Betty P. Collins

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MONTPELIER - Betty Line Paterson Collins, 90, died peacefully on June 9, 2013, at The Arbors in Shelburne, where she had resided for the past five months.

Betty was born in Palmer, Mass., on Sept. 17, 1922, the youngest of four daughters of Charles and Betsey (Greenwood) Line.

After graduating from high school, she enrolled in Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, arriving on her 16th birthday. Two years later she began a new adventure by moving to Boston to attend secretarial school. It was there that she met John D. Paterson, of East Craftsbury, Vt., then a young law student at Boston University. After John's graduation and commission into the U.S. Navy, John and Betty were married on Jan. 30, 1943. Soon afterward John began active duty in the Pacific while Betty relocated for the duration of the war to San Francisco. She fell in love with that city and enjoyed several trips back during her later life.

After the war, John and Betty made Vermont their permanent home, settling in Montpelier, where they raised three daughters. Betty enjoyed her role as mother and homemaker but also derived satisfaction from her work outside the home and volunteer work such as Girl Scout commissioner. In the 1960s she was assistant to the dean of women at Vermont Junior College. Later, for 15 years, she was the business manager for Associates in Radiology in Montpelier, retiring with John in the early '80s with the plan of spending winters in North Fort Myers, Fla. After their first winter enjoying the Florida sunshine, John died suddenly on May 24, 1985.

Betty continued to divide her time between Montpelier and North Fort Myers for the next few years. During one of her winters in Florida she had the good fortune to meet James M. Collins, a widower and retired businessman from Chicago. They were married in Montpelier on June 25, 1994. Betty and Jim enjoyed many adventures together, including cruises, world travel and golf with friends. Betty was especially proud of her "hole-in-one." In 2005, Betty and Jim moved to Westview Meadows in Montpelier. Jim passed away on Dec. 17, 2006. For many years Betty enjoyed an active, social life at Westview Meadows. She was also a voracious, lifelong reader.

She is survived by her three daughters, Susan Paterson Prager and partner Marcia Wheeler, of Ripton, Betsey Paterson Lord and husband Andrew Mack, of Burlington, and Joanie Paterson Sabin and husband Jeffrey, of Waterbury; and by her five stepchildren, Christopher Collins and wife Beth, of Alpine, Texas, Christine Collins Pope and husband Michael, of Glencoe, Ill., Susan Collins Matthias and husband Dean, of Springfield, Mo., Jaci Collins and husband Robert Charles Pace, of Austin, Texas, and Meghan Collins, of Belvedere, Ill. She is also survived by her grandchildren Kama Lord, Rebecca Mack, Elizabeth Mack, Ryan Keating, Courtney Keating Pray and Connor Keating; eight step-grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She also leaves many loving and beloved nieces and nephews.

Betty was predeceased by her sisters, Psyche Line Landall Douglas, Barbara Line Johanson and Rose Elaine Line; and by her granddaughter Kelly Line Keating.

The family wishes to thank both the staffs at Westview Meadows and The Arbors for their loving care and kindness to Betty.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, June 14, at 11 a.m. at Guare & Sons Funeral Home, 30 School St., Montpelier. There will be no calling hours.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Betty's memory may be made to the Vermont Foodbank, 33 Parker Road, Barre, Vt. 05641.

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Published in Times Argus on June 11, 2013