Barre shows love to Beth Nesbitt on her 100th birthday

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 9 August 2020 at 9:08 am

Photos courtesy of Kelly Dudley

BARRE — The Barre community showed Elizabeth “Beth” Nesbitt lots of love on Saturday, during a celebration for her 100th birthday.

Many people stopped by her house to honk in support of her reaching the milestone birthday (which is actually Aug. 7). It was a steady parade of people throughout the day.

State Assemblyman Steve Hawley and Barre Town Supervisor Sean Pogue present citations and proclamations to Nesbitt in honor of birthday and her many years of community service.

Nesbitt has lived in Barre for 70 years. She married Bob Nesbitt, a three-time Navy Cross recipient from World War II. They had eight children.

During WWII, Nesbitt worked at an ammunitions plant, sighting scopes for aircraft and volunteered with the Red Cross. She was a teacher at Head Start for 35 years, from 1965 until her retirement in 2010 at age 90.

She was active in many ways serving the community. She was an EMT until age 84 and served on the COVA board of directors. She also was on the board at for the visitors center at the Albion Correctional Facility, where she volunteered to teach inmates how to knit.

She also was on the Habitat for Humanity board of directors.

“Elizabeth accomplished all of this while raising her children, returning to college and being an involved parishioner of the Barre Presbyterian Church, serving in numerous capacities,” State Assemblyman Steve Hawley said in presenting her with a citation on Saturday.

Barre Town Supervisor Sean Pogue also presented Nesbitt with a proclamation in honor of her 100th birthday and decades of good works in the community.

Earlier this year Barre also threw a 100th birthday party for Don Ross on May 21.

This group from Head Start joined the celebration. Nesbitt was a Head Start teacher for 35 years.

COVA also stopped by to thank Nesbitt for her service. She was an EMT and served on the COVA board of directors.

Many community members stopped by to congratulate Nesbitt, including this group on horseback. The Nesbitt Farm also turned 100 years old this spring.

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