Phoebe Hunt Shotwell


Phoebe Hunt Shotwell

Phoebe Hunt Shotwell, 99, of Green Township, died Friday, March 30, 2018, at home.
Born in the Hunts Lake section of Fredon Township, Phoebe was a longtime resident of Green Township. She was a 1935 graduate of Newton High School. She was a farmer and she and her late husband were the owners/operators of Rock Ledge Farm in Green Township for over 80 years.
A loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Phoebe always felt her greatest accomplishment was her children.
Born to, raised in and the oldest member of Yellow Frame Presbyterian Church, Phoebe served as a Sunday School teacher, a member of the session, and was active in the Ladies Aide Society. She was also secretary of the Yellow Frame Church Society and served on various committees of the church.
Phoebe was active in 4-H for close to 85 years, first as a member, then a leader, and as a member of the Advisor Board. In 2007, she was named the 4-H NJ State Volunteer of the Year, and she and her husband, Ralph, were honored by 4-H through the naming of the 4-H Exhibit Hall at the fair in their name. Having spent a lifetime for its programs, the most tangible manifestation is the Shotwell Building that is used today for displays of 4-H Club members each year at the fair. They were also supporters of the market animal sale.
A Director and member of the Executive Committee of the NJ State Fair/Sussex County Farm and Horse Show, Phoebe represented the 4-H and was honored with induction into the Founders Park Agriculture Garden at the fair.
Phoebe was the last remaining member of the Farmer’s Enterprise Grange, having served in every capacity of the organization, including starting the first free clothing center for families in need every week. She was also a member of the Pomona Grange and the New Jersey State Grange.
Honored as the 1987 Green Township Senior Citizen of the Year, Phoebe served on the Green Township Election Board for many years. She was a member of the Agricultural Society Hall of Fame, was a volunteer in the Snook Museum, served on the Sussex County Board of Agriculture, was active in the Newton Memorial Hospital Ladies Auxiliary and the Green Township Fire Department Auxiliary.
Phoebe was an active PTA member at Green Hills School and then became a teacher’s assistant and library assistant for many years. Green Hills School now awards a scholarship in her honor for Intellectual Curiosity.
She was also very involved with the Newton High School Pride Committee.
Active in the International Youth Exchange Program, Phoebe and Ralph hosted a Norwegian Exchange student who still remains a part of the family. For many years, they also hosted children from the Fresh Air Fund that took in children from the inner city to experience the fresh air of the farm.
Among their many accomplishments, Phoebe and Ralph were both honored with the Sussex County Humanitarian Award, were inducted into the Newton High School Hall of Fame, the Sussex County Agricultural Society Hall of Fame, and inducted into Founder’s Park.
Besides all of their accomplishments, they were also known for hosting their famous chicken barbecue twice a year with their own homemade sauce, which has become a staple for many Fire Department dinners.
The daughter of the late Joseph Budd Hunt and Jessie (nee Emmans) Hunt, Phoebe was also predeceased by her husband, Ralph “Fossil” I. Shotwell, on December 8, 2015, and her siblings, Grace VanHorn, Esther Metzgar and J. Budd Hunt. She is survived by four children, Ralph E. Shotwell and wife, Judith, of Green Township, Robert H. Shotwell and wife, Julie, of Green Township, Nancy S. Woods and husband, Robert, of Newton, and Susan S. Hildebrant and husband, Mark, of Green Township; seven grandchildren, Christopher, Jeffery and Jennifer Shotwell, Kristen Becker, Kimberly McCullough, Gregory Woods and Ashley VanHaste; and eleven great-grandchildren.
She is also survived by many nieces and nephews, as well as her youth exchange daughter, Marit Ringereide.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 4, 2018, at Yellow Frame Presbyterian Church, 1 Yellow Frame Road, Fredon Township. Interment will follow in Yellow Frame Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 3, 2018, from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the church.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Smith-McCracken Funeral Home, 63 High Street, Newton.
Memorial donations may be made to Yellow Frame Presbyterian Church, 1 Yellow Frame Road, Fredon Township, NJ 07860 or the Sussex County 4-H Foundation, 130 Morris Turnpike, Newton, NJ 07860. Online condolences may be offered at www.smithmccrackenfuneralhome.com.