Elizabeth C. Woodmansee WATERBURY CENTER — Elizabeth Clara (Graves) Woodmansee, of Waterbury Center, left this beautiful Earth at her home on Aug. 29, 2019. She was born on Jan. 31, 1928, the daughter of Leslie and Gladys (Hart) Graves. She was married to Horace S. Woodmansee Jr. on Sept. 10, 1946, at the home of her parents in Wolcott. She lives on in the hearts of her five children Larry Woodmansee and wife Bonnie (Rhubarb), of Sarasota, Florida, Diana Davis and life partner Dennis Hayden, of Barton, Tony Woodmansee and wife Lora, of Seattle, Washington, Tammy Thompson and husband Mark, of Waterbury Center, Penny Dodson and husband Bill, of Colchester. She leaves 10 very beloved grandchildren, 15 adored great-grandchildren and two treasured great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by two sisters-in-law Charlotte Landry and Jessie Graves; as well as many loved nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Horace, with whom she enjoyed 60 years of marriage. She is now joyously reunited with her husband, parents and siblings Herbert Graves, Irene Davis and Robert Graves. Elizabeth attended schools in Waterbury Center, Waterbury, and graduated Pro Merito from Peoples Academy in Morrisville. She was a member of the glee club and sang at the New England Music Festival. She provided love, care and guidance to her children. She was a loving, supportive wife and homemaker, a kind and humorous soul to all. She would employ Yankee ingenuity and sensibility to daily challenges. Family meant everything to her, and she encouraged everyone to “tell them you love them.” She devoted her life to family both past and present. Genealogy was her lifelong passion. She loved researching and revealing the extensive family tree which she traced back to Caesar’s sister. Elizabeth was very proud that our families were here in New England in the early-1600s. She was a dedicated local historian and a valued resource for many genealogists throughout the country. She endeavored to fill in the missing pieces for many other families. It wasn’t about the names and dates; it was about the stories and lives behind the names. She was so proud that her niece, Trudy Graves, carries on the tradition. She loved her family, as she regarded them her greatest accomplishment. However, she was a devoted Boston Celtics fan, and family knew not to call during their games. She even successfully converted her husband, Horace, a loyal New York Knicks fan, over to the Celtics camp. Together, they shared a love of raising Scottish Terriers with their family. As a true Vermonter, she showed courage, strength and perseverance to live independently in her own home and on her own terms. She did not let the weight of time slow her down and lived all her days remarking with amazement, “it’s a beautiful world,” to which we respond, “it was made more precious by having you with us.” Now that Elizabeth has escaped from her earthly bonds, tribulations and trials, may her memory be an inspiration to all who knew her. Please join us in celebrating Elizabeth’s life on Sept. 27, 2019, at the Waterbury Center Community Church with the service beginning at 11 a.m. followed by a reception provided by the Ladies Aid. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Waterbury Historical Society, P.O. Box 708, Waterbury, VT 05676. Assisting the family is the Perkins-Parker Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Waterbury. To send online condolences, please visit www.perkinsparker.com or the funeral home Facebook page.

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