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NO. R-35. JOINT RESOLUTION RELATING TO HONORING BEATRICE MARY EUGENIA SCHOFF HOLMES ON THE OCCASION OF HER CENTENNIAL BIRTHDAY.

(J.R.S. 12)

Offered by: Senator Illuzzi of Essex-Orleans County.

Whereas, Beatrice Mary Eugenia Schoff Holmes was born on June 6, 1898 at her home, on Park Street in Canaan, where she has resided for the last century, and

Whereas, personal adversities, including the premature death of her father, required Beatrice at an early age to assume a family leadership role, and

Whereas, in 1919, Beatrice most appropriately became the U.S. Postmaster for the town of Canaan, tending to the postal needs of her community for the next 49 years from the same 51 Park Street building that had once served as her father's drug store, and

Whereas, in recognition of her centennial birthday, as well as nearly half a century of providing prompt and courteous service to Canaan's postal patrons, current Canaan U.S.P.S. Postmaster Donald Fillion presented her with a commemorative U.S. Postal Service artwork entitled "Celebrate the Century" that features stamps from each decade of the 20th century, and

Whereas, aside from her post office responsibilities, Beatrice served as a school director, and

Whereas, in 1976, as a special American bicentennial project, she published her very comprehensive and informative "History of Canaan, Vermont" which documented the town's life from its inception in 1782, and

Whereas, she is especially remembered for her seven decades of devoted service as an American Red Cross volunteer for which Elizabeth Hanford Dole traveled to Canaan to personally honor Beatrice for this unique and enduring commitment to helping others, and

Whereas, in order to remain young and sprightly, she regularly peddled her bicycle around Canaan until she was 97, fulfilling her personal motto "to be active as long as you can," now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly is delighted to honor Beatrice Mary Eugenia Schoff Holmes as she celebrates her one hundredth birthday and for her special place in the life of the town of Canaan, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send her a copy of this resolution.