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Celebrating the Life of Betsy Webb

Posted 7/10/2017 9:27am by Harding Hill Farm.

It has been nearly a year since we gathered on the farm and in the woods to bid farewell to 'Pop' (Richard H Webb). We now anticipate another week of homecoming for the extended Webb Family as we say goodbye to an important founder of Harding Hill Farm.  

Just a short couple weeks ago, we lost our beloved Elizabeth T Webb, affectionately known as 'Gram' or to many others as 'Betsy'. She often provided a place to sit down, take a break, divulge in a sweet treat, and tell her about our adventures. She was our endless support system, always interested in our projects and seemingly crazy ideas. We gather later this week with family and friends to celebrate her life, legacy, and influence on the farm and woods we share with many. 

Harding Hill Farm - 1952

Elizabeth Thomas Webb passed away peacefully on June 23, 2017. Born Elizabeth Alden Thomas on October 4, 1920 in Islip, New York, she attended St. Agnes School in Albany and then Katherine Gibbs Secretarial School in New York City. Summers were spent in Thetford, Vermont where she was a counselor at Camp Hanoun. She worked in New York City for several years until meeting and marrying Richard H. Webb in 1951. Together they established a home and small farm in Sunapee where she raised 6 children and helped run the farm.

Van Webb & Betsy Webb - 1969 &  in later years - Dick & Betsy at a family wedding

Her love of the ocean and spending time with family led to many summers spent camping on Cape Cod or traveling as a fairly large group to other places. They continued to travel for many years, sometimes visiting family and sometimes taking family with them. Upon the birth of their first grandchild they became Grammy and Pops to all who knew them well and they loved watching their grandchildren grow to young adulthood.


She was a member of several organizations in the area and was particularly active with the United Methodist Women, the preservation of the Old Town Hall/Harbor House Livery building, and the Sunapee Thrift Store.

She is survived by six children and their spouses: Tom and Jackie Webb, Portland, OR; Paul Webb and Lisa Hall, Palm Coast, FL; Brad and Andrea Webb, Hightstown, NJ; Van and Robin Webb, Sunapee, NH; Tom and Faith Reney, Sunapee, NH; Bayard Webb and Lyle Engler, Reno, NV and eleven grandchildren.

Harding Hill Farm - Webb Family 2014

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, July 15th at 11:00 am with a reception to follow, located at:

Lake Sunapee United Methodist Church
Lower Main Street, Sunapee, NH 03782

There will also be a graveside service at the South Cemetery on Harding Hill Road in Sunapee at 1:00 pm.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sunapee Heritage Alliance, PO Box 72, Sunapee, NH 03782.