2008-03-05 / Obituaries

Elizabeth Ada (Mosher) Jett

Elizabeth Ada (Mosher) Jett , 97, died the morning of January 23, 2008 at the St. Francis Rehab and Nursing Center, Laconia, NH, where she had resided since a bad fall four years ago.

She was born August 9, 1910, in Cold Spring to Guy W. and Aimee Mosher. She attended the old Haldane School and Peekskill High School and was a member of the Cold Spring Methodist Church. In her early years, she was devoted to swim races on the Hudson River. After a near-fatal car accident caused her to be in a coma for 3 weeks and lose hearing in her left ear, her dreams of making the Olympics ended. Like her father, she attended Cornell University, where, working in the lunchroom to help cover college expenses, she caught the eye of the man who was to later become her husband. She graduated with a degree in home economics and pursued a career as dietitian.

Married to Robert M. Jett in 1933 in Milwaukee, they spent 71 years together until his death in 2005. They lived in Milwaukee, WI and Charlestown, NH before moving to Varney Pt. Rd., Gilford, NH in 1944.

Before her retirement, Betty was employed as a dietician for the Lakes Region General Hospital, St. Francis Home, the Belknap County Nursing Home and Plymouth State University. She served as head of the American Dieticians for the state of NH and was an active member of numerous organizations, including the Belknap County Republican Club, the Gilford Community Church, the Winnipesaukee Yacht Club,and the Gunstock Ski Club.

Her roots go back to several old Philipstown families (Bailey, Croft, Haight, Nelson, Van Tassel) and her branches extend to the 4th generation. She is survived by a son, Bruce Jett of Claremont, NH; a daughter, Carole (Edward) Ness of Anchorage, AK; 4 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild; a brother, George Mosher of Montreal, Canada, and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Robert Jett; a son, George Maxon Jett, who died in infancy; and two sisters, Dorothy Teschmacher of VT, and Muriel Culbert of Cold Spring.

Betty will be remembered by those who knew her as an energetic, adventuresome woman who loved to learn new things. Until her fall she dug her own garden every year. As a young woman, with red hair and blue eyes, and resembling Kathryn Hepburn, she was quite a beauty. Her inner beauty remained thruout her long life. She grew up at 11 Mountain Ave, Cold Spring, but spent a lot of her childhood at her grandparents' home at 174 Main St. Though she'd made a new life in NH, she made many visits over the years to our village.

Memorial services were held on January 25 in the chapel of the St. Francis Home. The family will bury Betty and Bob's ashes this summer in the McCoy Cemetery, Gilford, NH. Donations may be made in her name to the St. Francis Home, 406 Court St., Laconia, NH, 03246, or to the Cold Spring Methodist Church, 216 Main St.

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