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Elizabeth Burns Firth

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LAKE WALES, Fla. -- Mrs. Elizabeth Burns Firth, 93, of Lake Wales, died Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2004, at the Lake Wales Medical Center.

Born in New Britain, Conn. Sept. 25, 1910, she was active as a youth in choral and drama groups. After graduating from Moody’s Secretarial School she pursued her professional career, taking increasingly responsible positions until she rose to become executive secretary to the president of FH McGraw and Company, a leading U.S. engineering and construction company. Following World War II she took on the additional assignment as secretary to the Consortium of Overseas Consultants, responsible for assessing and than undertaking the reconstruction of war-ravaged Europe and Japan.

She married Richard L. “Dick” Firth in 1961, giving up her professional career to become a homemaker. She often said she had finally come home when she moved to Lake Wales 15 years ago from Burr Ridge, Ill. after 17 separate relocations to be with her husband as he traveled to projects in both North and South America.

She was a member of the Catholic Church of the Holy Spirit in Lake Wales and was active in the Council of Catholic Women there. She also was active in the Lake Wales Country Club.

She will leave many good friends; her husband of 52 years; her nieces, Elizabeth B. Griffin, Sheila J. Burns and Ellen B. Forman; her nephew, John M. Burns; and many grand-nieces and nephews, all of whom will miss her greatly.

A Mass of Christian burial was held in Lake Wales on Sept. 13. Interment took place at Bennington Centre Cemetery in Old Bennington on Sept. 15.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Elizabeth B. and Richard L. Firth Civil Engineering Scholarship Fund, c/o Tri-State University, 1 University Avenue, Angola, IN 46703.

Local funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home.
Published in Bennington Banner on Sept. 16, 2004
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