Betty (Mayo) Ten Eyck Caspole, 89, died of pancreatic cancer on June 25 at home in Laurentide at Mashpee Commons. For three decades during her life, she had spent summers in East Falmouth.
She was the wife of John Mathers Caspole of Mashpee.
Born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, she was the daughter of Ralph Bernard Mayo and Maude Emily Wilson. After her mother died in 1937, she went to live with her grandparents in Bangor, Maine. Following her father’s remarriage, she moved to Quincy, graduating from Quincy High School with the Class of 1946.
She returned to Maine to further her education at Westbrook College in Portland, and graduated in 1947 as a medical secretary. In this capacity, she worked for surgeons in Boston.
In 1950 she married John Caspole of Quincy, whom she had met at the age of 14 in ballroom dancing class, and moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he worked for Westinghouse Electric Corporation. Her husband's career transfers had them living in Connecticut, Missouri and Ohio, and for several years during this time, she became a Weight Watchers lecturer.
From 1972 to 1977 they lived in Bilbao, Spain, where she enjoyed traveling to historical and religious sites, learning Spanish and encouraging her sons to play soccer and ice hockey while they attended the American School of Bilbao.
Following a divorce in 1980, she married Donald Tulloch Ten Eyck and the couple moved to Reno/Sparks, Nevada, and worked together to manage a successful medical billing service company. Both were active in Navy League and helping sailors in distress.
Memories of 30 summers spent at her family home near Great Pond in East Falmouth had her missing the Cape, so upon their retirement in 1997 she and Mr. Ten Eyck relocated to South Yarmouth. Once settled, they continued Navy League activities but focused on advocating for Coast Guardsmen on Cape Cod.
In 2014 she and Mr. Caspole were remarried.
She enjoyed her garden, reading and also traveling—to Spain, France, Bermuda and Canada—as well as taking short trips to explore Maine.
In addition to her husband, she leaves four sons, John Caspole of Carlsbad, California, William Caspole of Fredericktown, Ohio, Richard Caspole of Stratford, Connecticut, and David Caspole of Pasadena, California; 12 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and extended family.
A memorial service is planned for Monday, July 15, at 2 PM at First Congregational Church in Yarmouthport.
Interment will be at a later time in the family plot at Blue Hill Cemetery in Braintree.