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Beatrice M. Blair

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BENNINGTON -- Beatrice M. Blair, 79, a longtime resident of Schenectady, N.Y., died Friday evening, March 19, 2004 at Bennington Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was born in Rutland on April 23, 1924 and was the daughter of the late George and Catherine (Pelkey) Shortsleeve.

Mrs. Blair received her education in Rutland schools. She has also lived in Troy, and Albany, NY.

Mrs. Blair was brought from Schenectady to Bennington to be closer to her daughter Judith Barrows 10 months ago; Judith is a resident of Manchester Center.

Mrs. Blair is also survived by her daughter Linda Sanderson, and her sons, James Blair and David Blair. She has several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

She is predeceased by five brothers and one sister.

Her main interests included needlework and crocheting. She was an avid bingo player and enjoyed traveling, and had visited Italy, California and Florida. She did quite a bit of traveling in the family motor home.

A graveside service will be held privately at the convenience of the family in the Ira Allen Cemetery in Sunderland. There will be no calling hours.

Her family wishes to thank everyone at Bennington Health and Rehabilitation who cared for Mrs. Blair, including, Dr. Martinez. These care-givers showed compassion, understanding and treated our mother with dignity.

Arrangements are under the direction of the E. P. Mahar and Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St. Bennington, VT 05201.
Published in Bennington Banner on Mar. 22, 2004
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