Elizabeth Klose
Elizabeth Klose
Elizabeth Klose
Elizabeth Klose
Elizabeth Klose
Elizabeth Klose
Elizabeth Klose
Elizabeth Klose
Elizabeth Klose
Elizabeth Klose
Elizabeth Klose
Elizabeth Klose
Elizabeth Klose

Obituary of Elizabeth Klose

Elizabeth Smithers Klose

April 29, 1940 - June 30, 2017

Elizabeth Smithers Klose, shepherd to a husband, three children, countless critters, sheep and others, died June 30,2017, content to be known for her pointed remarks, etiquette and devotion to all that she loved.

Born April 29, 1940, and known to all as "Tibbie", she favored her solitude, married Woody Nicholas Klose (deceased 2004), and mothered Peter, Woody Nicholas, Jr. and Elizabeth Klose, at Echo Valley Farm in Red Hook, with a brief stint in Tivoli, New York.

A graduate of Red Hook Central High School (1958), she merged the Klose and Smithers families. She fondly recalled her days as a medical researcher at Boston's prestigious hospitals after graduating from Colby Sawyer College; and is said to have ripped the 1960 City of Boston phone book in half with her bare hands.

Tibbie took great pride in her sheep, 4-H Club (the Golden Fleece) and rock garden, mentoring adults and children alike. Her life was filled by encounters with recalcitrant farm animals, bloviating politicians, tribulations, triumphs and indignities; but Tibbie's hallmark perseverance, humor and "roll with the punches" grit were her legacy to all.

Curious while traveling to distant lands, she derived most pleasure from sewing costumes, quilts and prom dresses, reveling in her ability to get things accomplished by hand. Echo Valley Road is forever beautiful because Tibbie loved her flowers,open space, and independence!

Tibbie is survived by her three children, their spouses (Jean Voutsinas, Sandra Foight, Lucas Hartford); her devoted grandchildren, Owen, Celeste, Oliver, Caitlin and Nicholas; her siblings, and an extended family that once called Dutchess County home.

In lieu of flowers Tibbie loved her local 4-H and the Galapagos Conservancy.

Arrangements are under the direction of Burnett & White Funeral Homes 7461 S. Broadway, Red Hook, NY.

To sign the online guest book, please visit www.Burnett-White.com.