Elizabeth Louise "Betty Lou" Soule McColgin died March 3, 2012, at her home in Bridgewater. She had Alzheimer's disease and declined rapidly following a Feb. 22 car accident with her husband, Franklin, of 64 years, who died as a result of the accident.
On their last day together, the couple was enjoying the spring-like weather. They started with Tai Chi at the Bridgewater Senior Center and visited with neighbors before enjoying a sunny picnic by Lake Lillinonah.
Mrs. McColgin was raised riding horses, sailing, skiing and flying in Wellesley Hills, Mass.
During World War II, she trained as a nurse. After the war, she joined Pan American as a stewardess and fell in love with and married the young pilot, Franklin.
The couple moved to Setauket, N.Y., and then to Old Field, Long Island, N.Y., where they raised their four children, Ian, Robin, Shane,and David.
Her over 60 years' devotion to fox hunting began with the Smithtown Hunt, where she was the first woman secretary.
Mrs. McColgin brought her love of riding, sailing and skiing into the lives of her children.
In 1970, the McColgins moved to Bethlehem, where they became active with the Litchfield County Hounds and Middlebury Hunt. She was a master of foxhounds and huntsman.
Mrs. McColgin was active in the Pony Club and a founder of Little Britches Riding Program for the handicapped in Litchfield.
The couple moved to Bridgewater in 1998 and joined the Fairfield County Hounds. Despite advancing Alzheimer's, she did not hang up her spurs until 2008.
With her husband, Mrs. McColgin continued visiting friends and enjoying Bridgewater Senior Center activities, hunt breakfasts and musical events.
A remembrance service will be held in the spring.