Elizabeth Britton Hall
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Elizabeth Britton Hall
  • April 3, 1930 - March 10, 2017
  • Keene, New Hampshire

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Elizabeth (Betty) Jane Britton Hall, age 86, passed away March 10, 2017 in Keene, N.H.

She was born April 3, 1930 in Walpole, N.H. and lived her first eight years in Surry until her father's farm was acquired by eminent domain to form part of Surry Mountain Dam. A family story is that she drove one of the John Deere tractors over the London Road, the shortest route, from Surry to the new farm on the South Village Road in Westmoreland. Betty attended the two-room school in East Westmoreland and then boarded with Dr. Ford's family in Keene while attending High School. She started attending Keene Teacher's College, then married Philip A. Hall and started a family. Through the years, she attended college when time and finances would allow, receiving her B.A. about 1966 and later a Master's in Education. She taught History, Social Studies and English at Thayer High School in Winchester and spent summers at archeology digs until she retired. Betty then went back to school for another Master's Degree this time in Heritage Studies from Plymouth State University, specializing in archeology. Betty continued to work at the Plymouth State University as the manager of the archeology lab, teaching several interns every semester and continued to participate summers in archeological digs in Virginia, New Hampshire, New York and Scotland until last fall when her health started to fail. Betty loved learning and loved to teach what she had learned.

Betty is survived by three sisters, Vivian Wallace-Britton, Rosalie Walker and Bertha Stritch, one daughter and three sons, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

There will be a simple graveside ceremony May 20, 2017 at 2:00 in the East Westmoreland Cemetery. Reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Archeology Lab can be sent payable to "Plymouth State University", "in memory of Betty Hall" in the memo line, to University Advancement, MSC 50, Plymouth State University, 17 High Street, Plymouth, N.H. 03264.