Elizabeth Bennet Burroughs

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Elizabeth Bennet Burroughs, 86, died peacefully at home on Nov. 25, 2012, after a 15-year battle with ovarian cancer.

A long-time resident of Essex Junction, Vt., she was born in San Francisco on Oct. 25, 1926, to Helen (Victors) and Richard Wilson Bennet. She grew up in Short Hills, N.J., and St. Louis, Mo., spending summers with her grandparents and aunts in Brookhaven, Long Island, and later at Camp Arcadie in Sandy Cove, Nova Scotia.

Betsy was a 1948 graduate of Vassar College. She married the late Dr. Ralph Burroughs in 1951. They lived in Birmingham, Ala., for 12 years, where their five children were born. The family relocated to Dr. Burroughs' hometown of Swift Current, Saskatchewan, in 1964. In 1965, Betsy and her children stayed in Digby, Nova Scotia, with devoted friends from Camp Arcadie, the late Mrs. Helen Anthony and the late Miss Marjorie McCormick, before moving to Essex Jct. in 1966. In addition to being a full-time mother to her five children, she worked part time as a substitute teacher and served as a Girl Scout leader. Later, she taught math at the Laraway School in Johnson, Vt., where her duties included canoeing, winter camping, and backpacking. She was an accomplished knitter, an avid bridge player, and a dedicated rug hooker. She was a member of the First Congregational Church in Essex Jct., serving for years as a deacon.

Bets married Thomas D. Sachs, Ph.D., in 1988. Together, they enjoyed summers in Sandy Cove and winters in Vermont. Dr. Sachs died in 2009.

Elizabeth is survived by her five children, Anne Giordani, Ph.D. (Bruno) of Ann Arbor, Mich., Susan Burroughs, M.D. (Thomas Soltis) of Simsbury, Margaret Burroughs, M.D. of New York City, Barbara Burroughs, DVM (Joel Goldberg) of Shelburne, Vt., and Harold Burroughs, Esq. (Ann) of St. Louis; and eleven grandchildren, Helen and James Giordani, Jennifer and Heather Soltis, Joseph and Benjamin Wlody, Eli and Rubin Goldberg, and Charles, Timothy, and Molly Burroughs. She was very proud of them all and her desire to see them grow up helped her through her prolonged illness. Betsy is also survived by a brother, several cousins, nieces, nephews, and her devoted pets, Jodi and Croney.

A memorial service will be held on Nov. 28 at the First Congregational Church in Essex Jct. Interment will be in Sandy Cove during the summer of 2013.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Cancer Patient Support Program of Vermont, P.O. Box 64700, Burlington, VT 05406, the Church of the Nativity, General Delivery, Sandy Cove, Nova Scotia B0V 1E0, or the Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance


Published in Journal Inquirer from Nov. 28 to Dec. 2, 2012