June 17, 2009 Obituaries

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Arlene L. Bacon

Arlene L. Bacon, 69, of Barre died at Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital in St. Johnsbury on Friday, June 12, 2009.
Mrs. Bacon was born January 24, 1940, in St. Albans, a daughter of Lyle and Eva (King) Rowland.  On October 6, 1956, she married Kenneth Bacon.
She loved to go fishing and camping.  She was an avid bird watcher and gardener.  When not outside she loved to do her knitting, sewing, and crocheting.  She enjoyed dancing to country music.  She loved Fluffy, her favorite cat, who died just two days after she went into the hospital.
She is survived by her seven children:  Douglas Bacon and his wife, Candy, of Barton, Susan Bacon and her friend, Ron Boutin, of Glover, Richard Bacon and his wife, Becky, of Ashby, Massachusetts, Kim Bacon of Winchendon, Massachusetts, Cynthia Bacon  of Barre City, Kenneth Bacon and his wife, Kim, of Barton, and Mary Bacon Kittredge and her husband, Mike, of Plainfield; by her 14 grandchildren:  Jennifer, Joshua, and Jesse Bacon, Lucian Mason, Abby and  Christopher Bacon, Michael and Amy Hance, Aaron Bacon, Ken, Amanda, and Kevin Bacon, and Carrie and Sonya Bacon; by 13 great-grandchildren; by her brother Cecil Rowland of Williamstown, Massachusetts; by her sister Elaine Luchassi and her husband, Arthur, of Williamstown; and by her brother-in-law Robert Tucker of Lunenburg, Massachusetts.  She was predeceased by her father, Lyle Rowland; by her mother, Eva K. Rowland; by her sister Barbara Tucker; and by her granddaughter Casie Mason.
Services will be held at the family’s convenience.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mrs. Bacon’s memory to the Central Vermont Humane Society, 504 Mekkelson Road, Barre, Vermont 05641.
Sayles Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.



Russell G. Collins Sr.

Russell G. Collins Sr., 71, of Newport died peacefully on June 12, 2009, in Newport.
Mr. Collins was born February 25, 1938, in Newport, a son of Merle and Vendetta (Hill) Collins.
On July 3, 1999, he married Lucille Ste. Marie.
He graduated from Newport Center High School.  He was a supervisor for Union Butterfields in Derby Line for many years.
He enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, and cooking.  He cherished the time with his children and his grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Lucille Collins, of Newport; by his children:  Rusty Collins Jr. of Winooski, Tammy Trumper and her husband, Jim, of Richmond, and Chris Collins and his wife, Marcia, of Richmond; by his stepchildren:  Michael Jacobs and his wife, Marylou, of Westfield, Mark Jacobs and his wife, Joanne, of Derby Line, and Matthew Jacobs and his friend, Mandee Young, of Newport; by four grandchildren; by four stepgrandchildren; by his siblings:  Merle Collins and his wife, Rose, of Connecticut, Oliver Collins and his wife, Elaine, of Irasburg, Robert Collins and his wife, Simone, of Lowell, Henry Collins and his wife, Kristi, of Lowell, Joan Duffy of Lowell, Joyce Baraw and her husband, David, of Newport Center, and Margaret Collins of Colchester; and by numerous nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his first wife, Becky (Adams) Collins, in 1992; and by two brothers, Clifford and Gordon Collins.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, June 17, at 11 a.m. at St. Mary, Star of the Sea, Catholic Church in Newport with the Reverend Yvon Royer celebrating a Mass of Christian Burial.  Interment will follow in the Newport Center Cemetery.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mr. Collins’ memory may be made to Frontier Animal Society, 502 Strawberry Acres Road, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to the Bel-Aire Quality Care Nursing Center Employee Activity Fund, 35 Bel-Aire Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.



Brian Douglass

Brian Douglass, 62, of Ludlow died June 13, 2009, in Newport.
Mr. Douglass was born August 3, 1946, in Windsor, a son of Arlene Deuso and Thomas Douglass.
He was a mill worker for Jeldwen in Ludlow, and he was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and camping.
He is survived by two daughters, Laura Gerrow and her husband, Tim, of Jay and Denise Douglass and her friend, Chris Copp, of Newport; by his mother, Arlene Deuso, of Ludlow; by his  former wife Norma Douglass of North Troy; by grandchildren:  Richard Mason, Corey French, Thomas Washburn, Ricky Gerrow, Tucker Gerrow, and Payci Washburn; by great-granddaughter Amelia French; by his brother Charles Craig and his wife, Barbara, of Chester; by one niece; and by four nephews.  He was predeceased by his father, Thomas Douglass; and by his brother Gerald Douglass.
Services will be held at the convenience of the family.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mr. Douglass’ memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, Vermont Division, 121 Connor Way, Suite 240, Williston, Vermont 05495.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.



Deborah “Debbie” Jane Leavitt Kilby
Deborah “Debbie” Jane Leavitt Kilby, 62, of Newport Center died at her home on June 8, 2009.
Mrs. Kilby was born August 8, 1946, in Newport, a daughter of Keith and Elaine Leavitt.  She grew up on Elm Street in Newport, where she attended the Nazarene Church and played piano.  She married John Kilby on October 10, 1970.
She graduated from Newport High School and attended medical secretary school in Phoenix, Arizona.  She worked at the Broadview Hospital, Cablevision, Space Research, Phoenix Engineering, as assistant town clerk of Newport Center, Cumberland Farms, Citizens Utilities, and Vermont Electric until she retired in 2005.
She enjoyed playing piano and played for Newport Center, Newport City, and Beebe Advent Christian churches.
She is survived by her husband, John; by her children:  Sarah Kilby of Saranac Lake, New York, John Kilby Jr. of Bakersfield, California, and Timothy Kilby and his wife, Ana, of St. Albans; by three brothers:  James Millett of Phoenix, Robert Millett of Dover, New Hampshire, and Burt Leavitt and his wife, Lillian, of Milton; by her niece Wanda Geoffiron; by nephews:  Keith, Nathan, Daniel, and Todd Leavitt and James Millett Jr. and their families; and by a large family on her husband’s side.  She was predeceased by her sister-in-law Gladys Millett; by her brother Kenneth “Buster” Magoon; by infant son James Robert Kilby; and by nephew Robert Paul Millett Jr.
Funeral services were held June 14 at Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport with the Reverend Robert Cargill and the Reverend Chris Barton officiating.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mrs. Kilby’s name may be made to the oncology department at North Country Hospital, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.



Faye E. Libby


Faye E. Libby, 94, died June 5, 2009, in Hodgenville, Kentucky.
Mrs. Libby was born an only child to Ai and Mamie Kennison in Newport on January 8, 1915.  At age 15, following her mother’s death from tuberculosis, she went to live with her aunt Avis Leavitt (sister of her father) and uncle Carroll Leavitt.
She graduated from Newport High School and married Clifton King of Newport.  A daughter, Carol King, was born to them, as well as a son, Dana Clark King, who died in infancy.
She was predeceased by her husband, Clifton King, who died as the result of a railroad accident while working in the Canadian Pacific railroad yards in February 1955.
She later married Howard Libby of Lancaster, New Hampshire, and soon moved to St. Petersburg, Florida, where they resided for 38 years.  Upon his death, she relocated to Newport to reside with her daughter Carol King Kellaway.  She lived in Newport for 12 years, until 2005, at which time she and her daughter moved to Hodgenville.
Survivors include her daughter Carol King Kellaway; four grandchildren:  Loray Moeykens Cote and her husband, John, of Newport, Robin Moeykens Loveless and her husband, Ronald, of Rogers, Arkansas, Lynn Moeykens Rogers and her husband, Kimball, of Magnolia, Kentucky, and Peter Kellaway and his wife, Christina, of Derby and Newport; three great-granddaughters:  April Chastain and her husband, Grant, of Rogers, Amanda Roberts and her companion, Thomas Boisvert, of Newport, and Charli Kellaway of Derby; three great-grandsons:  Ryan Cote and his wife, Celine, Jonathan Cote, and Christopher Roberts, all of Newport; two great-great-grandsons, Dawson and Jordan Cote, of Newport; and Ed Kellaway.
She had many friends, wherever she lived.  She loved her dogs and being around the horses on the farms while residing in both Vermont and Kentucky.  Flower gardens were her passion, and she could be found with her walker, gardening and pulling weeds throughout the summer seasons.
She was most recently visited by her dear friend of 38 years Jan Kennedy of Florida and her dear friend Rosemary Holbrook Fogg of Montana, formerly of Newport.
A memorial service will be held in Derby in mid-July.


Ruby Agnes Mead

Ruby Agnes Mead, 86, of Coventry died June 14, 2009, at her home.
Mrs. Mead was born July 22, 1922, in Lowell, a daughter of Edward John and Sarah Jane (Morse) Sargent.  At age three, she moved to Jay where she attended school up to the eighth grade.
On September 18, 1943, she married Marshall Mead, who predeceased her on May 31, 1983.
She enjoyed cooking for the family, quilting, crocheting, and gardening.  Her family was her life, and she was always willing to give a helping hand to her family and friends when needed.  She loved her dogs and cats that she had over the years.
She is survived by seven children:  Randy Mead and his wife, Dot, of Newport Center, Sarah Moulton and her husband, Jim, of Coventry, Dale Mead of Coventry, Mike Mead and Judy Lucas of Derby, Ida Davio and her husband, Bob, of Newport, John Mead of Coventry and his friend, Donna Labbec, of North Troy, and Neil Mead and his wife, Debbie, of East Charleston; by 24 grandchildren; and by 43 great-grandchildren.  She was predeceased by five children:  Leon, Linda, Mary Anne, Hugh, and Dean; and by 11 siblings.
Funeral services will be held at the Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Home on Darling Hill Road in Newport on Wednesday, June 17, at 11:30 a.m. with the Reverend Fred Barker officiating.  Interment will follow at the North Troy Cemetery.  Friends may call from 10:30 a.m. until the hour of the funeral.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mrs. Mead’s memory may be made to North Country Hospital, Ron Holland MD Community Dialysis Center, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.



Hazel O’Brien
Hazel O’Brien, 56, of North Troy died June 6, 2009, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.
Mrs. O’Brien was born September 29, 1952, in Birmingham, England, a daughter of Sidney and Mabel Jackson.
On September 29, 2007, she married Vincent O’Brien, who survives her.
She was a businesswoman in England in the field of aeronautics.
She enjoyed gardening, and her life work was taking care of her husband, Vincent.
She was very much loved by many people in Scotland and England.
She is also survived by her brother Louis Jackson of England.
A celebration of her life was held June 12 at the Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Memorial Chapel in Newport with the Reverend Robert Castle officiating.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.



Committal Services

Harriet Dean
Committal services for Harriet Dean will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 18, at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.



Virginia Templeton Webber
Committal services for Virginia Templeton Webber will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 20, at the Irasburg Cemetery.


Shirley A. Hawkins
Shirley A. Hawkins, 84, of Derby, who died May 15, 2009, will be interred at Lakeview Cemetery in Wilton, Maine, on June 27 at 2:30 p.m. with the Reverend Kathy Wallace officiating.
Arrangements are by Adams-McFarlane Funeral and Cremation Service in Farmington, Maine.
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