Betty Jane McCormick, 85, a former resident of Marlboro, died Monday, October 9, 2023 at the home of her daughter in Princeton, Kentucky, where she has made her home for the last several years.
Mrs. McCormick was born in Marlboro on April 4, 1938, the daughter of Walter D. and Hazel N. (Worden) Radcliffe. She was raised and educated in Marlboro and was a graduate of Brattleboro Union High School with the class of 1956.
She received her nurse training at Franklin County Public Hospital, now Baystate Franklin Medical Center, in Greenfield, Mass. Mrs. McCormick went on to attend St. Joseph’s College in Windham, Maine where she majored in Healthcare Administration, receiving her BSPA certification.
She worked her entire career in healthcare with her first position at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital. She later joined the staff at the Brattleboro Retreat and became Director of Nurses at the Retreat’s former nursing home, Linden Lodge, until 1997. Mrs. McCormick became social services director at Vernon Green Nursing Home, with her last position with Drs. Bookwalter and Gadowski, where she worked on a part-time basis.
Active fraternally, she was a life member and past president of the V.F.W. Auxiliary Carl M. Dessaint Post #1034, was a member of both the American Legion Brattleboro Post #5 Auxiliary and Fraternal Order of Eagles Auxiliary Brattleboro Aerie #2445, and was the past high priestess of Nile Court. Mrs. McCormick was also a member of the Brattleboro Marine Corp. League Auxiliary Detachment #798 where she was a past president.
Following her move to Kentucky, she became a member of the Ogden Memorial United Methodist Church in Princeton. Recently she had been attending Trinity Global Methodist Church. She was also a member of the Princeton American Legion Auxiliary, where she had been President of the unit.
In her leisure time she enjoyed spending time with her friends and family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Her family meant the world to her. She also enjoyed traveling, gardening, boating and dancing. Following the passing of her husband, she became an active volunteer.
On October 13, 1959 in Auburn, NY, she was married to George “Mac” McCormick who predeceased her in 2005.
Survivors include: two daughters, Shelby Fernette of North Kingston, RI and Lori Mansur of Princeton, KY; one brother, Richard Radcliffe of Marlboro; a sister, Barbara Shallow of Richmond, VA; ten grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by one son, James “Jimmy” McCormick and his wife Dawn McCormick and four grandsons: Nathan Head, Brian McCormick, Ryan Smith, and Kyle Smith and his wife Julie Charren.
Graveside committal services will be conducted in Meetinghouse Hill Cemetery, Vermont on Saturday, October 14th at 2:00 p.m. where she will be laid to rest beside her husband. Rev. Ralph Howe, Pastor of First United Methodist Church, will officiate. A reception will follow the services at the V.F.W. in Hinsdale.
A Celebration of Life will be held 3:00pm October 22, 2023 at Goodman Funeral Home with Pastor Karen Franklin officiating.
Memorial contributions in her memory may be made to: Shriner’s Childrens Hospital, 516 Carew Street, Springfield, MA 01104; or Mary Kendall House Campus, 201 Phillip Court, Owensboro, KY 42303.