Aubrey Walter Akin Jr. died at home on October 7, 2015, in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, with his loving wife and daughter by his side.
He was born April 16, 1934, in Newport to the late Colonel Aubrey W. Akin (U.S. Army Reserve) and the late Laura Isabelle Cobleigh Akin.
He attended schools in Newport and numerous military bases, both in the U.S. and Germany, and graduated from the University of Vermont in 1957. He moved to Tampa, Florida, where he joined the Liberty Mutual Insurance company and worked in the claims department for 20 years. For the next 20 years, he was a paralegal for the law firm of Dean, Ringers, Morgan and Lawton in Orlando, Florida.
Mr. Akin loved to fish in Lake Memphremagog, golf, and spend time with family and friends.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Mary Louise Akin of Carlisle; his son Thomas Akin of Orlando; his daughter Mary Lynne and her husband, Bruce Stoller; and two grandchildren: Kendall Nicole and Scott Walter Stoller, all of Aurora, Illinois.
His family will return him to his beloved home in Newport.
Hoffman Funeral Home and Crematory in Carlisle is handling the arrangements. To sign the guestbook, please visit HoffmanFH.com.
Frances Dale Aldrich, 75, of Irasburg, died on October 7, 2015, in Lebanon, New Hampshire. She departed to be with her Lord.
She was born on June 12, 1940, in Brownington to Geneva (Moulton) and Leslie White Sr.
On June 23, 1956, she married Alden Aldrich Sr. of Irasburg, who survives her.
Mrs. Aldrich attended the Albany Methodist Church and previously attended other churches in the area.
She is survived by her children: Marcia Blouin-Bushey and her husband, James, of Irasburg, Alden Aldrich Jr. of San Jose, California, Peter Aldrich and his wife, Robin, of St. Albans, and Paula Bernier and her husband, Roger, of St. Johnsbury. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Allison Hahr and her husband, Adrian, Stephanie LaBarron and her husband, Dan, Jessica Urango and her husband, Alex, Emily, Noah, and Kally Aldrich, Tess and Anna Leeper; and by her great-grandchildren: Taylor and Evan Menard, and Alex Urango Jr. She was loved and survived by many step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren; her siblings: Earl White and his wife, Donna, of North Carolina, Jean Dopp of Kirby, and Dorothy Page of Derby.
She was predeceased by her daughter Amy Aldrich in 1977; her son-in-law Dwane Elouin in 2000; her brothers: Merton, Russell, Leslie, and Bernard White; and by her sisters: Margaret Piper and Mavis Hunt.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 10, at the Brownington Center Church with the Reverend George Lawson officiating. Interment will take place in Brownington Center Cemetery at a later date.
Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the charity of one’s choice.
Online condolences at curtis-britch.com.
Ezekiel Cowgill Barnard
Ezekiel Cowgill Barnard of Derby Line died at Michaud Manor on October 5, 2015.
He was born on May 8, 1921, in Woodside, Delaware, a son of Ezekiel Cowgill and Pauline (Warrington) Barnard.
He served in World War II in the 12th Marines 3rd Division, making beachheads in Bougainville, Guam, and Iwo Jima. He was decorated with a medal and commendation for his valor in Guam. His unit was pinned down by a fierce enemy sniper attack, and he took it upon himself to leave his encampment and extinguish the attack, saving the lives of his entire encampment.
He studied at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, earning a bachelor’s degree in accounting.
He married Gloria Williams on December 7, 1945, and they had four sons: Ezekiel III, Barry, Corey, and Robert. They were married for 24 years. On January 2, 1947, Mr. Barnard opened the first coin-operated laundromat (and five more) in Delaware. He was the captain of his own chartered sport fishing yacht, Sudsy. He was revered as one of the most productive and competitive captains on the entire east coast.
Mr. Barnard married Patricia Ann Wilson on December 30, 1972. They were married for 26 years. They sport fished on the Sudsy between Ocean City, Maryland, and Key West, Florida. Later they moved to Lowell and started the Landlocked Tree Farm.
He was a 32nd degree Mason (joined in 1961), a Shriner, and long-time member of the Blue Lodge. He loved fishing, hunting, playing cards, and spending time with his family.
Survivors include his children: Ezekiel C. Barnard III of Maryland, Barry W. Barnard of Idaho, Corey D. (Cathy) Barnard of Idaho, Robert N. Barnard of West Virginia, and Carol Lynn DeLaBruere of Maryland; and his grandchildren David Barnard, Arin Meinschein, Rebekah Rynearson, Jake Barnard, Amber Allen, April Biesecker, Robert Barnard, Daniel Culver, and Stephanie Carter.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia; his brother John Barnard of Pennsylvania; and Pauline Anderson of Delaware.
A graveside service was held at the Grace Lawn Cemetery in New Castle, Delaware, on October 10.
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Ruby Edna Maxwell Flynn, 102, of Holland died on October 7, 2015, in Barton.
She was born on December 21, 1912, in Holland, the daughter of Henry and Alice (Moulton) Maxwell.
Mrs. Flynn graduated from Derby Academy in 1931. On May 14, 1932, she married Hugh Loren “Bud” Flynn, the love of her life, who predeceased her on July 25, 1978.
She was a hard-working farmer’s wife and enjoyed working with her husband on their dairy farm. She was a wonderful mother and a great cook. She loved being outside walking and snowshoeing, even well into her golden years. When she was younger, she was an avid horseback rider. She was all about her family, never being too busy to spend time, or share a laugh or give a hug.
Mrs. Flynn is survived by her son David Flynn, of Derby; her daughter Diana Emmerson and her husband, Ernie, of Holland; by her grandchildren: Terry Hodgdon and his friend, Jane, Linda Hodgdon Burke and her husband, Randy, Steve Carpenter, Ken Carpenter and his wife, Paula, Sally Carpenter and her friend, Kenny, James Carpenter Jr., Hugh Flynn and his wife, Helen, Scott Flynn and his friend, Marie, Lori Flynn, Karin Flynn, Katrina Emmerson Meigs and her husband, Charlie, and Erin Emmerson Daggett and her husband, Andrew. She is also survived by 20 great-grandchildren and 19 great-great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law: Greta Maxwell and Betty Flynn; and by many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Flynn was predeceased by her daughters Alice Hodgdon and her husband, Dave, Sfa Carpenter and her husband, Jim; her daughter-in-law Wanda Flynn, her grandson David Flynn Jr.; her brothers Roger Maxwell and his wife, Mary, Claude Maxwell and his wife, Blanche, Amos Maxwell and Dean Maxwell; her sisters Dorothy Gray and her husband, Ivan, Arline Whitehill and her husband, Roger; her brothers-in-law Urban Flynn and his wife, Louise, Wayne Flynn, Lyman Flynn and his wife, Lucille; and her sisters-in-law Cora West and her husband Bill, and Eula Sykes and her husband, Roger.
Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mrs. Flynn’s memory to the American Cancer Society, Vermont Division, Inc., 55 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.
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Sharon Renault, 61, of Barre died of melanoma on October 3, 2015.
For the past three months she had made her home with her sister and brother-in-law, Debbie and Steve Lowery, in St. Johnsbury.
She was born in Newport on September 16, 1954, the fifth of nine children born to Roland and Irene (Diette) Renault. She graduated from Lake Region Union High School in 1972.
Ms. Renault was a GED teacher with the women’s state prison in Burlington and had previously taught at the middle school in Barre.
She is survived by two sons: Lee Brown of Hardwick and Lance Brown of Claremont, New Hampshire; by a grandson, Gunner, and a granddaughter, Molly; by eight brothers and sisters: Jennifer Rose of Florida, Lorraine Antigivonnie of Florida, Dale Renault of Florida, Linda Montague of Newport, Deborah Renault-Lowery of St. Johnsbury, Christine Sicard of Barton, Sandra Renault of Florida, and Albert Renault of Florida; and by nieces and nephews.
On Saturday, October 24, beginning at 1 p.m., there will be a celebration of her life at her son Lee’s house in Hardwick (913 Mackville Road). It is suggested people bring a dish and refreshments.
Memorial contributions, payable to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center North, could be directed to 1080 Hospital Dr., St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819.
Memories and condolences may be shared privately at saylesfh.com.
Jane Scott, 95, of Newport, the bright light in so many lives, died on October 6, 2015, after a brief illness with family by her bedside.
She was a gentle, kind-hearted soul who truly looked for, and found the good in everyone. That was her gift to so many others — always positive and seeing the good in everyone.
She was born on July 27, 1920, to Daniel and Elizabeth Bixby. She lived her early years in West Hartford with her family. She had two younger sisters: Pauline and Joyce. In her youth, she loved to swim, spending the hot summer hours swimming in the White River and at Island Park. She loved the sunshine.
Mrs. Scott’s childhood years were not easy. Her father died when she was five years old from tuberculosis, brought on by the mustard gas he suffered in World War I. Her middle sister “Paulie” died that same year from meningitis. Her mother, “Betty” was a strong woman, who raised Mrs. Scott and her sister Joyce in a time when being a single mother was not an easy task.
Mrs. Scott lived through the flood of 1927 and never forgot it, or the night the water was rising, and how the family escaped by driving up the railroad tracks to high ground and safety. The family lost everything and had to rebuild their lives. Next came the Depression years. That was a difficult time for so many. It certainly had its effects on Mrs. Scott, as she never complained. Amazingly, she became a stronger person, and as time has proven, she conserved and preserved family and well-being.
In 1938 she entered the Mary Fletcher School of Nursing in Burlington. She graduated as a registered nurse in 1941. She worked as a registered nurse for many years in the hospitals in Newport, old and new, and was an excellent caregiver. She enjoyed her work as a nurse and followed in her mother’s footsteps in that regard.
In her first year of working as a student nurse, she worked in a hospital in Burlington. While working there she met a young man named Richard Scott. That meeting blossomed into the love of her life and on March 18, 1942, she married Richard Scott of Bluffside Farm in Newport, and moved to the big house at the farm. She and Dick had two children, Joan and Dan, and lived their lives as a self-sufficient farm family. They had many years together and enjoyed their family and their lives around Bluffside Farm. One of their favorite things to do was dance, and could they dance — they were excellent! We all have such vivid and wonderful memories of the holidays, hot summer nights of haying, Sunday dinners, birthday celebrations, and so, so many family gatherings with them on the farm.
It is impossible to totally describe the strength that Mom had… But it should be said that Ken and Phyllis Scott and family, and Bob and Velma Scott and family always “came home” to Bluffside Farm. Mrs. Scott was the farm mom they came to…
And so, now she can rest, and while we are all so very sad, we also know that she is now with several people who she has missed for years.
She left a vast family. She is survived by her two children: Joan Curtis and Dan Scott and his companion, Nico Hastings; four grandchildren: Annie Christoni, Kristy Scott and her companion, David Whitesell and his daughter Bianca, Pete Curtis, and Kory Scott and his wife, Chanda; three great-grandchildren: Samantha Christoni, Tanner Gobeil, and Olivia Scott; a niece Jane Bixby; and cousins: Ruth Charlbois, and Marion Lois Regis. Mrs. Scott had a special relationship with her daughter-in-law Joanne Scott, and they were the best of friends for all their years.
Be at rest, Jane, my mom, our mom.
Be at rest, GG, my gram, our gram.
Be at rest, Jane, auntie, our aunt.
Be at rest, Jane, our friend.
You made the world a better place, and God knows you earned your angel wings long before you retired to heaven. We miss you and always will….
Mrs. Scott always said, “It’s nothing but what you can stand.” And so we carry on….
There will be a graveside burial in Pine Grove Cemetery in Newport on Saturday, October 17, at 1 p.m. — from the family.
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