Obituaries

M. Elizabeth Kirby, 80, of Panton

BETH KIRBY

PANTON — It is with saddened hearts the family announces the passing of M. Elizabeth Kirby. Mom/Mimi lost the battle after a brief illness surrounded by her loved ones on June 9, 2024, at the age of 80.

Beth was born during a blizzard, at home in Addison, Vermont, to John and Elaine Forand. She was predeceased by her husband Greg, both parents, her sister Anne and brother Michael. She graduated from Mount Saint Mary’s High School and the University of Vermont.

She worked as a home economics teacher until having her two daughters, Kathy and Deb. She returned to the workforce as an instructor for the Home Builders Institute at Job Corps in Vergennes where she stayed for over twenty years. Then eventually found a perfect fit at Mount Abe High School in the Planning Room until her retirement nearly two decades later. She had little tolerance for nonsense but found extreme empathy for kids who were less fortunate, needing kindness, understanding, support or a little extra guidance. Shortly after retirement she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, her determination kicked cancer to the curb and she remained cancer free for over 9 years.

She loved the home she built with Greg and cared deeply for the upkeep and yard, taking special care of the beautiful gardens. She grew all her vegetables for the year, canning and freezing all summer. She was a wonderful cook. There was always room for more people at the table and plenty of food, another place setting was simply added. She was an amazingly strong and independent person.

She was proud to be part of the Lions Club in Vergennes. Beth will be lovingly remembered by her children, Kathleen Clark, husband Scott, and Deb Di Stefano, husband Pasquale; seven grandchildren who were blessed to call her Mimi: Jarrett, Rachel, Abrianna, Zeke, Mitchell, Alessandro, and Izzy; as well as many dear friends and family.

Calling hours will be at Brown-McClay Funeral Home in Vergennes on Monday, June 17, from 5-7 p.m. A celebration of her life will be at Addison Community Baptist Church at Addison on Tuesday, June 18, at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in her name to the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum Longboat Youth program or the Lions Club of Vergennes.

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