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BETTY JEANNE MICHAELS - BURLINGTON - Betty Michaels (born Meyers), the little energizer bunny, ran out of batteries and left us early in the morning on June 17, 2014. Her uncooperative 91-year-old heart finally overcame her amazing will to live. She was born in Covington, Ky., on Oct. 29, 1922, where she spent her first five years. Her parents then moved her to Cincinnati, Ohio, with her brother so she could attend school. As a teenager she enjoyed ice skating, piano playing and roller skating, but her favorite activity was always swimming. She graduated from Edgecliff College and the University of Cincinnati with a Master's Degree in French. She then attended Middlebury College and received a Master's in Spanish, in 1945. She turned down a scholarship for her doctorate, as she felt she had attended enough school. Her early jobs included teacher in Miami, Fla., and secretary to the Dean at Xavier University, back in Cincinnati, where she met her husband, Jim. He hung around the Dean's office to flirt with her and went so far as to attend Mass to win her approval. Engaged six weeks later, they married on June 10, 1950. Jim predeceased her, after 60 years of marriage, on Aug. 23, 2010. In their early married years, she followed her husband, the chemistry professor, to New Orleans, LA., for two years, then to Vermont when he was offered a position at St. Michael's College. Together they raised five children, four of whom survive her. She returned to school one more time, to Middlebury, to refresh her Spanish so that she could teach at Mt. Mansfield Union High School for 17 years. She spent her summers either sailing on Lake Champlain or watching her daughters in horseshows. After retirement, she and Jim visited England, and started a long second career helping care for their grandchildren, Philip Demas, Anna Demas Keramaty, Alex, Ian and Eric Corredera, Jeff Case, Laura Michaels Renard, and Jamie Michaels. She also found time to return to her passion for painting. During her eighties, she swam regularly at the Raquets Edge and was thrilled when she received a free membership at age 90. We will remember her for her strong sense of family, her easy going good nature, her sense of humor, her Sunday dinners, and we hope we inherited her classic fashion sense. We know we inherited her love of shopping. Besides her grand- children, she leaves her daughters, Beth Demas and fiance, Bruce Carr, MaryAnne Michaels and husband, Gerry Racette, and Kathleen Michaels and significant other, Don McDermott. She also leaves her favorite son, Bill Michaels and his wife, Kaja. The family offers deepest thanks to the caregivers at Burlington Health and Rehab and to her special caregiver, Donna McGonagle. Visiting hours will be held on Sunday, June 22, 2014, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the LaVigne Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 132 Main St., Winooski, with a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 10 a.m. on Monday, June 23, 2014, at St. Pius Catholic Church in Essex Center. Online condolences may be shared Donations may be made to the Deborah Rawson library in Jericho.

Published in The Burlington Free Press on June 19, 2014
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