Obituary: Elizabeth White, 1954-2020 | Obituaries | Seven Days | Vermont's Independent Voice

Please support our work!

Donate  Advertise

Obituary: Elizabeth White, 1954-2020 

Mother, wife and teacher was "the first to volunteer, the first to bake, the first to donate"

Published April 7, 2020 at 4:00 a.m. | Updated September 20, 2021 at 1:55 p.m.

click to enlarge Elizabeth White
  • Elizabeth White

She gave everything her all, and she gave us everything. On Tuesday, March 31, Elizabeth White was unfairly taken from her family after an extended battle against lymphoma and hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH). We are heartbroken.

She was "Mrs. White" to the hundreds of kids at Rick Marcotte Central School, "Grammy" to her six grandchildren, "Gabby" to her many extended family members, and just "Mom" to her three kids who loved her.

My mother was an extraordinary person. The first to volunteer, the first to bake, the first to donate. She never ran out of gifts to share — be it food, care, time or one of her amazing quilts. She delighted in teaching kids and adults alike to sew, hosting summer camps and one-on-one sessions in her basement. Even while she was undergoing treatment, she still churned out quilts to donate and made sure that each of the grandkids had a “big kid” quilt to grow into.

I will miss her stream-of-consciousness emails and texts — completely without punctuation — that would leave me scratching my head about what she meant while turning to her “other” daughter Jennifer for a second opinion.

She leaves behind her husband, Roger, of South Burlington, Vt; daughter Bethani and granddaughter Steele of Kentucky; son Tim and his wife, Kelsey, and their children Rylie, Aubree and Felix in Florida; and son Nick and his wife, Jamie, and their kids Easton and Bailey in Wisconsin.

Mom was the baby — two brothers, George and JW Waddell, along with sisters Anna Monahan and Eileen Curran, remember her. Her parents, AB and Rita Waddell, preceded her in death.

We have her quilts, so we don’t really need flowers, and all of us, except maybe Nick, are full.

Here are a few things you can do to honor Gabby:

- Plant something. Mom loved lilacs and peonies.

- Learn to sew, and then teach someone else.

- Read to a child.

- Use your talent (whatever it is) to make someone else feel special.

- Register to be an organ and tissue donor.

- Donate blood or platelets — be a literal lifesaver. Use the hashtag #SleevesUp4Gabby or pledge your donation here:

- Donate to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in her name; help us end cancer:

We are tentatively planning a celebration of life for her birthday weekend (September 27) when we are hopefully finished social distancing. In the meantime, curl up in the quilt she made you — and stay home!

Sister, 65 years. Wife, 45 years. Mother, 43 years. Grammy, six years. Friend and fighter, always. #FCancer

Got something to say? Send a letter to the editor and we'll publish your feedback in print!


Mark your family’s milestones in the newspaper and online with Seven Days:

births • graduations • weddings • anniversaries • obituaries


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Seven Days moderates comments in order to ensure a civil environment. Please treat the comments section as you would a town meeting, dinner party or classroom discussion. In other words, keep commenting classy! Read our guidelines...

Note: Comments are limited to 300 words.

Latest in Obituaries

Keep up with us Seven Days a week!

Sign up for our fun and informative

All content © 2024 Da Capo Publishing, Inc. 255 So. Champlain St. Ste. 5, Burlington, VT 05401

Advertising Policy  |  Privacy Policy  |  Contact Us  |  About Us  |  Help
Website powered by Foundation