Bettie Jane Third, 83, librarian, active in historical work

Bettie Jane Third, 83, of Ridgefield, wife of Joel H. Third, died on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at her residence after a long and courageous battle with Ovarian Cancer.

Mrs. Third was born in Fort Bragg, NC, August 29, 1929, daughter of James A. and Julia Boyd (Flint) Dougherty.

She was raised and attended schools in Fayetteville, NC, attended East Carolina University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Mrs. Third later taught in the Newbern, NC School system prior to relocating to New York NY where she attained her Master’s degree in Library Science from Columbia University.  She was Chief Librarian at the Port of Authority of NY and NJ, later the editor of Business Periodical Index at the H.W. Wilson Company of NY and an adjunct Professor of Library Science at Columbia University.

A resident of Ridgefield since 1992 after residing in Montreal for two years and Ft. Lee, NJ for twenty years prior, Mrs. Third was active along with her husband, Joel in the Ridgefield community.

She was a guide and member of the board of directors of the Keeler Tavern Museum, the Ridgefield Graveyard Committee and a member of St. Stephen Episcopal Church where she was involved in many church functions; most especially the Nutmeg Festival and the monthly Senior Luncheons.

In addition to her husband of forty-two years, she is survived by a brother, John J. Dougherty and a sister, Alida Belle Bates both of Winston-Salem, NC and by several nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will take place on Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 11 AM in St. Stephen Episcopal Church, 351 Main St., Ridgefield with the Rev. Whitney Altopp, Rector officiating. The reception will be held following the service at Keeler Tavern Museum’s Garden House.

Interment will take place in the Crypt of St. Stephen Church.

There will no calling hours.

Contributions in Mrs. Third’s memory may be made to Regional Hospice and Home Care, 405 main St., Danbury, CT 06810 or to Keeler Tavern Museum or St. Stephens Church.

Kane Funeral Home, 25 Catoonah St., Ridgefield is in charge of arrangements.