Elizabeth Clara “Libby” Dodge
Tunbridge, Vt. — Elizabeth Clara “Libby” Dodge, 100, died on March 28, 2013 at her home in Tunbridge.
She was born Sept. 26, 1912, in South Strafford, Vt., the daughter of Jacob Nicholas and Minna Clara (Sickert) Josler. She attended grammar school in South Strafford and stayed with the Haupt family in Randolph, Vt., while attending high school for two years. She missed her family and came home to help work at their “Crystal Spring Farm,” a summer vacation farm resort, before eco-tourism was ever invented.
Libby met Edgar Curtis Dodge at a dance at the Barrett Hall in South Strafford, Vt. and two years later on April 4, 1936, they were married in South Royalton, Vt. Her husband of 61 years died in 1997.
Libby and Edgar worked side by side on their Ayrshire dairy farm in Tunbridge, maple sugaring in the Spring, supplying the Hanover Inn for many years with their liquid gold. She made her own bread and rolls every Wednesday until late in life. She often mentioned how they never bought a loaf of bread during their farming years. She made most of her own clothes and was a talented cook and gardener. Libby won many awards at the “Tunbridge Fair” for her plants, candy and other homemade items.
Even into her 100th year, she was independent and self-sufficient, tending her own vegetable garden, her many flowers and enjoyed watching things grow. Her favorite garden plants were her tomatoes and winter squash.
Libby and Edgar traveled extensively throughout the United States and to Switzerland, Germany, France, England and one of their favorite places, New Zealand, in their retirement years. She loved, as she called them, the “big” mountains in Switzerland and thought New Zealand was a beautiful country, but took an awful long time to get there! She also loved the bright lights of Las Vegas.
She enjoyed attending Dartmouth hockey games, South Royalton band concerts, hosting rehearsals for the Tunbridge Minstrel Shows, bike riding, cross country skiing and doing anything that involved being outside. Libby was a long-time member and Past Worthy Matron of the Vermont Order of the Eastern Star Forest Unity #82 of Sharon, Vt.
Libby is survived by many nieces, nephews and friends who will miss her dearly. She was predeceased by her husband, Edgar C. Dodge; two brothers, Nicholas Jacob Josler and Jacob Nicholas Josler; two sisters, Edith Gertrude Josler Day and Mary Josler Odell and a niece, Edith Day.
There are no public calling hours. A funeral service will be held on Libby and Edgar’s 77th wedding anniversary, Thursday, April 4, 2013, at 2 p.m. at the Tunbridge Congregational Church in Tunbridge with Rev. Gordon Mitchinson officiating. A private burial will be held later at the Spring Road Cemetery in Tunbridge.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her memory to the Tunbridge Fair Floral Hall Memorial Fund, c/o Susan Barnaby, Supt., 112 Spring Road, Tunbridge, VT 05077.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Boardway & Cilley Funeral Home in Chelsea, Vt. Messages of sympathy for the family can be shared at www.boardwayandcilley.com.