Betty retired from showbusiness in November 1967 to run a pub - firstly Cock Hotel at Whaley Bridge and later the Devonshire Arms in Mellor where H.V. Kershaw tracked her down in 1969 and persuaded her to return to acting in the role of Betty Turpin. Betty was awarded an MBE in 1999. Betty was also awarded the "Lifetime Achievement Award" at the British Soap Awards in 2010.
Betty was rushed to hospital on 11th May 2011 suffering from pneumonia. Her character's final scenes aired in Episode 7610 on 27th May. The actress passed away several months later on 15th October. Her funeral was held at St Ann's Church, Manchester on Saturday 22nd October when Helen Worth and Bill Kenwright gave addresses and many of the cast, past and present, attended. The character she had played for 42 years was written out of the programme in April 2012, after dying off-screen of natural causes. A portrait of her was placed on the wall of the Rovers Return set, allowing the memory of both she and the character to remain a constant presence.