Beverly A. Duthie, 82

Beverly A. Duthie

FRYEBURG – Beverly Alice Osgood Duthie, 82, of Fryeburg, formerly of Shelburne, Vermont, died of end-stage Alzheimer’s disease on Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017.

Beverly was born on Jan. 21, 1935, at her family’s home on Springmont Farm in Fryeburg. She was the daughter of the late Leona (White) Osgood and Earl Pike Osgood. She was predeceased by her husband of 57 years, Dr. Alexander Harry Duthie; her sister Shirley (Osgood) Kiesman; her brother Clarence (“Bubby”) Osgood and his wife Margie; sister-in-law Margaret (Duthie) Stanley; and a grandson, Alexander Osgood Fox.

Beverly is survived by her six children and spouses, Alexander E. Duthie (Holli), Christa Duthie-Fox (Jim), Cynthia Gage (Rick), Christina Littlefield (Brad), Catherine Duthie (Jotham Oliver), Candice Godfrey (Gregg); 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; her brother James Osgood and his wife Donna of Fryeburg; and her brother-in-law, Lee Stanley, of Abilene, Texas.

Beverly grew up in Fryeburg, graduated from Fryeburg Academy, and completed three years in the Nursing Program at the University of Maine in Orono, including an internship at Maine Medical in Portland. As a child, she loved time with her farm animals and she loved riding her horse. As a student at Fryeburg Academy she excelled at field hockey, basketball, and softball and, in 1952, she was crowned Miss Fryeburg. As a freshman at the University of Maine, she met her future husband, Al, and three years later they married on March 4, 1957. They resided in Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and eventually they settled in Vermont. Together, they raised a son and five daughters in Shelburne, Vermont, a home they would live in until her husband’s retirement as a professor from the University of Vermont in 1989.

Beverly enjoyed taking care of her flower gardens, cooking, roller-skating, and always attending Fryeburg Academy reunions. When Beverly and her husband retired to rural Fryeburg, they lived in the farmhouse she grew up in. Living again in Fryeburg, she loved researching family history at the Fryeburg Historical Society, and through documents and pictures she had, she was the family historian. She loved her German Shepherds and loved spending time with her adult children and many grandchildren. Beverly participated in the Fryeburg Academy Alumni Association and was inducted into the Fryeburg Academy Hall of Fame of Excellence in 2012.

Beverly was loved and cared for by the staff at Merriman House for the last three years, and her family wishes to thank Merriman House for all they did to make her feel at home there in her family’s absence.

A mass has been scheduled for Friday, Jan. 5, at 10 a.m., at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, Fryeburg. Visiting hours will be Thursday, Jan. 4, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Wood Funeral Home, 9 Warren St., Fryeburg.

In loving memory of Beverly and in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 8th Avenue, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001, or to Merriman House, 3073 White Mountain Hwy, Conway, NH 03860.

 

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