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NO. R-191House concurrent resolution in memory of Elizabeth Daley Jeffords.


Offered by:  Representatives Scheuermann of Stowe, Acinapura of Brandon, Adams of Hartland, Ainsworth of Royalton, Allard of St. Albans Town, Ancel of Calais, Anderson of Montpelier, Andrews of Rutland City, Aswad of Burlington, Atkins of Winooski, Audette of S. Burlington, Baker of West Rutland, Barnard of Richmond, Bissonnette of Winooski, Bostic of St. Johnsbury, Botzow of Pownal, Branagan of Georgia, Bray of New Haven, Brennan of Colchester, Browning of Arlington, Canfield of Fair Haven, Chen of Mendon, Cheney of Norwich, Clark of St. Johnsbury, Clark of Vergennes, Clarkson of Woodstock, Clerkin of Hartford, Condon of Colchester, Consejo of Sheldon, Copeland-Hanzas of Bradford, Corcoran of Bennington, Courcelle of Rutland City, Davis of Washington, Deen of Westminster, Devereux of Mount Holly, Donaghy of Poultney, Donahue of Northfield, Donovan of Burlington, Dostis of Waterbury, Edwards of Brattleboro, Emmons of Springfield, Errecart of Shelburne, Evans of Essex, Fallar of Tinmouth, Fisher of Lincoln, Fitzgerald of St. Albans City, Flory of Pittsford, Frank of Underhill, French of Randolph, Gervais of Enosburg, Gilbert of Fairfax, Godin of Milton, Grad of Moretown, Haas of Rochester, Head of S. Burlington, Heath of Westford, Helm of Castleton, Hosford of Waitsfield, Howard of Rutland City, Howrigan of Fairfield, Hube of Londonderry, Hudson of Lyndon, Hunt of Essex, Hutchinson of Randolph, Jerman of Essex, Jewett of Ripton, Johnson of South Hero, Johnson of Canaan, Keenan of St. Albans City, Keogh of Burlington, Kilmartin of Newport City, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Klein of East Montpelier, Koch of Barre Town, Komline of Dorset, Krawczyk of Bennington, Kupersmith of S. Burlington, Larocque of Barnet, Larrabee of Danville, Larson of Burlington, LaVoie of Swanton, Lawrence of Lyndon, Lenes of Shelburne, Leriche of Hardwick, Lippert of Hinesburg, Livingston of Manchester, Lorber of Burlington, Maier of Middlebury, Malcolm of Pawlet, Manwaring of Wilmington, Marcotte of Coventry, Marek of Newfane, Martin of Springfield, Martin of Wolcott, Masland of Thetford, McAllister of Highgate, McCormack of Rutland City, McCullough of Williston, McDonald of Berlin, McFaun of Barre Town, Milkey of Brattleboro, Miller of Shaftsbury, Minter of Waterbury, Mitchell of Barnard, Monti of Barre City, Mook of Bennington, Moran of Wardsboro, Morley of Barton, Morrissey of Bennington, Mrowicki of Putney, Myers of Essex, Nease of Johnson, Nuovo of Middlebury, Obuchowski of Rockingham, O'Donnell of Vernon, Ojibway of Hartford, Orr of Charlotte, Otterman of Topsham, Oxholm of Vergennes, Partridge of Windham, Pearson of Burlington, Peaslee of Guildhall, Pellett of Chester, Peltz of Woodbury, Perry of Richford, Peterson of Williston, Pillsbury of Brattleboro, Potter of Clarendon, Pugh of S. Burlington, Randall of Troy, Rodgers of Glover, Shand of Weathersfield, Sharpe of Bristol, Shaw of Derby, Smith of Morristown, Spengler of Colchester, Stevens of Shoreham, Sunderland of Rutland Town, Sweaney of Windsor, Symington of Jericho, Trombley of Grand Isle, Turner of Milton, Valliere of Barre City, Westman of Cambridge, Weston of Burlington, Wheeler of Derby, Winters of Williamstown, Wright of Burlington, Zenie of Colchester and Zuckerman of Burlington

Offered by:  Senators Ayer, Bartlett, Campbell, Carris, Collins, Condos, Coppenrath, Cummings, Doyle, Flanagan, Giard, Hartwell, Illuzzi, Kitchel, Kittell, Lyons, MacDonald, Maynard, Mazza, McCormack, Miller, Mullin, Nitka, Racine, Scott, Sears, Shumlin, Snelling, Starr and White

Whereas, Elizabeth (Liz) Daley Jeffords was a woman endowed with an independent spirit, a zest for life, and an irrepressible sense of humor, and

Whereas, Elizabeth Cecile Daley was born into a large Burlington family in 1939 and was the eighth of ten children, and

Whereas, she developed a rebellious streak early in life, often not conforming to the etiquette expected of young women of the 1950s, and

Whereas, at age 18, Liz Daley was employed in Burlington as a travel agent when she was paired on a blind date with a young navy man named James Merrill Jeffords, and

Whereas, despite their differences, the most obvious of which was their political party allegiances (Liz Daley was a Democrat and Jim Jeffords a Republican), they shared a mutual attraction and married in 1961, and

Whereas, their relationship was always fraught with challenges as demonstrated when they separated and divorced in the late 1970s, and

Whereas, the strength of the Jeffords’ mutual love and commitment endured, and they remarried in 1986 on the date of their 25th anniversary, and

Whereas, notwithstanding their sometimes conflicting perspectives on the political scene, Liz Jeffords was her husband’s most enthusiastic, effective, and active supporter, and she worked intensively on his successful political campaigns for the Vermont Senate from the Rutland district, for Vermont attorney general, for the U.S. House of Representatives, and for the U.S. Senate, and

Whereas, she was happiest when at home in Shrewsbury where she could garden and enjoy the peaceful life of rural Vermont, and

Whereas, when the ovarian cancer that Liz Jeffords had battled several times reemerged with a vengeance this winter, she exercised her independence one last time, departing this world on terms of her own choosing, and 

Whereas, Senator Jeffords, their children, Leonard and Laura, their grandchildren, and the entire state of Vermont mourn with great sadness the death on Friday, April 13, 2007 of Elizabeth Daley Jeffords, and

Whereas, there will be a celebration of her life on Saturday, April 21, 2007, at Grace Congregational Church in Rutland, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly extends its deepest and most profound sympathy to Senator James Jeffords and his entire family on the loss of this dedicated and beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and quintessential Vermonter, Elizabeth Daley Jeffords, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send copies of this resolution to Senator James Jeffords and his children, Leonard and Laura.



Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont