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Elizabeth Greenhoe Obituary

Elizabeth Ann Garfield Greenhoe
Elizabeth Ann Garfield Greenhoe

July 29, 1926 - August 1, 2017
Born in Cambridge, MA
Resided in Dummerston, VT
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Dummerston - Elizabeth Ann Garfield Greenhoe died on August 1, 2017 at her home in Dummerston, Vermont. She was 91 years old.

She was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts on July 29, 1926 to James and Edith Townsend Garfield. She grew up in Cambridge, attending the Shady Hill School and Concord Academy. She attended Vassar College, graduating in 1946. After several years teaching and working in theatre in Boston, she attended the Yale School of Drama, earning an MFA in directing in 1951. While at Yale, she met Joe A. Greenhoe and they married in December of 1952. In 1962 she moved with her family to New Orleans, where she taught public speaking at Dillard University. In 1969, the family moved to Vermont, where Joe taught at Windham College in Putney and Betty taught English at Brattleboro Union High School. In 1980 she earned a Masters from Harvard School of Education in human development.

Betty’s passion was directing plays. She directed numerous productions at BUHS and with the Vermont Theatre Company. She particularly loved directing children’s plays. She staged Gilbert and Sullivan productions for the Brattleboro Music Center and for Main Street Arts in Saxton’s River. In 2004 she directed a revival of her husband Joe’s play, The Equivalent Lands, a drama based on the history of Putney and Dummerston at the time of the American Revolution. Betty was also a dedicated amateur pianist. She was a longtime member of the Dummerston Congregational Church.

She is survived by her daughter, Eliza Greenhoe-Bergh and son-in law- Clifford Bergh, of East Dummerston; her daughter Barbara Greenhoe and son-in-law Peter Cairns of Bellows Falls, her son Samuel Greenhoe and daughter-in-law Elise Bloustein, of Brooklyn, NY; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Her husband, Joe Greenhoe, died in 2014.

A memorial is being planned for mid-September.

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