Elizabeth M. Harrington BERLIN — Elizabeth M. “Liz” Harrington, of Berlin, Vermont, died at her home, of natural causes, on Oct. 28, 2021. She will be sorely and forever missed by all who knew, and love, her. Born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, on June 11, 1967, Liz was the daughter of Dr. Joseph Harrington and the late Ellen Collins Philie. Liz was raised in Andover, and spent her summers in Bass River on Cape Cod, where she eventually moved year-round, and resided until she moved to Vermont in 1989. Liz was a high achiever, and excelled at everything she put her efforts into. Most importantly, she loved her three sons, who were the pride and joy of her life. She was always there for her boys, and was a dedicated hockey and football mom, a track enthusiast and overall proud parent of her children and their individual accomplishments. Liz attended schools in Andover and then Cape Cod before she went on to Katherine Gibbs School in Boston. After moving to Vermont, she began a long and successful career with the state. She successfully managed positions in the state court system and worked as an assistant to several Vermont Supreme Court Justices. Where she really came into her own, was in her position at the Vermont Secretary of State’s office, where she worked as a lobby systems administrator, and worked behind the scenes to keep the state’s election process running smoothly. She was highly valued in her profession, and had just received another exemplary review of her work, despite the challenges surrounding the pandemic. Liz loved her friends, and was a true animal lover. She adored her Golden Retriever, Lincoln, and her recent addition of a parrot named Papi. She enjoyed endless hours at the dog park with the pets and friends who came together there. Liz had a great sense of style and humor, enjoyed playing the piano, cooking, dressing up for Halloween, and Bass River Beach. She had a strong sense of family, as well as her family history. Liz enjoyed composing poetry, and she was true and kind. Elizabeth leaves her sons, Zachary Richards, of Santa Fe, New Mexico, Matthew Hynes and Rory Hynes, both of Montpelier, Vermont; former husband and good friend, Robert Hynes; her father and stepmother, Joseph and Lynne Harrington, of Andover, Massachusetts; sisters, Ellen Harrington and family, of Frankfurt, Germany, Peggy Rowland and family, of Osterville, Massachusetts, and Heather Harrington and family, of Santa Fe, New Mexico; along with a large extended family of loving relatives. May her kindness and spirit provide inspiration to all. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at Saint Augustine’s Church in Montpelier, Vermont, on Saturday, Nov. 13, at 11 a.m.

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Marlene Betit

To Liz's family, please accept my condolences and prayers at this sorrowful and difficult time. I worked with Liz for several years and had many conversations about her beloved family members, growing up at Cape Cod, and the latest antics of Lincoln. Liz was a character with a good heart, zest for life and strong faith in Christ. I will never forget her smile, or, the tiny little red boots she wore with great panache. I will keep you in my prayers and may Christ's peace and comfort be with you all.

Kathy (Greelish) Patterson

So sorry to hear of Liz’s passing. Too young. So many high school memories of times with her and sister Heather. Prayers for her family!


I am so very sorry to hear of Liz's passing. I will forever remember her brilliant smile and her amazing love and pride for her boys. Sending my condolences to her family at this incredible loss.

Kelly Grey

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