• Bethany K. Morse
    October 09,2012

    Bethany K. Morse

    BURLINGTON — Bethany Kellett Morse, 86, formerly of South Burlington, passed away Oct. 7, 2012, at her residence at Starr Farm Nursing Center, after a long illness in the company of her loving family.

    Bethany was born in Waterbury Aug. 26, 1926, the daughter of the late Alderic and Annice (Ring) Kellett. Beth was a 1943 graduate of Waterbury High School and worked for a bank in Waterbury. Beth married Donald Morse on June 11, 1946, at St. Andrew Church in Waterbury. They began raising their family in Duxbury then moved to South Burlington in 1955. She was a devoted wife and mother. She was predeceased by Don, her husband of 60 years.

    She is survived by her seven children and their spouses: Linda and Louis Fraga, of Uxbridge, Mass., Margaret and David Lavalley, of Orange, Texas, James Morse and Marjorie Bekoff, of Weybridge, Michael and Maura Morse, of Jericho, Steven and Melody Morse, of North Berwick, Maine, Charlene and Peter Mongeon, of Colchester, and Mary Beth Morse, of Lisbon, Ohio; 17 grandchildren: Jocelyn Fraga Muller, Carrie Fraga Campbell, Kristen Fraga, Meghan Lavalley Marré, Peter Lavalley, Nicole Morse, Aaron Morse, Nathan Morse, Benjamin Morse, Joseph Morse, William Morse, Luke Morse, Sarah Morse, Joshua Morse, Samuel Morse, Jason Mongeon and Kevin Mongeon; and five great-grandchildren: Hannah, Caitlyn and Jackson Muller, Julia Campbell and Kieran Morse; and her brother Robert Kellett and wife Maydene, of Waterbury Center. Beth was predeceased by five siblings: Kathryn Nichols, Evelyn Truax, Margaret Richardson, Alderic Kellett and Paul Kellett.

    Bethany was always an active woman who enjoyed gardening, swimming and boating in Lake Champlain, skiing and hiking. She worked as an Avon representative and enjoyed chatting with friends and neighbors. She was a lifelong member of Catholic Daughters of the Americas, but most of all, her greatest joy was being a mom and grandmother. She loved to cook, sew and take care of all of her family.

    Visiting hours will be held today from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Ready Funeral Service South Chapel, 261 Shelburne Road, Burlington. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 11 a.m. in St. John Vianney Roman Catholic Church, South Burlington, where Bethany was a faithful member. Interment will follow in Resurrection Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Beth’s memory may be made to Starr Farm Resident Council at 98 Starr Farm Road, Burlington, VT 05408, or to a charity of choice.

    The family wishes to gratefully acknowledge the compassionate and angelic care provided by the staff at Starr Farm Nursing Center. To send online condolences to her family please visit www.readyfuneral.com.

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