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Beatrice H. Cole

1929-2013 Beatrice H. Cole, passed away peacefully Sunday, surrounded by her family, after complications from surgery at Fletcher Allen Hospital.

Bea, Queen Bea, Mom, Gram, and Great Gram as she was affectionately known by all who knew and loved her. Mom lived her life with unselfish patience, and kindness. She had many hobbies including sewing, needlework, and knitting mittens for everyone at Christmas.

She loved bird-watching, especially hummingbirds, and was the first to spot them in the Spring. She had a huge vegetable garden and beautiful flower beds allowing her to enjoy fresh flowers on her table and over the kitchen sink. At the first sign of spring she would pick wildflowers from the woods surrounding her home. She loved the smell of lilacs, and peonies, always took a moment to stop and smell the flowers. As with her cup of tea, it was important to her that you sit and enjoy the time with family and friends, never hurried or rushed. Mom was a great baker and made delicious pies, cakes, rolls and biscuits, she always baked a scratch cake for our birthdays. She was a great listener and listened to all of us with patience and kindness. Mom was strong and never let life get her down. Before macular degeneration took her sight, Mom loved to read and continued her love of books by listening to them on tape. She was a huge fan of professional tennis, from John McEnroe to Roger Federer, she watched, listened to every Open with delight. Most of all Mom loved her family and was the best Mom, Mother-in-law, Gram, ever and will be missed dearly.

Bea was predeceased by her son Raymond, 10-6-1997, and husband Everett, 11-9-2004.

She leaves her sons, Leslie Cole and Barbara of Manchester, Laramie and Tanya of Wheatland, WY and Spencer and Mia of Manchester. Her daughters, Arlene Hodge and Erwin of Londonderry, Audrey Roberts and Bob of Bondville, Melanie Kent and Frank of Dorset, Maisie Kilburn and Dan of Manchester and Natalie Macksey and John of Arlington, VT. She had 16 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

MEMORIAL NOTICE: There will be a celebration of Bea's life at the Eagles Club in Manchester, VT on Thursday June 13th from 5:30-7:30pm.
Published in Bennington Banner on June 13, 2013
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