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Elaine G. Nawrath

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MANCHESTER -- Elaine G. Nawrath, 89, of Manchester died on Dec. 7, 2006, after a brief illness.

She was born Olive Elaine Griffith in Manchester on Jan. 29, 1917, the daughter of William A. Griffith and Jennie R. (Stone) Griffith. She was Valedictorian of the Burr and Burton Seminary Class of 1934.

In 1938 she graduated from the University of Vermont with a degree in economics. She was a sister of Alpha Chi Omega. After college she worked at the hospital at Fort Ethan Allen in Colchester, where she met her husband, William C. Nawrath Jr., a National Guardsman from New Jersey who was training there for deployment in World War I. They were married shortly before he left for England. He predeceased her in 1982.

Elaine was a voracious reader and tireless letter writer. She wrote politicians, editors, old friends, family and others she admired. Her letters could contain praise or criticism, in equally strong language. She was an avid amateur photographer and always had a knitting project and the day’s crossword puzzle by her side.

In addition to her work at Fort Ethan Allen, Elaine also worked for the Manchester Welfare and Nursing Association (now Manchester Health Services) where she started the Thrift Shop, for the superintendent of schools, Zion Episcopal Church, Briggs Insurance and Hildene. She worked as a volunteer and board member for many local organizations and wrote and edited the newsletter for Equinox Terrace well into her ‘80s. At Zion Church she served on the Vestry, was senior warden, and was a contributor and co-editor of Jubilate Deo, the bicentennial history of the church.

Elaine is survived by two daughters, Barbara N. Pied, of Skowhegan, Maine and Kelly C. Nawrath, of Manchester, one son, W. Michael Nawrath and his wife Rebecca M. Nawrath, also of Manchester and her brother, Roger M. Griffith, of Essex Junction. She was also survived by her five grandchildren, Nicole P. Tibbetts, Claudine M. Pied, Benjamin M. Nawrath, David A. Pied, and Molly S. Nawrath; and three great-grandchildren, Zebulon C. Tibbets, Eleanor Elaine Tibbetts and Samuel D. Pied.

A Memorial Service will be held at Zion Episcopal Church on Sunday, Dec. 10, 2006, at 2 p.m. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Zion Episcopal Church or the Manchester Rescue Squad, c/o Brewster Funeral Service, PO Box 885, Manchester, VT 05255.
Published in Bennington Banner from Dec. 8 to Dec. 9, 2006
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