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Obituary: Betty A. Little, age 85


Betty A. Little died Oct. 21, 2013, in Rutland. Throughout her life, Betty had a non-stop passion for encouraging, supporting, organizing, and involving people. She cared about people and she cared about writing.
The daughter of Joseph H. "Mac" McMullen and Frances Drewry McMullen, she grew up in Short Hills, NJ, and graduated from Kent Place School in Summit. She graduated from Oberlin College and received an M.A. from Columbia University and a Ph. D. from Walden University. She was an Economist and Investment Analyst with Smith Barney and Marine Midland Trust Co. in New York City and Colorado National Bank in Denver. She taught economics and finance in the 1960s at Fairleigh Dickinson University, Madison, NJ.
In 1970, she became an avid environmentalist dedicating herself fully to improving conditions in New Jersey. She was a founder of the Passaic River Coalition and professional consultant to the State of New Jersey on the National Estuary Program.
Betty and John, her husband, lived in Basking Ridge, NJ, from 1965-1996, raising two children. They retired to Killington where Betty Little continued her fight for the environment with efforts to increase and protect the wilderness in the Green Mountain State. She later turned her focus to writing, publishing both poetry and memoirs. At the time of her death, three books were in process.
Little was also the Chairman of the Activities Committee at the Gables, active with KAG, PSOV and a regular columnist for the Mountain Times newspaper.
Betty also enjoyed downhill skiing until she was 82; other interests included hiking, family camping, photography and traveling.
Memorial donations may be made to one of the following organizations, all of which Betty held close to her heart: The Gables Activity Fund, 1 Gables Place, Rutland, VT 05701;  Killington Arts Guild, 2363 Route 4, Killington, VT 05751; Poetry Society of Vermont,  P.O. Box 1215, Waitsfield, VT 05673; Vermont Natural Resources Council, 9 Bailey Avenue, Montpelier, VT  05602.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Dec. 7 at 1 p.m. at the Sherburne United Church of Christ, 4173 Route 4, Killington. Reception will follow at the Sherburne Memorial Library, 2998 River Road, Killington.