RIP Elisabeth (Betty) Willett FBIVR (Life member)

By Mary Sorene on

RIP Elisabeth (Betty) Willett FBIVR a Life Member of BIVR for very many years.

9 Feb 2017: I have just learned, through Betty’s daughter Amanda’s post on Facebook the arrangements:

The funeral of Elisabeth Willett will be on Thursday 23rd February at 10.30am.

The address is the Crawley Crematorium, Balcombe Rd, Crawley RH10, 3NQ.

There will be a wake at the Parsons Pig, Balcombe Road, RH10 3NL. No dress code, anything goes.

No flowers but donations welcome to NADP, MSOP, St John’s and St.Peters Hospice Wivelsfield Green or Battersea Dogs Home. Donations to be sent c/o the co operative funeral care, 6-8 South Road, Haywards Heath, rh16 4la.

If you need any more info, accommodation etc, please let me know. Hope to see some of you there to celebrate the life of the most amazing woman. Much love.”




It is with a very sad heart that I report the passing of Elisabeth (Betty) Willett today, 1 February 2017.

Betty’s bio on the BIVR website was written from the heart, but there was so much more to her:

I never envisaged that verbatim reporting would be my chosen career but once I had put my hands on a Palantype keyboard I fell in love! My love affair with that ugly little black Palantype box was to take me to such exotic places as Venezuela, Japan and Zimbabwe to cover international conferences, to almost everywhere in Europe, and in the UK to assignments in the lowliest magistrates court to the Court of Appeal, as well as American depositions, trades union conferences and such things as the International Whaling Commission and the Piper Alpha disaster.

In between all this I became a Fellow of BIVR, joined the Council in the 1960s and was elected President five times. Now retired (almost) I spend my time fighting the cause of older people so do not have time to get bored!
Betty won many awards for her work as a Verbatim Court Reporter as well as being one of the first, is not the first, Speech-to-Text Reporter.

Betty encouraged everyone to attain high standards both in their machine skills and their English grammar skills.

Betty studied for a Degree and this the photo of her achievement.