Betty Line Paterson Collins – Shelburne/Montpelier

Betty P. Collins, 90, died peacefully on June 9, 2013, in 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 at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Two years later, she moved to Boston to attend secretarial school. It was there that she met John D. Paterson of East Craftsbury, then a young law student at Boston University. 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. After the war, John and Betty settled in Montpelier, where they raised three daughters. Betty enjoyed her role as mother and homemaker but also derived satisfaction from her work as Girl Scout Commissioner. Later, for 15 years, she was the Business Manager for Associates in Radiology in Montpelier, retiring with John in the early 80s. After their first winter enjoying the Florida sunshine, John died suddenly on May 24, 1985. During one of her winters in Florida, she met James M. Collins. They were married in Montpelier on June 25, 1994. In 2005, Betty and Jim moved to Westview Meadows in Montpelier. Jim passed away on Dec. 17, 2006. 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 staff at Westview Meadows and The Arbors for their loving care and kindness. A memorial service will be held on Friday, June 14, at 11 am at Guare & Sons Funeral Home, 30 School St., Montpelier. There will be no calling hours. Those wishing to use online condolences may do so at In lieu of flowers, contributions in Betty’s memory may be made to The Vermont Food Bank, 33 Parker Rd., Barre, VT 05641.

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