Elisabeth B. Burbank

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COLCHESTER - Elisabeth B. "Betty" Burbank, 62, of Colchester, died Friday, Nov. 30, 2012.

Born in Randolph on Dec. 6, 1949, she was the daughter of Franklin and Myrtle (Roberts) Burbank, of Chelsea.

Betty attended Chelsea schools and later graduated from the University of Vermont with a degree in music education. In the 1990s, she attended several theological schools and in 1996 was consecrated as a diaconal minister in the United Methodist Church.

Betty worked as an elementary music teacher in the Essex Junction school system for 35 years. Betty also served as organist at the United Church of Chelsea, organist and choir director at the First Congregational Church of Burlington, and organist and music director at First United Methodist Church of Burlington.

Betty was a member of First United Methodist Church and served as its minister of music from 1979 until 2007. She was blessed with a wonderful church family and the fantastic support of many caring friends.

Betty is survived by her brother Jim and his wife, Elsie, of Chelsea; sister Ginny and her husband, Dick, of Chelsea; brother Bob and his wife, Janie, of Mount Dora, Fla.; brother Kevin and his wife, Pam, of Boscawen, N.H.; special friend Liz Stone, of Colchester; nieces and nephews Judy, Steve, Diane, Bruce, Crystal, Melody and Franklin; and their children Jennifer, Joshua, Ben and Kelsey.

The family wishes to thank all of the medical personnel, and special friends, who have shown so much love and care over the past few years. You are truly gifts from God.

A musical memorial service to celebrate Betty's life will be held at First United Methodist Church of Burlington on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, beginning at 1:30 p.m. with a gospel singalong. The main part of the service will begin at 2 p.m. with a reception following.

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to First United Methodist Church, music fund.

Arrangements are in the care of Corbin and Palmer Funeral Home.
Published in Times Argus on Dec. 7, 2012