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Betty Kingsley

1919-2013 BENNINGTON B. Elizabeth Kingsley, 94, a resident of Berkshire Place in Pittsfield, formerly of Wilmington, died peacefully Sunday, November 3, 2013 at Berkshire Medical Center. A native of Wilmington, she was born there on March 24, 1919 to George and Elizabeth (Allen) Kingsley. She attended school in Wilmington before moving with her family to Pittsfield, Mass. where she continued her education. Betty attended UMASS where she took courses in recreation. She became the Director of the Girls League (now Gladys A. Brigham Community Center) where she worked for a few years and directd the summer camp. Upon leaving Pittsfield, she attended William and Mary College, the Richmond Professional Institute and Medical College of Virginia where she became an Occupational Therapist. Upon graduation, she was employed at Byrd Children's Hospital in Richmond, Va. From there she moved to New Jersey where she was Director of Rehabilitation at the Essex Hospital. While in New Jersey, she was active in Church, Professional and Community Activities. She served as President of the N.J. Occupational Therapy Assn., Bloomfield Chapter American Assn. of University Women (AAUW), and the Historical Society of Bloomfield. In addition, she served many years on State Board of the N.J. State Federation of Women's Clubs. Betty was a life member of Order of the Eastern Star Mayflower Chapter 19 of Wilmington. She enjoyed traveling, crafts, volunteering and working on the Kingsley Family Genealogy. Upon relocating to Bennington in 1994, she attended the Second Congregational Church where she was active in may capacities including President of Women's fellowship, Deacon, Snow Ball Bazaar, Antique Show and Church Women United. She volunteered with the RSVP program, she was a member of the Bennington Museum, Historical Society. She volunteered at the Library, Welcome Center and Better Bennington Corp. Betty leaves sisters, Alma May of Los Alametos, Calif. and Bernice Keeler of Pittsfield, Mass.; brother, Richard (Alma) Kingsley of Manchester, Conn.; sisters in law, Helen Kingsley and Phyllis Kingsley both of Richmond, Mass.; nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by brothers, Harold Kingsley in 1989 and George Kingsley. FUNERAL NOTICE: Her nephew, the Reverend George Keeler will conduct funeral services with Order of the Eastern Star services at the COVEY ALLEN & SHEA FUNERAL HOME on Saturday November 9 at 11 a.m., friends may call at the funeral home on Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. Burial will follow in the family lot in the Riverview Cemetery in Wilmington. In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be made to Bennington Rescue Squad, Wilmington Historical Society or Second Congregational Church in care of Covey Allen & Shea Funeral Home, P.O. Box 215, Wilmington, Vt. 05363.



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Published in Bennington Banner on Nov. 6, 2013
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