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Betsey B. Porter

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SHAFTSBURY -- Betsey B. Porter, 80, wife of Kenneth C. Porter, a resident of Sycamore Lane, died Monday, June 19, 2006, at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, following an extended illness.

Born in Easton, Md., Nov. 12, 1925, she was the daughter of the late C. Thomas Beach and Elizabeth (Spring) Beach. She received her education in the Hatboro Pa., schools and was a 1943 graduate of Hatboro High School. Betsey later attended Lynden Hall Junior College in Lititz, Pa., and was a 1949 graduate of Castleton State College.

Mr. and Mrs. Porter were married at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Bennington, Aug. 5, 1950. For many years Mrs. Porter taught elementary school in Rutland, Hyannis, Mass., Bennington and Pownal. She also operated a private kindergarten for a short while and was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma chapter in Bennington.

Mr. and Mrs. Porter moved to Harwich, Mass., in 1973, where Mrs. Porter was active in local garden clubs and did flower designing. For several years she was selected to exhibit at the Boston Flower Show. She was a past president of both the Harwich and Nausett garden clubs. While living on Cape Cod she was a member of St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church in Chatham, Mass., where she was very active in both the church school program and as a member of the flower guild.

In 2002 Mr. and Mrs. Porter returned to the Bennington area and have made their home in Shaftsbury for the past four years.

Survivors include her husband, Kenneth C. Porter of Shaftsbury; a daughter, Martha A. Emery of Chittenden; one grandson and two great-grandsons; a sister, Judith Damon of Roanoke, Va.; a brother, Rodney Beach of Annapolis, Md.; several nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, grandnephews and cousins. She was predeceased by a daughter, Susan B. Porter, who died in 1987, and by a sister, Lucy Johnson, who died in 2000.

The funeral will be held from St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Bennington on Saturday, June 24, 2006, at 11 a.m., where the burial office will be offered by the Rev. Mother Anita Schell-Lambert, rector.

Friends may call at the Mahar & Son Funeral Home Friday from 4 to 6 p.m., when the family will be in attendance.

Burial will take place in the family lot in Park Lawn Cemetery.

Should friends desire contributions in Betsey Porter’s memory may be made to either St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Bennington or St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church in Chatham, through the office of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St., Bennington, VT 05201.
Published in Bennington Banner on June 20, 2006
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