There will be no public services for Kathryn “Kitty” Pulsifer Eaton, who died peacefully May 10 at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire with her son and daughter by her side.
She was born in Woodstock on Oct. 20, 1921, the daughter of Dr. Walter and Margaret (Eulas) Pulsifer. Kitty attended Woodstock schools and served as president of her class, graduating from Woodstock High School in 1939.
She later graduated from the Elizabeth Ollis Beauty Academy in Worcester, Massachusetts. Her father was a veterinarian and, as a teen, Kitty would often assist him in his practice. This led to a life-long love of animals, especially dogs and cats. She was present in early 1934 when Robert Royce and others discussed locating the first ski tow in the United States at the family farm north of the village with her father. When Dr. Pulsifer would not allow his fences to be taken down, an alternate location at Gilbert’s hill was chosen. Shortly thereafter the family opened Pulsifer’s Ski Hill, later known as Mt. Tom Ski Area, where Kitty worked packing trails.
On May 12, 1942 she was married to Harold E. Eaton.
During World War II, Kitty worked at Pratt and Whitney Aircraft at several locations in Connecticut and as a civilian employee at Barin Naval Auxiliary Air Station in Foley, Alabama. Following her husband’s discharge from the Navy, they returned to Woodstock where they lived the remainder of their lives. Kitty owned and operated Kitty’s Beauty Salon in Woodstock for several years. She worked in various capacities for many years at the Woodstock Inn and later for the Woodstock Resort Corporation and Quechee Lakes Corporation. Upon its creation by the Vermont Judiciary, Kitty served as the first director of the Traffic Ticket Center (now the Vermont Judicial Bureau) in White River Jct. She retired from that position in 1991.
Kitty was a woman of many, and varied, talents. However, her greatest love was her family. She is survived by her children, Hon. Harold E. Eaton, Jr. and his wife, Jane, of Woodstock and Jill E. Boone of Mason, Michigan; her grandson, Matthew Eaton of Woodstock; nieces, nephews, and her beloved dog, Lili.
She was predeceased by her husband of 63 years in 2005; her daughters Bonnie Jill Eaton and Linda Joy Eaton Howe; her parents; two brothers, John and Walter Pulsifer, Jr.; and one sister, Mildred P. Whitney.
The family asks that any donations be made to the Lucy MacKenzie Humane Society.
This obituary first appeared in the May 15, 2014 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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