May 11 2020

Obituary: Educator, Library Supporter and Beloved Family Woman Edith F. Entwistle, 90


A beloved family woman who dedicated much of her time to teaching the students of Burlington and supporting the Burlington Public Library passed away last week. 


Edith F. Entwistle, a resident of Burlington for 61 years, passed away at Pilgrim Rehab and Nursing Facility, Peabody on the 7th of May, her obituary from Sullivan Funeral Home says. She was predeceased by her husband of 53 years, Channing L. Entwistle. She was 90 years old.


Edith was born and raised in Arlington. Upon graduating from Arlington High School, Edith went on to Tufts University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology in 1951.


Edith met her husband when she moved to Martha’s Vineyard to teach school. They were married on December 26, 1953. The newly married couple returned to Martha’s Vineyard and lived in Vineyard Haven until 1958, when they moved off island. In 1959 the couple made their permanent home in Burlington. 


Edith was a teacher at heart and, with the help of several friends, formed the Burlington Cooperative Kindergarten School. She was the Director of the Co-Op until public schools introduced a formal kindergarten program. When the Co-Op closed, she worked for Mitre for several years. She returned to teaching at the elementary school level first at Pine Glen then at Fox Hill schools in Burlington.  At the Fox Hill School she was the Title 1 Specialist where she taught many children reading and math. 


“Often she would run into one of her former students in town who would profusely thank her for not giving up on them and teaching them how to read,” her obituary reads. 


Upon retirement from public school teaching, Edith taught real estate sales and broker classes. She was also very active in town. She served for over 20 years as a library trustee. She was also a member of the Burlington Garden Club. She belonged to the Senior Center and helped to organize the jazz band concerts and refreshments. 


“Family and friends were very important to her,” her obituary reads. “As a family they had many adventures together camping up and down the eastern seaboard and in Maine. She continued to camp with her family as recently as last July. She loved to play games, especially dominoes and bingo. She was always up for an adventure and fun and more than once was referred to as the life of the party.”


Click here to read her full obituary.


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