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Elizabeth Whittaker Obituary

Elizabeth S. Whittaker
Elizabeth S. Whittaker

February 26, 1923 - May 6, 2018
Born in Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts
Resided in Brattleboro, Vermont
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Brattleboro - Elizabeth (Betty) Stevenson Whittaker died Sunday morning, May 6, 2018 at Pine Heights Nursing Home in Brattleboro, Vermont. She was born on Feb. 26, 1923 to Dorothy Crosby Root and Arthur Lawrence Stevenson in Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts. Prior to moving to Vermont she lived in Falmouth, Massachusetts.

Betty attended Walnut Hill School in Natick, Massachusetts and Garland Junior College in Boston, Massachusetts. In 1942 she graduated from Pierce Secretarial School also in Boston. Before her marriage she was employed as a legal secretary in Boston.

In 1948 Betty married Philip Newbold Whittaker of Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania. They lived in Montpelier, Vermont for one year before moving to Tarrytown, N.Y. where they lived for 10 years. After a brief time in New Canaan, Ct. they moved to Potomac, Maryland where they raised four children. Betty was active in many church, civic, and volunteer organizations including the Junior League of Tarrytown, New York; Planned Parenthood Clinic in Rockville, Maryland; Emergency room, Norwalk Hospital, Norwalk, Connecticut. In Potomac she was instrumental in starting the first Head Start Program in Montgomery County, Maryland. She was very active in the St. Francis Church serving in various capacities including pastoral assistant and co-chair of the Outreach Committee. Betty and her husband enjoyed traveling, skiing, and sailing.
Elizabeth and Phil retired to Falmouth, Massachusetts in 1989 where they were active members of Saint Barnabas Episcopal Church.

Elizabeth is survived by her children, Elizabeth Whittaker of Dummerston, Vermont (husband, Claude Gouin), Philip Whittaker of Germantown, Maryland (wife, Debra), Stephen Whittaker of Keedysville, Maryland (wife, Judith), and Nancy Whittaker (husband, Michael Dickter) of Kirkland, Washington; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother, Arthur Stevenson of Peterborough, NH and her sister, Nancy Jones of Falmouth, MA. Her husband, Philip, died in 2006.

A memorial service will be conducted at a later date in Falmouth, Massachusetts. In lieu of flowers donations in Betty’s memory may be made to the American Red Cross.

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