Obituary: Betsynell H. Esancy –

Betsynell H. Esancy

SCARBOROUGH – Betsynell H. Esancy, 88, of southern China, died on June 21, 2021 at the Pine Point Center in Scarborough following a fall in her home. She was born May 1, 1933, daughter of Jasper and Elizabeth (McKillop) Haynes.

Betsy grew up in Buckhorn camps on Middle Jo Mary Lake. She attended school in Millinocket and graduated from Stearns High School in the class of 1952. She then obtained her associate’s degree from Husson University and worked for several years at the East Millinocket Center for Handicapped as an accountant. Married to an Air Force sergeant, she lived in Texas, Maine, England and New Jersey before settling in Millinocket. At that time, the family included Michael, Katharine, Steven and Robert.

Betsy then met and married Ralph Esancy and together they made their home in southern China. Betsy was employed as a teaching assistant for many years at the Palermo school. She loved making beautiful quilts for the babies in her family and was a member of the Pine Tree Quilters Guild. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, the Augusta Nature Club, the Senior College Group and was a loyal member of the Emmanuel Lutheran Episcopal Church where she sang in the choir. In addition, she enjoyed volunteering at the South China Library. Betsy helped organize her high school class reunions and was the treasurer of the Williams’ annual family reunion in Great Pond. Some of his favorite pastimes are spending time with family, baking treats for friends and neighbors, and traveling, especially trips to Scotland and to Igaluit on Baffin Island. She knew the location of many glaciers and never came across one without stopping.

She was predeceased by her son, Michael Butler; her husband, Ralph Esancy; and his grandson, Joshua Butler.

She is survived by her children, Kathy Jensen and her husband Rick, Steven Butler and Robert Butler; stepdaughter, Hue Butler; grandchildren, Nichole Beard, Chris Butler, Paul Butler, Michael Butler, Tracy Butler, Magen Leikam, Matthew McCarthy, Madison Robinson, Dylan Butler, Jasen Jensen, Keisha McDaniel and Leticia Dunbar; 15 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; siblings, Lucy Carey and her husband Hank, and Jasper “Sandy” Haynes; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held on July 5 at 11 am at the Emmanuel Lutheran Episcopal Church, 209 Eastern Ave., Augusta, Maine 04330. Interment will be held at a later date at Millinocket Cemetery.

Arrangements have been made with Plummer Funeral Home, 983 Ridge Road, Windsor, Maine 04363. Condolences, stories and photos can be shared at

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