Betty May (Henshaw) Dewar, 95, died April 11 at Cape Cod Senior Residences in Pocasset, where she had lived for the past seven years.
She was the widow of Lloyd C. Dewar, who died in 2000. They were married for 57 years.
Born in Braintree, she was the daughter of Elsie (Harwin) Henshaw and Alfred Henshaw. She was graduated in 1941 from Braintree High School, where she was chosen to be “New England high school artist,” and furthered her education by attending Massachusetts College of Art.
She and her husband lived in Quincy and then Weymouth and raised their four biological sons and Ms. Dewar’s nephew, whom they adopted when he was 14 years old.
During her time in Pocasset, Ms. Dewar was part of a knitting group that made blankets and then donated them to homeless women and their children at the Carriage House shelter in North Falmouth. She got involved as part of the “Warm Up America” project sponsored by the Michael’s craft store in Falmouth. The Enterprise published an article about the effort in October 2014 just after the group donated seven lap robes and two larger blankets to the shelter and then had begun working on baby blankets for the next donation.
The knitters had started meeting at Michael’s for the program the previous fall, but decided to continue the effort the year around. They met weekly at Cape Cod Senior Residences to sew blanket squares and then at the craft store once a month to sew the squares together. Ms. Dewar had been known to bring in 30 squares to a gathering. Members in the group had all been knitting since they were young mothers themselves, they said, and even though many now had arthritis they wanted to stay productive and involved with the community.
In her younger years, Ms. Dewar played softball and bowled. She and her husband enjoyed traveling in the US and in Europe. She was known for her beautiful rock gardens and vegetable gardens in addition to her painting and knitting. She also had a love for music, and was an avid Scrabble player.
Ms. Dewar lived in Largo, Florida, for 12 years before moving to the Cape.
She leaves her sons, Alan L. Dewar of Sandwich, Bruce H. Dewar of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Dr. Cameron K. Dewar of North Falmouth, Donald R. Dewar of Los Altos Hills, California, and Dr. William Henshaw of Lodi, California; 11 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
A celebration of her life will be this summer on Cape Cod, at a date to be determined.