Brattleboro - Elisabeth Valentine Swift, 94, of Brattleboro, VT died peaceably on March 23, 2018. Her friends and family knew her as “Betsy” and “Swiftie”.
She was born in New York City to Dorothea V Abbott Swift and Dr. Walker E Swift. She grew up in Darien, CT and New York City.
Betsy attended The Brearley School, The Putney School, and Radcliffe College.
She was recruited into the Foreign Service in 1947 and worked for the Central Intelligence Agency until 1975. During those years, she lived in Washington DC, Germany, Austria and Turkey. In her last assignment, there were 60 people under her management. She was a woman of competence, humility and some intrigue.
Betsy was a lover of books, nature, music, art, and travel. She had a wonderfully droll sense of humor. She was a spirited, spiritual, thoughtful and progressive woman.
She was also a devoted volunteer. She served with the Brattleboro Music Center, Brattleboro Area Hospice, Marlboro Music Festival, and Windham World Affairs Council, to name only a few. She was a Guardian ad Litum for a number of years. St. Michael’s Episcopal Church was very important to her. As a member for over 30 years, she served in many ways, including the Vestry and the Altar Guild.
Betsy was curious about people of all ages and had an alert intelligence. She was much loved by her family and many old and new friends. She loved them back. Toward the end of her life, her caregivers were superb and greatly appreciated.
Abbott M Swift, her older brother, predeceased her. Dr. Lucy H Swift of Cornwall NY, her younger sister, survives her. Her three nieces include; Dorothea Swift (deceased); Ann S Davenport married to Richard, NH; Deborah S Carter married to John; three great nephews - Caleb Carter, married to Sachiko, Jacob Carter, married to Theresa and Jesse Carter. She delighted in her great great niece, Maya and great great nephews; Sage, Samuel and Simon.
There will be a service to celebrate her life on June 9 at 11:00 AM, followed by a reception, at St Michael’s Episcopal Church, 16 Bradley Ave. Brattleboro, VT.
Donations may be made to: Jerusalem Peace Builders Leadership Institute in Brattleboro VT, St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Brattleboro VT, and/or Vermont Public Radio, Colchester VT
They whom we love and lose are no longer,
where they were before.
They are now wherever we are. St. John