• Betty H. McMahon
    April 29,2014
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    Betty H. McMahon

    POULTNEY — Betty H. McMahon, 75, died on April 26, 2014, at the home she shared with her daughter Bonnie and her grandson, Justin, after a brief illness.

    Betty was born in Poultney on Feb. 9, 1939, the daughter to Lillian Colvin Hughes and Stanley Hughes. Betty was one of four children. Betty is pre-deceased by her husband, William J. McMahon, her parents, her brother David, and her younger sister Charlene.

    Surviving Betty are her sister Jane Briggs of Fair Haven, Vt.; Betty’s children, all of Poultney: daughter Bonnie Lenihan; grandson Justin Lenihan; and son-in law Peter Lenihan; son William J. McMahon Jr. and his wife, Laura; grandson Jacob David McMahon and granddaughter Alexis McMahon; son Michael P. McMahon and his wife, Cindy, and two granddaughters Megan and Alyssa. Betty also had a quasi-grandson, Ryan Mullen. Ryan was very important to Betty. Betty is also survived by her step-daughter Debra Clark and her husband, Tom, of Derry, NH and their four children Erin, Kaitlin, Lori and Tommy Clark as well as six great-grandchildren Colin, Emily, Caleb, Kasey, Khloe and Kamron. She is also survived by many aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.

    Betty was a graduate of Poultney High School Class of 1957. After leaving high school, she and her best friend, Mary Daley, embarked on a journey to the Boston area to work at the Fessenden Boys School with Betty’s Aunt Peg. It was there that Betty met and married her husband, Bill McMahon. After the birth of their first child, the couple returned to Poultney and became lifelong residents here.

    Betty was a long time dedicated employee working at Fair Haven Outlet, the Poultney Dress Shop, Linda Lee Dress Shop, Wilson Photo and the Poultney Cash Market, where Betty retired after 18 years. While working at Poultney Cash, Betty made many wonderful friendships and was always looking forward to running into these folks.

    Upon retirement, Betty connected with cousin Erin Traverse and his wife Patty on a common passion. Betty enjoyed spending many hours with Erin and Patty as they were devoted to tracing and documenting the family lineage. With each new revelation and validated identification of a family member, Betty was just overjoyed. This brought her so much happiness, and then she loved to share with many their new discoveries.

    The family would like to offer special thanks to those who assisted in Betty’s care in her remaining days: Susan Sessock, her beloved hospice nurse; her two health aides, Sandy and Gail; as well as Bonnie Sheldon and, most importantly, her grandson Justin Lenihan, as his loving dedication and countless hours of care allowed Betty to remain at home. Betty and the family were also so appreciative of her frequent visitors Sylvia Pollack, Sandy Davis, Beth Carpenter, Doug Hatch, Patty and Erin Traverse, Shirley Beayon, Paul Bogucki, Shirley and Brownie Brown, Lori Nelson, Deb Clark and all of Betty’s grandchildren and great grandchildren.

    There will be calling hours from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 4, 2014, at the Durfee Funeral Home, 119 North Main Street, Fair Haven. A reception will immediately follow at the Fair Haven American Legion.

    A memorial service and burial will take place at a later date (to be determined) at the family cemetery on Birdseye Mountain in Poultney, VT 05735.

    Arrangements have been entrusted to Durfee Funeral Home.

    Memorial contributions may be made to Rutland Area Visiting Nurse/Hospice Division, C/O Rutland Health Foundation, 433 West Street, Rutland, VT 05701.
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