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Edith Burr Nettleton

Edith Burr Nettleton, life-long resident of Guilford, Connecticut, passed away on Sunday January 26th, 2014 at the age of 105.  

Edith was born on July 22nd, 1908, the granddaughter of a Civil War veteran, Samuel Jay Nettleton, and the daughter of postmaster Willis Mills Nettleton and Susan Burr. 

Her education began in the one-room Clapboard Hill School House and she went on to graduate from the Guilford Institute and Springfield Library School. 

She was the first director of the Guilford Free Library where she served for 44 years from January 23rd, 1934 when the new library opened until she retired at the age of 70 in 1978. 

For another 36 years until December 2013, she was a loyal library volunteer, developing historical archives. 

Her last project was  the creation of a digital archive of the historical photographs.   In June 2003, the present Edith B. Nettleton Historical Room at the Guilford Free Library was named in her honour.  

She was a devotee of crossword puzzles and pictograms and was known for her grace, warmth and love of books. 

The Guilford Free Library was closed at 1 pm on February 22nd, 2014 so that staff could attend  Edith's memorial service. 



Edith Burr Nettleton