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Bettenell Miller BENNINGTON, VT Bettenell Miller passed away Tuesday morning at home surrounded by family, after a two year battle with cancer. Bettenell was born in Massillon, Ohio. During this period, Bettenell began working as a volunteer coordinator for LifeCare Alliance. Bettenell recruited a cadre of volunteers, starting with zero and ending with over 1300 volunteers who delivered Meals on Wheels. In mid-life, Bettenell quit her job and began a series of counterpoint experiences. Her first venture was a symbolic, week-long journey down the Colorado River on a raft; Bettenell noted that it was one way trip. Then she embarked on a series of missions, several based in Vienna, Austria and others in Italy, Honduras, New Zealand, Romania, Russia, and finally India. Bettenell then met Don Miller and yet another chapter began sharing a love for the outdoors, whether climbing Mt. Washington, backpacking on Isle Royale in Lake Superior, or camping in the Tetons. After 5 years, Don and Bettenell moved to Bennington, Vermont, where she soon volunteered at the Bennington Museum. But her passion was always gardening. Bettenell is survived by her husband, Don Miller of Bennington; her sisters Vera Snyder of Albuquerque, N.M., and Harriet Irwin of Estes Park, Colo.; daughter Deborah Meredith-Montalto of Charleston, W.V., Michael Meredith of Canton, Ohio, and Christopher Meredith of London, Ohio; a niece, Terry Irwin and a nephew, Scott Irwin, and several grandchildren. Bettenell was grateful for the many kindnesses given by so many caring people including the Bennington hospice team and friend at both First and Second Congregational churches. FUNERAL NOTICE: A Service celebrating the life of Bettenell will be held at Old First Church in Old Bennington, Vt., on Sunday May 13, at 2:30 pm In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the "George Aiken Wildflower Trail" at the Bennington Museum or the Steeple Repair Fund for First Congregational Church in Old Bennington through the office of the Mahar and Son funeral Home 628 Main St. Bennington, VT 05201. Guest book condolences may be made at www.maharandsonfuneralhome.net

Published in Bennington Banner on May 9, 2012
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