Elizabeth (Bennet) Burroughs – Williston

Elizabeth “Bets”, “Betsy”, (Bennet) Burroughs, 86, died peacefully at her home early Sunday morning, Nov. 25, 2012, after a 15 year battle with ovarian cancer. A long-time resident of Essex Junction and later Williston, she was born in San Francisco on Oct. 25, 1926, to the late Helen (Victors) and Richard Wilson Bennet. Betsy was a 1944 graduate of John Burroughs School in St. Louis and a 1948 graduate of Vassar College, where she majored in mathematics. She married the late Dr. Ralph Burnaby Burroughs in 1951. They lived in Birmingham, Ala., for 12 years, where their five children were born. The family relocated to Dr. Burroughs’ home town 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 Junction in 1966. While completely engaged as a full time mother to her five children, she worked part-time at the UVM bookstore and then as a substitute teacher. From 1974 to 1989, she taught math at the Laraway School in Johnson, a school for children in challenging family or academic circumstances. She was a long-time member of the First Congregational Church in Essex Junction, serving for years as a deacon. Bets married Thomas D. Sachs, PhD., in 1988. Together, they enjoyed many years of summers in Sandy Cove and winters in Vermont. Dr. Sachs died in 2009. Among her survivors is a daughter Barbara Burroughs (Joel Goldberg) and grandchildren, Eli and Rubin Goldberg, all of Shelburne. She was very proud of them all and her desire to see them grow up helped her through her prolonged illness. 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; or the Church of the Nativity, General Delivery, Sandy Cove, Nova Scotia B0V 1E0.

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