Beddy Eddison Obituary

The Boston Globe on August 2, 2006 has the obituary for Betty Eddison:

Eddison, Elizabeth Bole -- of Lexington July 31, 2006 Wife of the late John C. "Jack" Eddison. Mother of Jonathan B. Eddison of Los Angeles, Elizabeth O. Eddison of Minneapolis, and Martha Sieniewicz of Cambridge. Betty is also survived by 7 grandchildren. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, Sept 9, at the Church of Our Redeemer, 6 Meriam St., Lexington, at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Reception to follow across the street at the Old Depot. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to:

The Town of Lexington's Jack Eddison Blossom Fund.
C/O Town of Lexington, 1625 Mass Ave, Lexington, MA 02420.

Interment private.

That Blossom Fund sponsored the first of the "safe routes to school" projects of the Lexington Friends of the Minuteman Bikeway, with which we built at the Bridge school a wetlands crossing connecting to the Blossomcrest cull-de-sac off Merritt Road.

Dick Spencer remembers Betty best as a sage advisor to the two committees on all matters political.

Tom Fortmann worked with Jack and Betty on the bikepath and on their campaigns. I remember them both very fondly and miss them very much.

Harvey Bingham regularly visited with Betty at Brookhaven. He last noted that Betty seemed to be sleeping peacefully on Friday, July 28.

Betty was an honorary life member of the Bicycle Advisory Committee. We give her special thanks for her many contributions to bicycling in Lexington; and her efforts to improve so may aspects of living in Lexington.

Betty Eddison organized a Volunteer Recognition Day in Lexington.

In the Lexington Minuteman in the early 90s, correspondent Art Ballou quoted Eddison as she spoke at the Volunteer Day:

"Without our volunteers, Lexington would not be the kind of town it is. It's as simple as that," she said. "From School Committee members to Battle Green Guides to school aides and people who help out at the library and the Senior center, all are rendering valuable service," Eddison added. "There's no way we could do all the things we do without them."
That day more than 2,000 volunteers were recognized.
The medallion given out that day is a cherished posession
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