Esther R. (Brown) Beckett

White River Jct., Vt. — Esther R. (Brown) Beckett, 84, of White River Jct., died Saturday, March 15, 2014, surrounded by family and friends at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

She was born in Randolph, Vt. on July 17, 1929, daughter of Wesley J. and Myrtle (Goss) Brown. She grew up in Quechee, Vt. and graduated from Hartford High School in 1947. She graduated from the New York Institute of Dietetics in New York City after completing an internship at Danbury Hospital, in Danbury, Conn. She remained employed there until 1973 as an Assistant Dietitian except for a few years before the children started school. During this time she was a Nutrition Consultant at the Federal Correctional Institute in Danbury. In 1974, she became employed at Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital as a Dietary Supervisor for 10 years and as a registered Central Service Technician for nine years, retiring in 1993. She was married to Frederic W. Beckett in 1950 and continued to live in Conn. until 1973, when she and her husband returned to White River Jct.

She was fond of reading, doing crossword puzzles, watching wildlife and travel, and enjoyed the trips to Australia and Russia. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in White River and the Thomas Chittenden Chapter of DAR. After the death of her husband she was active in volunteering for fund raising activities, visiting nursing homes, driving friends when needed, and eating lunch at Dana’s in Quechee, Vt.

She was predeceased by her parents, brother Charles Brown, and husband Frederic Beckett in 2000 after 49 years of marriage.

Survivors include a son, Thomas of Lebanon, N.H.; a daughter, Mona of Phoenix, Ariz.; a sister, Ann Collins of Quechee, Vt.; and grandsons, Frederic and Robert.

Calling hours will be on Thursday, March 20, 2014 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. with funeral service immediately following at Knight Funeral Home, 903 Hartford Ave. White River Jct.

Condolences may be expressed to Esther’s family in an online guestbook at

In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made to the Upper Valley Humane Society, 300 Old Route 10, Enfield, NH 03748 or the Hartford Historical Society, 1461 Maple St, Hartford, VT 05047.