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Elizabeth Muskat

1934 - 2015 PUTNEY, VT Elizabeth Muskat passed away at her home on October 21, 2015. Daughter of Robert Gardner and Julie Sachs Rosegrant, she was pre-deceased last month by her husband of more than 60 years, Michael Spencer Muskat, son of Frances Spencer Abbe and stepson of Charles Howson Abbe. Surviving are their three sons, Peter Muskat and his wife, Debra, David Muskat and his wife, Mary, and Robert Muskat and his wife, Reolina, and six grandchildren: Julie Marie, Caitlyn, Rebecca, Keenan, Kelly, and Kyle. Elizabeth graduated from Putney School in 1952, and Smith College in 1956. Elizabeth and Michael were married in the Congregational Church in Putney. Their hearts never left Putney. Elizabeth received an M.A. in American History and Archival Administration from Wright State University, and worked at the Dayton Art Institute, the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth, and the Alabama Department of Archives and History. She is the co-author of 'The Way It Was, 1850 1930', and a number of articles on the history of the black militia in the United States. Elizabeth accomplished this while managing 25 different moves across the United States, Germany and Korea as the United States Air Force transferred her fighter pilot husband to new duties. A series of favorite family photographs over the years depict Elizabeth surrounded by her husband and three sons. It was clear who was in charge. Elizabeth will be remembered for providing the foundation of family strength, support and continuity that is sustained through her sons and their family's constantly changing lives. On their retirement from the Air Force, Elizabeth and Michael returned to Putney to expand the home that will stay with the family for future generations to enjoy. Always active, Elizabeth served as the Chair of the Putney Central School Board, and was instrumental in accomplishing a significant school expansion to meet the needs of Putney students. She served on numerous town committees, and was an active community volunteer. In 1999, the town awarded her 'Citizen of the Year'. Elizabeth built stone walls, took great pride in her neat woodpiles, ran the 26 mile long Vermont Marathon twice as she approached 70 years of age and with Michael traveled and hiked the world. She lived life full. She would want to thank you for your role in hers. While the celebration of Elizabeth's life will be private, a gift to the in her honor would be sincerely appreciated.
Published in Brattleboro Reformer on Oct. 24, 2015
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