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Beatrice "Bettie" Fair

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BENNINGTON -- Beatrice “Bettie” Fair, widow of Clifford T. Fair Sr., 75, a resident of Harbour Road, Bennington, died unexpectedly Thursday, Feb. 17, 2005, at her residence.

Born in Montreal, Que., Canada, Feb. 4, 1930, she was the daughter of the late Leo and Georgianna (Grisdale) LaRiviere. She received her education in Bennington and was a graduate of the former Bennington High School.

Cliff and Bettie were married Nov. 29, 1949, in Bennington. Cliff died August 2, 1973.

Survivors include a daughter, Patti Prosowski and her partner Stephen Eddington of Bennington; a daughter and son-in-law, Connie and Edward Messer of Bennington; a son and daughter-in-law, Thomas N. and Catherine Fair of San Francisco, Calif.; six grandchildren, Stacy Prosowski, Steve Prosowski, Joshua Longtin, Hannah Messer, Crae Messer and Casey Fair; a sister, Bobbie LaRiviere, of Key Largo, Fla.; a brother, Richard LaRiviere of Riverside, Calif.; and nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband Cliff, Bettie was predeceased by her daughter, Suzan Lynn Fair, who died in 1981, and sister, Lois Jean Manello.

Bettie was known by her friends and loved ones as a supportive wife, wonderful mother and true friend. Bettie had a remarkable design sense and a great passion for “rehabbing” homes in need of “TLC.” She jokingly referred to being one of the first women to have an account at Greenberg’s. Bettie did much of the work herself from design to sheet-rocking, taping and carpentry. Those who knew her well knew it was nothing for Bettie to tear down a wall and redesign a whole living space in one of the many Bennington homes the Fairs lived in.

Bettie’s other love was for children and in addition to raising her own, she provided care for other Bennington children including Roger Emerson, son of Betsy and John Emerson, local schoolteachers who shared their son with Bettie until he was five and who Bettie considered one of her own.

Bettie was a great seamstress and made clothes for herself and her children, as well as drapes and slipcovers for family and friends. There was nothing Bettie couldn’t do when she put her mind to it. Bettie served on the Mt. Anthony Union High School bonding committee and also served on the Old Bennington Board of Trustees. Bettie was employed locally at Bennington Potters, Catamount Bank, Bennington College and Kid’s Sample Store owned by her dear friend Lotti and David Morris. For several years, Bettie served as manager of the Dorset Field Club in Dorset and later worked as a reporter for McGraw-Hill Publishing Co. in Miami, Fla.

The funeral will be held from the Mahar & Son Funeral Home on Monday, Feb. 21, 2005, at 11 a.m.

Friends may call at the Mahar & Son Funeral Home Monday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.

Private committal services will take place in Park Lawn Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

Should friends desire, contributions in Bettie Fair’s memory may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation through the office of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201.
Published in Bennington Banner on Feb. 19, 2005
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