Elizabeth M. (Betty) Stanton, 90, of Hamilton, died peacefully at
home surrounded by family on August 5, 2012 after a brief illness.
Born in Worcester and raised in Newton she was the daughter of the
late Dr. Noel and Olga Monroe of Newton and Barnstable. Betty saw
life as an adventure and embraced it with enthusiasm, grace, and an
indomitable spirit. As a child she learned a love of the outdoors by
hiking, camping, fishing, and riding horses. Later in life, as a
single mother, Betty raised her four children Cynthia, Jonathan,
Rick, and Allison Mitchell in Barnstable while earning her teaching
certificate at Bridgewater State and teaching at the Riverview
School in Sandwich.
She was an avid gardener, enjoyed sailing, and was active at the
Barnstable Yacht Club. Remarried to the late Henry (Harry) B.
Stanton of Cambridge, Betty added to her family Brooksie Stanton now
of Barnet, VT and Elizabeth Stanton of Bellingham, WA. They moved to
Ipswich, where she was active in the League of Women Voters. Later
in life she and her husband moved to Montgomery, VT where she
summered as a child and had deep family roots to start Bradford
Books. While helping found the Montgomery Historical Society she
worked as a Bradford Books editor and helped grow the company into a
nationally recognized publisher on cognitive science. When Bradford
Books was acquired by M.I.T. Press she returned to Ipswich, became a
Trustee of the Ipswich Library and was instrumental in raising funds
for its renovation. She retired from M.I.T Press at age 75, moved to
Hamilton to be closer to her son Rick and his wife Carin Kale, and
enjoyed spending time with Cynthia and her partner Arthur Wood and
Allison and her husband Jeff Miller. Always active outdoors well
into her 80s she enjoyed white water rafting, hiking in Colorado,
and raising funds for renovation of the Schooner Adventure in
Interested in local government and education she was elected as
Trustee of the Hamilton-Wenham library and at 83 ran for school
committee and participated in local government issues. She led an
active, challenging life and met it with good cheer and optimism
that serves as guiding light to those who were fortunate to know
her. A memorial service will be held Sat. Aug. 18, 11 am at The
Meeting House-First Church, 12 Meeting House Green, Ipswich, MA.
Donations in her memory may be made to the Schooner Adventure P.O.
Box 1336 Gloucester, MA 01931.