ELIZABETH "BETTY" DUTTON CORLISS - SHELBURNE - Elizabeth "Betty" Dutton Corliss was born in 1914, the daughter of Clark L. and Catherine Smith Corliss. The family lived on a ranch outside Coats, Kansas, where they were importing Jersey dairy cattle from Vermont. In 1930, the family moved to St. Albans. Betty entered Bellows Free Academy (the first year it was opened) for her last two years of high school. After graduation she went to Albany, N.Y., and attended school there. For several years she was affiliated with the Aetna Insurance Company in Albany, and later worked for the New York State Audit and Control, Social Welfare Division, the first employee to be hired in that new division. In 1943, she became the Director of Christian Education in the Union Presbyterian Church in Schenectady, N.Y., and served there until retirement 35 years later. She continued to be involved in denominational and community work there until she moved to Wake Robin in Shelburne in the 2000. In 1979, Betty and her sister, Margaret, built a cottage on Butler Island, north of St. Albans Bay, on land owned by her uncle, Bruce Corliss. The island also contained summer homes of the Bruce Corliss family, which gave Betty the opportunity to get acquainted with them and their families each summer. These visits included many other people who had cottages on the island. Betty leaves a brother, John O. Corliss of Bala Cynwyd, Pa.; eight nieces and nephews and their families; as well as cousins, all part of a close-knit family. A sister, Margaret E. Corliss; and brother, Clark Edward Corliss, predeceased her. A Circle of Remembrance will be held at Wake Robin on Aug. 30, 2014, at 4 p.m. Contributions may be made to the Wake Robin Endowment Fund.
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Published in The Burlington Free Press on July 29, 2014