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Betty May LaGrange, 87, of South Burlington, Vermont, died on February 8, 2018 at Starr Farm Nursing Center after a long illness. She was born in Schenectady, New York on November 17, 1930, daughter of the late Florence and Harold LaGrange. She went to Nott Terrace High School in Schenectady. Betty received the highest grade in the state of the New York on the Regents exam and was awarded a full four-year scholarship to Cornell University. She came to Burlington where she earned her Master of Science degree in biochemistry from the UVM College of Medicine. Then she earned her PhD in physiology from the Medical College. Her entire career was spent teaching and doing research in the Medical College. She had a number of scientific publications in her field. Betty was a brilliant scientist. Since Betty's retirement she put her heart and energy into volunteer activities including Meals on Wheels, Chittenden County Emergency Food Shelf and spending countless hours helping others whenever she could. Those who knew Betty knew her generosity and compassion. Betty enjoyed classical music since she was a child and was extremely knowledgeable about opera. She enjoyed many trips to the Metropolitan Opera in New York City and to the opera in Montreal. She sang with the South Burlington and Colchester Choruses. Betty was an active Methodist. Betty was an enthusiastic gardener and photographer and artist. In her 50s she learned blacksmithing and was excellent at it. She downhill skied, played golf, and swam at the Edge for many years. Betty was an avid Boston Red Sox fan for over 60 years and also attended all the UVM Men and Women's basketball games. She treasured her series of five English Springer Spaniels who gave her much fun and comfort. Betty is survived by her nephew Jay and his wife Cheryl of New Hartford, Connecticut. They did a great deal for her and she loved them very much. She also leaves her much loved grandnieces, Sarah and Rachael, and her precious great grandniece, Keira. Betty also leaves her loving niece, Laura of Ocala, Florida, and her dear sister-in-law, Patricia, also of Ocala. Betty leaves many, many friends, who will miss her so much. One of these is Cristina Herrlich of Essex Junction, her friend for 66 years. Her almost daily help in Betty's final years was indispensable. Her children Alan and Kathy thought of Betty as their cherished aunt. Two other very special friends, Carol Tandy of Williston and Jeanne Choquette of Vergennes, were very kind and attentive to Betty. Betty was predeceased by her much loved brother William LaGrange in 2007. Plans for a memorial gathering in May are incomplete; details will be announced at a later date. Arrangements are by the Cremation Society of Chittenden County, a division of the Ready Family, Essex Junction. For anyone wishing to do so, contributions in Betty's memory may be made to the Chittenden County Humane Society, 142 Kindness Ct, South Burlington, Vermont.

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