Thu, Nov 7, 2013 07:16 PM
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
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
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
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