Betty was born in Egypt of British parents, and attended English Catholic schools until she became a secretary at the British Embassy at age 17. In the early 1920s she was a code breaker at London’s Government Committee Headquarters. Three years later she moved to Nairobi, Kenya, to join a sister and brother, where she worked as a secretary until she met her future husband, Dr. Robert F. Gray, an American physician and anthropologist. They were married for 56 years, until his death.
During her marriage, Betty and her husband spent many years in Africa, and while living with the Sonjo tribe of Tanzania, she wrote a book about the tribe.
“It was fantastic to be with the people and learn about their lives – their beliefs and way of justice,” Betty said. “Once in America I continued with my long passion for reading and writing.”
Five years ago Betty moved to Washington permanently after living in Chestertown, Md. “I find it an absolutely beautiful, friendly and exhilarating city,” she said.
Currently Betty is a lector at St. Steven Martyr church. She also volunteers with The Grate Patrol Homeless Outreach, making sandwiches on Fridays at St. Paul’s Church.
Betty joined the Village to partake of our volunteer services, and she liked all of the Villagers that she had met.