Betsy Taylor Foster

White River Jct., Vt. — Betsy Taylor Foster, 89, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, in White River Jct. Born June 24, 1923, to Efford and Dorothy Taylor of Vershire, Vt., she was a proud 11th generation descendent of the Mayflower Pilgrim spiritual leader, Elder William Brewster. She attended high school in South Royalton, Vt., and was a successful fashion model while living in the Boston area in the early 1940’s. She competed in and won numerous beauty contest titles throughout the New England area, including “Miss New England”, and was chosen as “Miss Photogenic” by the Boston Press Association. In September, 1941, she was featured in Life magazine as the “Miss Massachusetts” entry in the 1941 Miss America pageant held in Atlantic City.

Following her modeling career, she settled down with her husband, S. Donald Foster, to raise a family of five children in Tunbridge and North Thetford, Vt., and in other locations in Massachusetts. She was employed by the Federal Government with U. S. Army Intelligence in the Pentagon and later with the Federal Aviation Administration in Chicago, Ill. She retired from Federal service in 1990 and lived in Virginia and Massachusetts prior to moving to the Valley Terrace community in White River Junction, Vt., in 2008.

Betsy is survived by her sister, Nancy Taylor of Alexandria, Va.; and her children, Susan Sullivan of Marshfield, Mass., Gene Foster of Jupiter, Fla., Judith Foster of South Riding, Va., Donald Foster, M.D. of Sherborn, Mass., and David Foster of Chugiak, Alaska. She also has seven grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. Her extended family includes many nieces and nephews including the Farnham family of Tunbridge and Chelsea, Vermont. She was predeceased by three sisters, Ruth Taylor Farnham of Tunbridge, Eleanor Taylor Hicks of Woodbridge, Va. and Marian Taylor Parker of St. Croix, USVI.

Final arrangements are by Boardway & Cilley Funeral Home in Tunbridge. A graveside memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 22, 2013, at 1 p.m. at the Taylor family plot in the Strafford, Vt. cemetery.

In memory of Betsy, donations may be made in support of our troops to the USO (United Service Organizations, Inc.) at