Oakland - Elizabeth A."Betty" Furman 73, of Oakland Maine, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday January 29, 2014 at Maine Medical Center in Portland. Betty was born June 26, 1940 in Waterville, Maine the daughter of the late Joseph and Emily Sawlivich Furman. Betty had a passion for learning and began her educational journey when she graduated from Winslow High School in 1958. Betty continued her learning experience at Boston University, a member of the Gamma Phi Beta Sorority, graduating with honors in 1962 with a BS degree in Business Education. Never complacent she went on to earn her Masters in Education. Betty shared her love of learning, by choosing to be a teacher. She taught at Stoneham High School in Massachusetts, from 1962 until her retirement. Betty was truly respected by her students and peers alike. Betty was more than a teacher, she had great expectations for her students and expected even more of herself. Betty retired to her home state of Maine and began a new career as The Town Clerk in Winslow until poor health required her to retire once again in July of 2006. Betty was an avid athlete, she was a member of the Maine State Ladies Basketball Team in high school, a member of the Ladies Rifle Team in college, and played golf well into her retirement, at Natanis Golf Course where she was a member. Betty not only liked to participate in sports she was an avid sports fan as well. She enjoyed all types of sporting events but her absolute favorite was basketball. She loved the Celtics and March Madness was one her favorite times of the year. To say that Betty was a cat lover would be underestimating her affection for them. Betty believed that cats were better than any vice. they're not fattening, dangerous, or expensive. However, they can be addictive. Her "Boys" were truly members of her family, Sammy, Scooter, Daisy Mae , Mike, and KC were her pride and joy. She was dutifully "kept" by them and she adored them as much they adored her. If you were speaking to her on the phone you could often times hear one of them purring as he sat on her shoulder. Betty's love for animals was not limited to her cats, she enjoyed the wildlife around her home, she would often sit by her window enjoying the raccoon and deer that visited her. Betty was predeceased by her parents, and her brother Tom. Betty is survived by her Uncle Joseph Sawlivich, a close cousin and friend Anna Bard, several other cousins, and her dear friends Marilyn Watson, and Pat and Don Masse. At Betty's request there will be no services. Friends, who choose, may make donations in Betty's memory to the Waterville Humane Society, 100 Webb Rd Waterville, Maine 04901 . Arrangements are with Gallant Funeral Home, 10 Elm St., Waterville. An on-line guest book may be signed and condolences may be expressed at www.gallantfh.com.