Elizabeth (Betty) M. Stanton, 90, of Hamilton died peacefully at home surrounded by family on August 5 after a brief illness. Born in Worcester and raised in Newton she was the daughter of the late Dr. Noel and Olga Monroe of Newton and Barnstable. Betty saw life as an adventure and embraced it with enthusiasm, grace, and an indomitable spirit. As a child she learned a love of the outdoors by hiking, camping, fishing, and riding horses. Later in life, as a single mother, Betty raised her four children Cynthia, Jonathan, Rick, and Allison Mitchell in Barnstable while earning her teaching certificate at Bridgewater State and teaching at the Riverview School in Sandwich. She was an avid gardener, enjoyed sailing, and was active at the Barnstable Yacht Club. Remarried to the late Henry (Harry) B. Stanton of Cambridge, Betty added to her family Brooksie Stanton now of Barnet, VT and Elizabeth Stanton of Bellingham, WA. They moved to Ipswich, where she was active in the League of Women Voters. Later in life she and her husband moved to Montgomery, VT where she summered as a child and had deep family roots to start Bradford Books. While helping found the Montgomery Historical Society she worked as a Bradford Books editor and helped grow the company into a nationally recognized publisher on cognitive science. When Bradford Books was acquired by M.I.T. Press she returned to Ipswich, became a Trustee of the Ipswich Library and was instrumental in raising funds for its renovation. She retired from M.I.T Press at age 75, moved to Hamilton to be closer to her son Rick and his wife Carin Kale, and enjoyed spending time with Cynthia and her partner Arthur Wood and Allison and her husband Jeff Miller. Always active outdoors well into her 80s she enjoyed white water rafting, hiking in Colorado, and raising funds for renovation of the Schooner Adventure in Gloucester. Interested in local government and education she was elected as Trustee of the Hamilton-Wenham library and at 83 ran for school committee and participated in local government issues. She led an active, challenging life and met it with good cheer and optimism that serves as guiding light to those who were fortunate to know her. A memorial service will be held Sat. Aug. 18, 11 am at The Meeting House-First Church, 12 Meeting House Green, Ipswich, MA. Donations in her memory may be made to the Schooner Adventure P.O. Box 1336 Gloucester, MA 01931.
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Published in The Hamilton Chronicle from Aug. 10 to Aug. 17, 2012