Elizabeth Clara (Graves) Woodmansee, 91, of Waterbury Center died at her home Aug. 29, 2019.
She was born Jan. 31,1928, daughter of Leslie and Gladys (Hart) Graves.
She married Horace S. Woodmansee Jr. Sept. 10, 1946, at her parents’ home in Wolcott.
Elizabeth attended schools in Waterbury Center and 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, and showed that the 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 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 converted her husband Horace, a loyal New York Knicks fan, 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 her family responded, “It was made more precious by having you with us.”
She lives on in the hearts of her five children, Larry Woodmansee and wife Bonnie (Rhubarb) of Sarasota, Fla., Diana Davis and her life partner Dennis Hayden of Barton, Tony Woodmansee and wife Lora of Seattle, Tammy Thompson and husband Mark of Waterbury Center, and Penny Dodson and husband Bill of Colchester; 10 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Charlotte Landry and Jessie Graves; and many nieces and nephews.
Horace, her husband of 60 years, died earlier, as did her parents and siblings Herbert Graves, Irene Davis and Robert Graves.
Elizabeth’s life will be celebrated Sept. 27 at Waterbury Center Community Church, with a service at 11 a.m. followed by a reception provided by the Ladies Aid.
In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated to the Waterbury Historical Society, P.O. Box 708, Waterbury, VT 05676.
Perkins-Parker Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Waterbury is assisting the family. To send online condolences: perkinsparker.com or the funeral home’s Facebook page.