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Betty C. Cole

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Betty C. Cole Obituary

Betty C. (Bigford) Cole, of Avon, died peacefully at home on November 16, 2013. Betty was born on March 5, 1927 in Grand Rapids, MI, the daughter of the late Harold R. Bigford and Catherine (Watkins) Bigford. She was predeceased by her brother John, of Concord, MA. Betty attended Grand Rapids public schools, and earned a degree in education from Michigan State University. She watched and celebrated the Spartan's recent football victory over the Wolverines with phone calls from family and friends from around the country. Betty was also passionate about teaching and worked as a secondary educator, primarily as a history teacher, in Manchester, MI, Grand Rapids, MI and Avon, CT. She was admired in the classroom for her fairness, quick wit and intelligence. She is survived by her devoted husband of 64 years, Donald L. Cole and four children: Nancy L. Cole and her husband Walter Miller of Bethany, CT and Ocala, FL; Ellen Visnyei and her husband George of Redding, CT; Bruce Cole and his wife Marcy of Libertyville, IL; and William Cole of Avon, CT; as well as her sister, Mary Coats and her husband David, of Fruitport, MI; and her brother, Bruce Bigford and his wife, Ila, of Niles, MI. She was an inspirational grandmother to eight grandchildren, Cate, Doug, Ben, Lindsey, Lauren, Chelsea, Hannah and Alicia, as well as to three great-grandchildren, Madeline, Josephine and Hayden. Everyone still cherishes the blankets Betty knit for each child's arrival. Family and extended family, will miss her unwavering ability to sendbirthday and Christmas cards, and to have graciously hosted festive and sumptuous holiday meals for over half a century. Betty was a woman of faith and patriotism, who dearly loved her church gang and weekly bridge group of friends. She spent a portion of every day on her gardens and hill of cascading English ivy. All who knew her benefitted from her friendship, and sense of humor, as well as her famous pecan pies and "Betty" brownies. Relatives and friends may call at the Carmon Funeral Home & Family Center, 301 Country Club Road, Avon on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 from 5 to 8 pm. The Memorial Service will be held at the West Avon Congregational Church, 280 Country Club Road, Avon, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, at 11:30 a.m. followed by a reception in the fellowship hall. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. Memorial Donations may be made to the West Avon Congregational Church, 280 Country Club Rd. Avon, CT 06001. For directions or condolences please visit www.carmonfuneralhome.com.

Published in The Hartford Courant on Nov. 18, 2013
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