WHITE RIVER JCT. —Funeral services were held March 20 at the Knight Funeral Home in White River Jct, for Esther R. (Brown) Beckett, 84, who died March 15, surrounded by family and friends at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.
She was born in Randolph on July 17, 1929, daughter of Wesley J. and Myrtle (Goss) Brown.
She grew up in Quechee and graduated from Hartford High School in 1947. She graduated from the New York Institute of Dietetics in New York City after completing an internship at Danbury Hospital in Danbury, Conn. She remained employed there until 1973 as an Assistant Dietitian except for a few years before the children started school. During this time she was a Nutrition Consultant at the Federal Correctional Institute in Danbury, Conn. In 1974 she became employed at Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital as a Dietary Supervisor for 10 years and as a registered Central Service Technician for nine years, retiring in 1993.
She was married to Frederic W. Beckett in 1950 and continued to live in Connecticut until 1973, when she and her husband returned to White River Jct.
She was fond of reading, doing crossword puzzles, watching wildlife and travel, and enjoyed the trips to Australia and Russia. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in White River and the Thomas Chittenden Chapter of DAR. After the death of her husband she was active in volunteering for fundraising activities, visiting nursing homes, driving friends when needed, and eating lunch at Dana’s in Quechee.
Survivors include a son Thomas of Lebanon, N.H., a daughter Mona of Phoenix, Ariz., a sister Ann Collins of Quechee; and grandsons, Frederic and Robert.
She was predeceased by her parents, brother Charles Brown, and husband Frederic Beckett in 2000 after 49 years of marriage.
In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made to the Upper Valley Humane Society 300 Old Route 10, Enfield, NH 03748or the Hartford Historical Society 1461 Maple St, Hartford, VT 05047.
This obituary first appeared in the March 27, 2014 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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