ELIZABETH M. SINCERBEAUX HANOVER, NH
Elizabeth M. Sincerbeaux died at Kendal of Hanover on March 9, 2012, six days short of her 99th birthday. She was born on March 15, 1913 in East Orange, New Jersey, the daughter of Charles S. and Marjorie (Cooke) Morley.
She graduated from the Kent Place School in Summit, NJ in 1931, and Briarcliff Junior College in 1933. Subsequently, she attended the University of Pennsylvania and The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and then Yale University where she received the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Sculpture in 1939.
At Yale she met her husband-to-be, Robert A. Sincerbeaux, and they married April 19, 1940. For many years they resided in Short Hills, NJ where they raised their three children, and she was involved in a variety of philanthropic activities. Having visited Woodstock, Vermont annually beginning in 1946, she and Bob moved there full time in 1968.
Betty was an accomplished sculptor, equestrian, tennis player and golfer. In 1979 she won the Women’s Club Championship at the Woodstock Country Club.
In her later years she developed a keen interest in archeology and devoted much of her free time and her skills as a dowser to field research pertaining to pre-Columbian settlers of New England. In this capacity she worked with the New England Antiquities Research Association (NEARA); and, in 2002, received NEARA’s Outstanding Achievement Award. Her research was also cited in several books including America B.C. and America’s Ancient Stone Relics.
Betty loved the natural world and spent hours hunting ferns and flowers and exploring Vermont’s countryside. She became one of the earliest supporters of the Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) and served on its Board of Trustees for 16 years. Her other memberships included the Lakota Club and the Society of Colonial Dames. Betty was predeceased by her husband, Bob, of Woodstock, Vermont and her sister, Phyllis M. Flood, of Toronto, Canada. She is survived by her three children: Richard M. Sincerbeaux, Sr. of Locust Valley, NY; Suzanne S. Brian of Woodstock, VT; and Charles M. Sincerbeaux of Weston, MA; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
Private burial is planned. Arrangements are under the direction of the Cabot Funeral Home in Woodstock, Vermont. Condolences may be sent by visiting cabotfh.com.
Contributions in Betty’s memory may be made to either: the Vermont Institute of Natural Science, 6565 Woodstock Road, Quechee, VT 05059; or the Lucy Mackenzie Humane Society, P.O. Box 702, Brownsville, VT 05037.