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MANCHESTER -- Betty Jennings, 60-year resident of Manchester and Dorset, died April 14, 2004 at Equinox Terrace in Manchester. She was 93.

Known for her interest in people, sense of humor and love of travel, Mrs. Jennings was a member of the Manchester Garden Club, the Green Mountain Girls, and an avid birder. But her special interest and talent lay in her support of young people. She invited countless students and young travelers to stay with her over the years and many became lifelong friends - enjoying the relaxing warmth of her hospitality.

In 1989, to help prevent students from dropping out of high school she established a scholarship fund at Burr and Burton that recently evolved into support for their innovative Target Program. She also took a special interest in a young Ugandan, John Msambu, and helped support both his education in Germany and his struggle to improve the lives of his countrymen in Uganda.

Born Elizabeth Morgan Field to Frances Louis and Katharine Morgan Field in New York City on April 2, 1911, she was raised in Stamford, Conn. She returned to New York with her family where she completed her formal education at Finch and lived before settling in Manchester with her first husband in 1942.

She was predeceased by her brother, William Hill Field, and two husbands, Percival Whittlesey and Oliver Jennings. She is survived by her nieces, Sarah Morgan of Greenwich, N.Y., and Kitty Graves of Westport, Conn.; a nephew, Richard Field of Newark, Del.; several grand- and great-grandnieces and nephews, and many, many friends all over the world.

Betty asked that any donations in her memory be made to The Manchester Rescue Squad, PO Box 26, Manchester, VT 05255 or The Dorset Nursing Association PO Box 549 Dorset, VT 05251. There are no service scheduled at this time. Arrangements are under the care of Brewster Funeral Service, Manchester.
Published in Bennington Banner on Apr. 17, 2004
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