Beth S. Littleton, age 92, passed August 20, 2020 in Westminster, CO. She was born June 22, 1928 in Mt. Holly NJ, the third child of Leonard R. and Ruth T. Smith. She attended Mt. Holly schools and graduated from Glassboro Teacher’s College (now Rowan University) in 1950 with a degree in elementary education.
She met her husband, Harry W. Littleton, when she joined the local ski club, “The Jersey Skeeters.” They enjoyed many ski trips throughout New England and Canada together and married on December 4, 1954 in Mt. Holly. In 1962 they moved with their two young daughters to Londonderry, Vermont where they built, owned and operated the Blue Gentian Lodge at the foot of Magic Mountain Ski Area for ten years. Beth quickly learned how to provide distinctive meals for their guests. Later the family built their dream home together on Under the Mountain Road in South Londonderry. Beth spent many happy years establishing her organic gardens, antiquing, cross country skiing, serving as a Girl Scout leader and volunteering at the Weston Priory. She kept her culinary skills sharp while working at local establishments The Garden Restaurant, Swiss Inn and New Morning Natural Foods.
After Harry’s death in 1988 Beth moved to Colorado and established herself in Grand Junction. She made many friends in the community there; hiking with the Newcomers Club, attending the Grand Junction Symphony, volunteering at Cross Orchards Historic Site, assisting at Orchard Avenue School and arranging flowers at HopeWest Hospice among many other interests and activities. In her later years she struggled to maintain her independence and eventually had to move into memory care near her daughter in the Denver area.
Beth was predeceased by her parents, husband, brother Leonard R. Smith, Jr and sister, Jean S. Nelson. She leaves behind her daughters Gwen Littleton of Westminster, CO, Carol Littleton of Keene, NH and several nieces and nephews around the country. The family appreciates the care and love given to her by the staff at Sunrise of Westminster and Compassionate Care Hospice of Broomfield. Donations in her memory can be made to a hospice or charity of your choice.
A small memorial service will be held at In Memoriam, on Thursday, August 27th at 1:30 p.m.
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