Beth I. “Betty” Larkin

South Royalton, Vt. — Beth I. “Betty” Larkin, 88, died Saturday, March 22, 2014, at her home in South Royalton.

She was born May 27, 1925 in Newark, N.J. the daughter of Robert W. and Hazel (Washer) Sayre. Betty attended school in Sharon, Vt. and later went to South Royalton High School where she graduated in 1944. After high school, she worked at the Aher’s Store in Hartford, Vt.; Brookside Nursing Home in White River Jct., and for the U.S. Postal Service in South Royalton.

In 1973, she married Edgar Pierce. They made their home and lived all their married life in East Thetford, Vt. After Edgar’s death in 1992, Betty moved to Sharon and later moved to South Royalton. In 1999, she married Edwin Larkin. Mr. Larkin died in 2002.

Betty enjoyed and supported many area children. She liked watching their sporting events, concerts and play productions. She enjoyed going out to dinner and dancing; band concerts and visiting with her family and friends. She was a generous person and donated a large sum of money to the South Royalton Athletic Fund in memory of her sister, Shirley and her brother-in-law, Fran DeCoste. Her greatest love was spending time with children of all ages and was a surrogate Grandmother or Aunt to many.

She is survived by her step-children, Rebecca Pierce Carbee and her husband, David Carbee, Ernest Pierce and his wife, Anita Pierce, Linda Larkin Morris, Edwin Larkin, Jr., Stephen Larkin, Daniel Larkin, Milton Larkin and Cynthia Larkin Howarth and her husband, Robert Howarth; several step-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her husbands, Edgar Pierce and Edwin Larkin; her parents, Robert and Hazel Sayre; her close aunt and uncle, Corydon and Beth Cheney; her sisters, Bobbi Sayre, Renie Drown and Shirley DeCoste.

There will be no public calling hours. A graveside funeral service will be held later this spring in the Pine Hill Cemetery in Sharon, Vt. A special, “Thank You” to all of Betty’s caregivers that enabled her to stay in her own home. Memorial contributions may be made to: South Royalton Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 204, South Royalton, VT 05068.

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Arrangements are under the direction of the Boardway & Cilley Funeral Home in Chelsea, VT.