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Betty-Jim "BJ" (Carpenter) Phelps

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Betty-Jim “BJ” (Carpenter) Phelps, 80, of Woodcock Road, Williamstown and winter resident of Winter Haven, Fla., died Monday, Feb. 9, 2004 in Winter Haven, Fla. Her death followed a brief illness.

She was born in Bennington, Vt. on Sept. 24, 1923, a daughter of the late Carlton and Marjorie “Dar” (Main) Carpenter. She attended schools in Bennington,Vt. and graduated from the former Bennington High School with the class of 1941. She then obtained her nursing degree from the former St. Luke’s Nursing School in Pittsfield in 1944.

While raising four children, she was employed as a maternity nurse at North Adams Regional Hospital for 30 years, then Sweet Brook Nursing Home for two years as a charge nurse.

She then was employed at the former Bennington Hospital as a maternity nurse retiring in 1986.

She spent her winters with her husband in Winter Haven, Fla. and summers were spent in Williamstown. She was a devoted wife and mother who loved spending time with her children and grandchildren.

She loved dancing, reading, playing bridge and bingo, and watching classic movies.

Survivors include her husband of 59 years Norris A. Phelps, whom she married Nov. 15, 1944; four children, Michael Axt of Williamstown, Leslie Phelps of Wallingford, Vt., Fritz Phelps of Bahamas, Peter Phelps of Schenectady, N.Y.; one brother, Carlton Carpenter of Warwick, N.Y.; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by a son, Norris A. Phelps Jr., who died at age 3 in 1950.

Private graveside services for Betty will take in the springtime in the family plot in Southlawn Cemetery, South Williamstown.

The Flynn & Dagnoli-Montagna Home for Funerals, West Chapels, 521 West Main St., North Adams are in charge of arrangements.
Published in Bennington Banner on Feb. 12, 2004
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