CHESTER, Vt. – Elizabeth H. “Betty” Hunsdon, 96, passed away Thursday morning, April 11, 2019 at her home in Chester, Vt. She was born Feb. 18, 1923 in Lyndon, Vt., the daughter of Walter A. and Helen (Celley) Hodgdon. Her family moved to Springfield when Betty was a young girl. She attended Springfield schools and graduated from Springfield High School class of 1941.
Betty joined the Women’s Army Corps in September 1943. She completed her basic training in Georgia and spent sometime in Florida as a telephone operator in the U.S. Signal Corps. In January 1945, she shipped overseas to Naples, Italy, and later went to Cairo, Egypt where she was a teletype operator until October 1945. Betty had a technician’s rating when she left the service.
She worked as a telephone operator for Vermont Telephone and was later employed at the Fellows Gear Shaper Co. for 10 years. Betty married Vernon A. Hunsdon Dec. 5, 1959. They owned and operated a dairy farm in Perkinsville, Vt. for more than 15 years. In 1979, Betty was the first woman to join the Robert L. Johnson Post 771 Veterans of Foreign Wars in Springfield. She became the first woman commander, serving from 1993 to 1994. Betty was also a member of the American Legion Post 67 in Chester, Vt.
She enjoyed life on the farm, spending time with her collie dogs, and attending cattle auctions with her husband. Betty love the outdoors, tending her garden, picking berries, watching birds and wildlife around her yard, reading, and doing jigsaw puzzles.
Survivors include three sons Gregory Chase (Kathleen), Gary Chase (Denise) of Rockingham, Vt., and Charles Chase (Addie) of Athens, Vt.; stepdaughter Sherry Bingham (Francis) of Perkinsville, Vt.; stepson Thomas Hunsdon of Boston; and 12 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews, including close neighbors Steven and Karla Hunsdon who helped make it possible for Betty to remain in her home for as long as she could.
Betty was predeceased by her parents, her husband in 2005, a sister Virginia Bessette, and two brothers Robert Hodgdon and Donald Hodgdon.
A graveside service with full military honors will be held at the Pleasant View Cemetery in Chester, Vt. at a later date and announced at that time.
Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 215 North Main Street, White River Junction, VT 05009 or to the Chester Ambulance Service, 144 Town Garage Rd., Chester, VT 05143.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Davis Memorial Chapel.