June 3, 2009 Obituaries

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Darlene Jane Carriere (Dixon)


Darlene Jane Carriere (Dixon), 41, of St. Johnsbury died unexpectedly on Friday, May 22, 2009.
Ms. Carriere was born July 15, 1967, a daughter of Geraldine Carriere and Donald Farnsworth and Maurice Carriere.
She graduated from Lake Region Union High School in 1987.
She was a longtime employee of Murphy Realty and the Comfort Inn in St. Johnsbury.
She enjoyed being a wife, mother, sister, and aunt.  She enjoyed playing bingo, going to the ocean, and spending time with her friends.  She spent the majority of her life helping those less fortunate than her.
She was predeceased by her father, Maurice Carriere; and by her lifelong friend Dan Horner.
She is survived by her husband, Dan Dixon; by two children, Kevin Wheeler Jr. and Stacey Wheeler; by two stepchildren, Nicholas and Jacob Dixon; by six siblings:  Neil Carriere of Bristol, Douglas Carriere and his wife, Diane, of Charlestown, New Hampshire, Sharon Sabens and her husband, Kevin, of St. Johnsbury Center, Peter Carriere of Hyde Park, her twin sister Carlene Perry of Lyndonville, and Tony Carriere and his wife, Melody, of Whitefield, New Hampshire; by several nieces and nephews; by stepsisters:  Tina Farnsworth, Chasity Cote, Tracy Stone, Jamie Emery, and Laurie Carpenter; and by many loving friends.
Calling hours will be held June 3 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Pearsons Funeral Home in Lyndonville.  The funeral will be held at the church next door to the funeral home on June 5 at 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made for her children in care of Sharon Sabens, P.O. Box 229, St. Johnsbury Center, Vermont 05863.
Arrangements are by Pearsons Funeral Home.



Glen Strauch Elder


Glen Strauch Elder, 42, of Burlington, Derby, and Montreal, Quebec, died unexpectedly while jogging on Wednesday, May 21, 2009.
Born May 4, 1967, Mr. Elder was South African by birth and deeply loved his homeland.  He received his undergraduate degrees in geography and English from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa.  His master of arts and doctorate degrees in geography were from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts.
He came to the University of Vermont as a visiting assistant professor in 1995.  In 1998, he was appointed assistant professor.  He received tenure and was promoted to associate professor in 2002, and was in the midst of preparing his dossier for consideration for promotion to the rank of full professor this fall.
He was appointed chairman of the Department of Geography in 2005.  He was appointed interim associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in July 2008 and permanent associate dean in March 2009.  His administrative accomplishments were extraordinary.
He was a highly productive scholar.  His most recent research focused on the effects of border policies since 911 on the economic, social, and political realities of border communities — particularly those between Vermont and Quebec.  He was also working on the economic geography of HIV/AIDS in southern Africa.
He was an outstanding teacher and advisor with a deep commitment to innovation in the classroom.  He received the Kroepsch Maurice Teaching Award in 2003 and the Dean’s Lecture Award in 2005.
He was an active member of the University of Vermont and Burlington communities.  His service included co-chairing the President’s Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Equity; faculty representative to the Board of Trustees Committee on Socially Responsible Investing; a member of the United Academics bargaining team; faculty advisor to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, and Questioning Allies student group; and director of the African Studies Program.  He served as board chairman of Vermont Cares and the Samara Foundation of Vermont.
He leaves behind his cherished partner, Michael Conley; and his father, Peter Elder, of Benoni, South Africa.  He was predeceased by his sister Shona Elder; and by his mother, Mavis Elder.
He was a thoroughly good man:  kind, generous, smart, witty, wry, stylish, and creative.  He will be greatly missed.
The immediate services will be private.  A public memorial will be held on the University of Vermont campus in the fall, when Mr. Elder’s students and faculty colleagues will be able to attend.
Memorial contributions may be made to Vermont Cares, 187 St. Paul Street, Burlington, Vermont 05401.



Elizabeth Saltmarsh Harris


Elizabeth Saltmarsh Harris, 96, died peacefully on Wednesday, May 27, 2009, at the Bel-Aire Quality Care Nursing Center Annex in Newport, with family members close by.
Mrs. Harris was born in Lebanon, Indiana, on March 16, 1913, a daughter of Tevis Whitehead Saltmarsh and Alta Mae Paugh Saltmarsh.  After graduation in 1931 from Lebanon High School, she completed her bachelor of arts degree at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, in 1935.
On July 17, 1935, she married Dale Benner Harris, who predeceased her in April 2007.  After their marriage, they moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota, where Mr. Harris became a faculty member of the University of Minnesota.
She was active in the Faculty Women’s Club, the Parent Teacher Association (PTA), and in parent education in the Minneapolis schools.
In 1959, they moved to the Pennsylvania State University in State College, Pennsylvania.  She contributed articles to Parents’ magazine and to study guides for a series of parent education articles published in the PTA magazine.  She co-authored several articles with her husband and served as research assistant for some of his projects.
She and her husband lived in Japan while he was on a Fulbright scholarship.  They spent several months in the Panama Canal Zone, where her husband taught university courses.  Together they traveled to Peru, the British Isles, and Europe for academic and family travels.
They moved to Middletown, Connecticut, in 1995, and then to Newport in 2006, to be closer to their son Geoffrey.
She pursued her lifelong passion of birdwatching while traveling the world, taking family camping trips, and spending summers at a family cabin in northern Minnesota and in Eganville, Ontario.  She published her detailed birding logs in a manuscript, Birds, Here and There.
She wrote and published an autobiography with a Saltmarsh family geneology to celebrate her fiftieth wedding anniversary with her husband.  A second volume was published to update family history through their seventieth wedding anniversary.  She compiled the letters written to her husband during World War II describing her home life with two young children.
She leaves her daughter Ruthann Ovenshire of Minneapolis; three sons and their wives:  James and Kaaren Harris of Willmar, Minnesota, David and Pamela Harris of Minneapolis, and Geoffrey and Shirley Harris of Holland; six grandchildren and their spouses:  Susan and Jon Linser of Lino Lakes, Minnesota, David Harris and Benjamin and Gail Harris of Minneapolis, Wendy Harris and Emily Harris of St. Paul, Minnesota, and Leanne and Nathan Williams of Virginia, Minnesota; three great-grandchildren:  Anneke, Tevis, and Delaney Linser; and Marianne Roessingh van Iterson of Bunnik, Netherlands, who became a valued family member after living with the Harrises during a student exchange from 1958 to 1959, and her family.  She was predeceased by her brother, Elmore Saltmarsh; and by her son-in-law Lee Ovenshire.
Interment at Lakewood Cemetery in Minneapolis will be during a private family gathering.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.



Irene M. Kilby

Irene M. Kilby, 81, died May 21, 2009, in Prescott, Arizona.
Mrs. Kilby was born June 16, 1927, in Derby Line to James and Charlotte (Stevenson) McKee.  She attended Derby Academy and was second in her class for academic achievement.
She married George Kilby on May 11, 1946, and they had three children:  George, Lois, and Robert.  She is survived by her husband of 63 years, George; by her son Robert; by five grandchildren; and by five great-grandchildren.
A celebration of Mrs. Kilby’s life was held May 26 at First Southern Baptist Church in Chino Valley, Arizona, with Pastor Mark Reeder officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Southern Baptist Church, 1524 North Highway 89, Chino Valley, Arizona 86323.
Visit the online guestbook at www.ruffnerwakelin.com.
Raymond L. LaBounty Sr.


Raymond L. LaBounty Sr., 67, of North Danville died at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire, after a period of failing health.
Mr. LaBounty was born in Barton on July 26, 1941, a son of Francis J. and Myrtie (Patrick) LaBounty.  His mother later married John Beaulieu.
He was a home-care provider for the Department of Human Services and took great satisfaction in caring for his clients.  He was one of the first drivers for Rural Community Transportation.  In his younger years he was in business with his brother-in-law Ronald Daigle doing masonry.  He had previously worked at EHV Weidmann.  He and his wife, Leah, ran their own cleaning business.  His family will always remember him answering the phone, “Howdy, howdy!”
He is survived by his wife, Leah (Couture) LaBounty, of North Danville; by four children:  Myrtie Alexander of Bedford, Kentucky, Raymond LaBounty Jr. and Cathy Demers of St. Johnsbury, Beulah Nichols and husband, Jim, of St. Johnsbury, and Lee LaBounty of North Danville; by ten grandchildren:  Jimmy, Darren, Raymond III, Richard, Ross, Kaeleigh, Jake, Kelsea, Jim, and Keith; by one great-granddaughter, Alaina Rae; by his brother Robert LaBounty of Meriden, Connecticut; by four sisters:  Marion Griffin and Beverly LaBounty, who reside at Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton, Pauline Shafer of Bedford, and Rachel Daigle and her husband, Ronald, of Granville, New York; by stepbrother Leo Beaulieu of St. Johnsbury; by nieces and nephews; and by Barbara O’Connell, who made her home, and still does, with the LaBountys.  He was predeceased by two brothers, Kenneth and Richard; and by her sister Dorothy Morgan.
Funeral services were held May 30 at the North Danville Baptist Church with the Reverend Robert H. Sargent officiating.  Committal services followed at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in St. Johnsbury.
Memorial contributions may be made to Danville Rescue, P.O. Box, Danville, Vermont 05828; or to the North Danville Community Club.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.saylesfh.com.
Sayles Funeral home is in charge of arrangements.
Travis John Rancourt


Travis John Rancourt, 20, of Island Pond died May 27, 2009, in Newport.
Mr. Rancourt was born December 21, 1988, in Methuen, Massachusetts, a son of Luc Rancourt and Evelyn Kinney.
He graduated from North Country Union High School in 2007 and was employed at Catalog Retail Marketing International in Newport as a supervisor.
He enjoyed fishing and hunting with his brother and father, playing high school basketball, and cooking.  He enjoyed spending time outdoors and with his family and Pete and Jake.
He was always pleasant, and he always had a smile.  He liked to joke a lot.
He is survived by his parents, Luc Rancourt of St. Johnsbury and Evelyn Kinney of Island Pond; by his sister Kyla Rancourt of Morrisville; by his brother Clint Rancourt of Greenville, New Hampshire; by paternal grandmother, Rachel (Hebert) Rancourt, of West Stewartstown, New Hampshire; and by many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Funeral services were held at St. James Catholic Church in Island Pond May 30 with the Reverend Graig Cheney celebrating a Mass of Christian Burial.  Private interment will be held at the convenience of the family.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mr. Rancourt’s memory may be made to Valley Vista, earmarked for drug treatment programs for teenagers, 23 Upper Plain, Bradford, Vermont 05033.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.



Virgil F. Smith

Virgil F. Smith, 83, of Orleans died May 28, 2009, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.
Mr. Smith was born March 15, 1926, in Newport, a son of Ernest and Gladys (Green) Smith.
On December 26, 1946, he married Charlotte Houghaboom.
He was a manager at the Beacon Feed Store in Orleans.
He was a longtime member of the Orleans Country Club, Union Lodge 106 of Free and Accepted Masons, American Legion Post 23, and the Lions Club, all in Orleans.  He was a member of the Orleans Federated Church and the International Association of Approved Basketball Officials.
He is survived by his wife, Charlotte Smith, of Orleans; by his children, David Smith and his wife, Debbie, of Orleans and Randy Smith and his wife, Pam, of Orleans; by grandchildren:  Aaron Smith and his wife, Janet, of Orleans, Chris Smith and his wife, Shelly, of Irasburg, Corey Smith and his friend, Melissa Fontaine, of Irasburg, Erik Smith of Barton, Sandra Hicks and her husband, Bryon, of Connecticut, and Melissa Durkee and her friend, Greg Madec, of Connecticut; by great-grandchildren:  Christen, Erin, Makenzie, Bronson, Alyssa, Ashlyn, and Andrew; by his brother Kermit Smith and his wife, Gloria, of Newport; and by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was predeceased by his brother Milton Smith; by his sister Erlene Preble; and by his grandson Shawn Smith.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 4, at Orleans Federated Church with the Reverend Carol Borland officiating.  Friends may call from noon at the church on Thursday until the hour of the funeral.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mr. Smith’s memory may be made to the Orleans Food Shelf, in care of Eleanor Willis, 3300 Water Street, Orleans, Vermont 05860.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.



Lawrence Sicard Sr.
Committal services for Lawrence Sicard Sr. will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 6, at Lakeview Cemetery in Westmore.
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