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Betty Jean Faulkner

1937-2012 DORSET, VT Betty Jean Faulkner (born Betty Jean Gartin) of Dorset, Vt., beloved mother, wife, grandmother, family member and dear friend passed away Thursday, October 18, 2012, at the Rutland Memorial Hospital in Rutland, Vt.

Miss Betty, as she was often called by her close family and friends, was a joy to know. Her warmth, humor and quiet strength made her the heart of her family and a good friend. She was quick with a fun joke, a warm hug, and wise counsel. She was there for her family and friends to help and encourage.

Miss Betty was devoted to her husband Robert. They shared a loving and happy marriage for over 51 years. She was an extraordinary mother who raised, loved and encouraged her two children, Robin and Robert. In addition, for over a quarter of a century, she provided a loving home for her mother, Elizabeth. Miss Betty loved the rest of her family (both near and far) including her three beloved grandchildren as well as her extended family (her brothers, cousins, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and wonderful others).

An excellent Southern cook and gracious hostess, her wonderful meals were a treat for her friends and an ongoing joy for her family.

Miss Betty was an active and avid bridge player in the Manchester and Dorset areas, originally playing social bridge and more recently focused on the challenges of duplicate bridge. She became an American Contract Bridge League member in 2004. Along with her bridge partner, she was named one of Vermont's Mini-McKenney Rookie of the Year duplicate bridge players in 2005, an honor which she, of course, downplayed. She went on to earn the successive titles of Junior Master, Club Master, Sectional Master and Regional Master. She was a popular bridge partner, loved by those who had the privilege of playing bridge with her, and proved one could be competitive, yet friendly. She enjoyed the game and the wonderful people she met.

She served for a number of years as Secretary of the Dorset Historical Society.

Miss Betty was born in Ashland, Kk., on December 5, 1937. She had a keen intellect, from early spelling bee awards, great grades and college scholarships to her virtually lifelong love of reading and enthusiasm for the most brutally difficult crossword puzzles she could find. She was the family source for spelling and grammar guidance, we miss not being able to call her now to edit this obituary.

Miss Betty graduated with honors from Transylvania University (Lexington, Ky.) in 1958 with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration. While at Transylvania, she was a cheerleader and a member of the Phi Mu Fraternity (the second oldest sorority in the nation).

It was Miss Betty's request that there be no funeral service or memorial service. Cremation will be handled by Brewster Funeral Home. To send the family personal email condolences, please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com

She was predeceased by her husband of 51 years, Robert L. Faulkner. She is survived by a daughter, Robin Faulkner Stone and her husband, Bruce S. Stone; a son Robert Preston Faulkner and his wife Lydia M. Faulkner: and her grandchildren Jason Stone, Benjamin Faulkner, and Ethan Faulkner. She was predeceased by her parents Otto Colton Gartin and Elizabeth Patton Gartin as well as her two brothers John P. Gartin and Otto Colton Gartin, Jr.

In lieu of flowers, if any one would care to make a contribution to either of the following two entities in her memory, she would have been pleased:

Rutland Area Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice 7 Albert Cree Drive Rutland, VT 05701 (802) 775-0568

Second Chance Animal Center 6870 Route 7A Shaftsbury, VT 05262 (802) 375-2898



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Published in Bennington Banner from Oct. 20 to Oct. 27, 2012
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