyce, Nicki, Mary, Faye and so many others who gave her so much love, support and companionship during her lifetime. The family would also like to thank Ceto and Walter for their daily prayers for our entire family.
A graveside service will be held for Betty next spring in Bridgton, Maine. A celebration of her life will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, at the Southernmost Prayer and Faith Center, 729 Fleming St., Key West. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to VNA/ Hospice or Southernmost Prayer and Faith Center.
My Beautiful Mother, I take comfort in knowing that you are no longer in pain. You are no longer broken. You are now in Heaven with our Lord and Savior. Please watch over us, for you now have a front row seat. I will love you always and I will always miss you.