Martha “Betty” Pollitte was born and raised in Edmonston, Maryland. She grew up in the Catholic faith amidst a very large and loving family. She is preceded in death by her parents, Alice and Benjamin Cratty; her husband of 65 years, James “Jim” David Pollitte; five siblings: Joseph Cratty, Jack Cratty, Barbara (Al) Squillante, Benjamin “Buster” (Elaine) Cratty, Charles “Buddy” Cratty, and an infant daughter, Lynn Marie Pollitte.
She is survived by three children David Ray (Robin) Pollitte, Cheryl Ann McBrayer, Patricia “Patti” (Danny) McClurg; seven grandchildren: Jason Waltz, Kayli (Brant) Clatterbuck, Casie (Justin) Morehouse, Benjamin “Ben” (Caitlin) McBrayer, Brianna (Paige) Hurst, Ian Lee McClurg, Jameson (Melissa) McBrayer; and 10 great grandchildren: Maya, Kami, Raelyn, Parker, Lincoln, Colton, Shylee, Luke, Wyatt and Cody. Two sisters-in-law Irene Cratty and Beverly Cratty and many loved nieces and nephews.
As a young woman Betty worked in Washington DC as a clerk in the Military Division of Atomic Energy. It is during this time she met and married Jim. When they moved to Kentucky, she worked at Cowden Manufacturing while Jim finished his degree at UK. After Jim graduated, they moved to Morehead, where Betty began raising children and making a happy home for her family. This was her most cherished job. As her children became independent, she took a position in the purchasing department at MSU.
Betty was talented in many areas. She enjoyed ice skating and swimming and taught her children from a very young age to enjoy them as well. She was a Mom who would play board games, cards, legos and color with her children and grandchildren making for many happy memories. She filled her free time cooking, crafting and sewing.
Betty and Jim retired to Florida in 1990 to spend time walking the beach, finding shells, and soaking up the sun. Another of their ventures in retirement was the Pollitte Farm that they owned with Jim’s cousins. Living in these places provided opportunities for many fond family memories.
Martha “Betty” will always be remembered as a fun loving, hard working, kind, giving and selfless Wife, Mother and Nana.
Funeral services will be conducted 1:00 pm Tuesday, July 18, 2023 in the chapel of the Michael R. Gray Funeral Home in Morehead with Father Phillip DeVous officiating.
Burial will follow in the Olivet Methodist Church Cemetery in Mason County.
Visitation at the Michael R. Gray Funeral Home in Morehead is after 11:00 am Tuesday until the hour of the service.
Pall bearers will be David Pollitte, Danny McClurg, Jason Waltz, Benjamin McBrayer, Jameson McBrayer, Ian McClurg, Brant Clatterbuck and Justin Morehouse.
In lieu of flowers contributions in memory of Martha Elizabeth "Betty" Pollitte are suggested to the Hope Pregnancy Center, 167 East Main Street, Morehead, Kentucky 40351.
The Michael R. Gray Funeral Home, 808 Old Flemingsburg Road, Morehead, Kentucky 40351 is caring for all arrangements for Martha Elizabeth "Betty" Pollitte.