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Elizabeth W. Goldsborough


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Woodstock, Vt. — Elizabeth (Betsy) Goldsborough died Sunday, March 11, 2018, in Woodstock from Alzheimer’s disease. She was 88. Betsy was best known as a prolific artist who painted countless pastel portraits and landscapes in pastel and watercolor. Her amiable spirit was obvious to all who met and knew her.

Betsy was born in Portsmouth, Va. Sept. 1, 1929, the daughter of William Nicklin Watmough, Jr. and Margaret Butt Watmough. She was predeceased by her two sisters. She married Charles Fenner Goldsborough in 1950 – they divorced in 1972. She is survived by her three children, William Goldsborough (Debbie) of Gaylord, Mich., Brice Fenner Goldsborough (Denise) of S. Burlington, Vt., and Jean Goldsborough (Annie) of Reading, Vt. She is also survived by four grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Betsy graduated from The Greenwood School in Ruxton, Md. in 1947. She was a selfless and devoted wife and mother. She worked in medical administration for various physicians in Baltimore, retiring in 1996. As an artist, Betsy was best known for her pastel portraiture. Her paintings were shown in juried local, regional and national exhibitions.

Betsy was a quiet but faithful Episcopalian who served and worshipped at parishes in Maryland and at St. James in Woodstock. She had a strong connection to her land and home in the Caves Valley of Maryland. She loved gardening, cutting grass, feeding the birds and anything outside. She gave generously to causes close to her heart. To know Betsy was a beautiful honor as she emanated humor, optimism, altruism and grace.

A memorial service in Maryland will be scheduled at a later date. Donations may be made to The Maryland Pastel Society, P.O. Box 54, Riderwood, MD 21139 or the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, D.C. 20090. Please note “In Memory of Elizabeth Goldsborough”

Arrangements are under the direction of the Cabot Funeral Home in Woodstock. An on line guest book can be found at cabotfh.com.