Elisabeth ("Beth") Hitchcock, 93, passed away peacefully, one of her sons holding her hand, on July 29, 2017, at Wharton Nursing Home in Uplands Village in Pleasant Hill, Tennessee. Her husband of 64 years, Ed Hitchcock, preceded her in death in 2016, and waited patiently for her. They had lived at Uplands since moving from the mountains in Bethel, Maine, in 1995. They had also lived in Long Island NY, Pennsylvania and Connecticut during their long lives together.
Beth was born and raised in Amherst, Massachusetts. She grew up "seeing and hearing the same sights and sounds as Emily Dickinson and Robert Frost, in imaginative and intellectual friendship." Their poetry helped to fire Beth's imagination and love for writing from a very early age. Fascination and love for nature sustained a force throughout her life, and found expression in some of the vibrant poems she wrote, eventually anthologizing 60 poems in a single volume, "Under Oak," published in 2002.
Concurrent with loving devotion to her family, Beth was also a beloved teacher of children of preschool and elementary school age before retiring to travel and write. In Tennessee, she made an exuberant life with her husband and the community at Uplands Village for more than 20 years. A fierce poet and warm friend, she was much loved and will be missed by all.
Survivors include her sons, Tad Hitchcock (Valerie) and Daniel Hitchcock (Janice); and grandchildren, Emily and Sharlow Hitchcock, and Evan, Sawyer and Amanda Hitchcock. She is also survived by her two brothers, Richard and Christopher Thacher, and her sister, Juliana Plummer.
Published on February 21, 2018