TYSON — A memorial service for Elizabeth (Hill) Jarvi who passed away on July 1, 2012 at her home following a brief illness will be held at the Tyson Church on July 6 at 11a.m. The family will meet friends at the church in the hour before the service. A reception will be held following the service. Burial will take place at the Plymouth Cemetery in August.
Betty was born in NYC on August 11, 1925, daughter of Ethel (Hunt) and John Alexander Hill of Westfield NJ.
She attended schools in VT, NJ, Long Island, and graduated from James Madison High School in Brooklyn, NY in 1943. Following her graduation from Bates College in Lewiston ME in 1947 she returned to Tyson where her mother had owned property since 1917, and accepted a position as a social worker with the Children’s Division of the VT Dept. of Social Services.
On September 18, 1948 she married Voitto William (Bill) Jarvi at the Tyson Church.
She continued to work for the Children’s Services until 1951 when she became a full-time mom. She later worked part-time as a social worker at the VOTC in Proctorville and the Homestead in Woodstock.
In 1972, Betty became the first social worker at the new Mt Ascutney Hospital and Health Center in Windsor. She developed the Social Work Dept. there as the facility grew and expanded. After retiring in 1986 she worked briefly as a part-time social worker at Merton’s House in Woodstock.
Always an active community servant, Betty was involved in 4-H work for many years, locally as leader of the Ninevah Brook 4-H Club, as a member and later chairman of the Windsor County Advisory Board, and as trustee and then chairman of the VT 4-H Foundation. She was past president of the Tyson School Club, the Plymouth School Club, and was an originator of the Tyson (now Plymouth) Strawberry Festival, serving as Chairman for 14 years. Other involvement included early work on the Plymouth Land Use Plan and 20 years on the Town Zoning Board of Adjustment, the last 5 years as chairman. She served on the Plymouth School Board for 12 years, on the Board of Listers for 12 years, and as Trustee of Public Funds for 9 years. Betty was a Justice of the Peace and served on the Board of Civil Authority. She also was Town Service Officer and Health Officer. Betty was on the first Board of Directors of the VT-NH Visiting Nurse Association.
More recently Betty has been volunteer curator and an officer of the Plymouth Historical Society and volunteer librarian at the little Tyson Library which is supported by the Tyson Ladies’ Aid, of which she was a past president and member since 1948. She was also on the Board of Directors at the Black River Valley Senior Center, and secretary of Bates College Class of 1947.
Before and after retirement Betty traveled extensively in the United States and abroad. She continued to be an enthusiastic supporter of her family and community.
She leaves her husband Bill; two daughters: Kristen Jarvi and her companion David Montgomery of West Rutland, and Lauren Jarvi and her husband Leonard Gerardi of St. Johnsbury; four grandchildren: Kristen’s sons Tyler Scofield of Columbia SC and Luke McQuillen and his wife Laura of Palm Bay FL; and Lauren’s children Julian Tyson Gerardi of Bozeman MT and Hillary Gerardi of Grenoble France; and one great-granddaughter Jenna Leigh McQuillen. She is predeceased by her parents and her brother- and sister-in-law Elwin and Irene (Jarvi) Phillips of White River Junction and FL.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Tyson Library, c/o Marge Harlow, 867 Rt. 100 North, Ludlow, VT 05149; or the Tyson Church, c/o Margo Marrone, 39 Dublin Rd, Ludlow, VT 05149.
Arrangements are in the care of Aldous Funeral Home in Rutland VT.
This obituary first appeared in the July 2, 2012 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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