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Mabel Fritts Bovey

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Mabel Fritts Bovey 1919 - 2009 MANCHESTER, VT Mabel Fritts Bovey nee Robertson died March 3, 2009, at Equinox Terrace, surrounded by her loving family. Mabel was born in Renfrew, Scotland, on March 30, 1919, daughter of Thomas Robertson and Margaret Irving Robertson. In 1921, the family moved to the United States where they settled in New Jersey. Mabel grew up in Cranford, N.J., and graduated from the Cranford, N.J., public schools. Following graduation from high school she began her career in New York City as an executive secretary. Her childhood was highlighted by travels back to her native Scotland and road trips throughout New England--Mabel did the driving as the only family member with a driver's license. It was on those trips that she fell in love with Vermont often saying: "Vermont reminds me of Scotland but with trees not heather on the hills." In 1962, she left the flat land and moved the family to Vermont. Mabel's loves were her family including her four-legged children, antiques and Early American homes. She was noted for seeing the possibilities in an old house needing a helping hand and creating a masterpiece. She had a keen and discerning eye for interior design sought by many during her years at the Carriage Trade in Manchester. Her greatest joy was having her family close and spending time with her grandsons. In addition to her family Mabel enjoyed knitting, crocheting and accumulated many samplers which she embroidered. Her crossword puzzle prowess was legendary. She was a member of the First Congregational Church in Manchester. She was predeceased by her parents, her sister Margaret Robertson and her brothers James, William and Thomas Robertson. Her husband Richard Bovey whom she married in 1982 died in 2001. She leaves her daughter Kathleen Van Benschoten, and husband, Robert, of Arlington, Vt., and her son, William D. Fritts, Jr., of Manchester. She also leaves seven grandsons; William D. Fritts, III, of Manchester, James Robertson Fritts, Robertson Charles Hawk Fritts and Thomas Bruce Robertson Fritts all of Saint Paul, Minnesota, Robert A. Van Benschoten, Thomas M. Van Benschoten and William C. Van Benschoten all of Cranford, N.J., and three great-grandchildren; Katherine, Kristin and Ryan Van Benschoten. She was always very caring and generous to her family. Her humor, wit and wisdom will be greatly missed by her family and friends. FUNERAL NOTICE: A memorial celebration of her life will be held at the convenience of the family. She will be laid to rest with her sister and parents in the family plot at Fairview Cemetery, Westfield, N.J. Mabel loved all God's creatures great and small. Friends wishing to do so may make contributions in her memory to the Second Chance Animal Shelter, Shaftsbury, Vt. Arrangements have been entrusted to Brewster Funeral Service in Manchester.
Published in Bennington Banner from Mar. 5 to Mar. 6, 2009
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