November 11, 2009 Obituaries
Doris M. Jordan
Doris M. Jordan, 89, of Morgan died and went to be with the Lord in Heaven on November 7, 2009.
Mrs. Jordan was born December 30, 1919, in Watertown, New York, a daughter of Edwin M. and Esther Crosier Hughes. She was raised in Utica, New York, and graduated from Utica Free Academy. In 1983 she attended the New York State College of Home Economics at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.
She was employed as a dietician at Utica Hospital until June 8, 1941, when she married Dr. Clarence A. Jordan. They established a veterinary practice in Newport in August 1941. She actively assisted him in his medical practice there for 21 years and for another 25 years after they moved to their farm in Morgan in 1962.
Her husband predeceased her on April 24, 1987.
She served as a 4-H leader of two Newport clubs for a number of years, teaching cooking, sewing, crafts, and leadership skills to many Newport area girls.
She was a member of the Morgan United Church and the Morgan Circle of Friends.
She especially enjoyed her family, her 11 grandchildren, and her 16 great-grandchildren.
An appreciation of music enhanced her life. She occasionally served as organist at the Morgan United Church. Some of her grandchildren have fond memories of her playing the piano and teaching them songs when they were children.
Her son James Jordan of Morgan and his wife, Sharlyn, survive her, and they operate the farm in Morgan. She is survived by five daughters: Carol Pare of Clearwater Beach, Florida, Janice Jordan Rosenberger of Newport, Kathleen Audet Provost and her husband, Donald, of Barre, Joan DuMoulin and her husband, Brian, of Stanstead, Quebec, and Jean Jordan of Morgan; and by her brother Orval Hughes of Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, November 11, at the Morgan United Church with the Reverend Mike Desena and the Reverend John Genco officiating. Interment will take place in Blooming Grove Cemetery in North Greenbush, New York.
Should friends desire, contributions in Mrs. Jordan’s memory may be made to the Frontier Animal Society, 502 Strawberry Acres Road, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to Coutts-Moriarty Camp, P.O. Box 565, Derby, Vermont 05829.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home web site at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.
Frederic “Fred ” Whitcher King
Frederic “Fred ” Whitcher King, 87, died at his home in Lyme, New Hampshire, on Monday, November 2, 2009.
Mr. King was born in Barton on January 4, 1922, the eldest of six children of Walter and Doris (Whitcher) King. He grew up in West Glover, where his elementary school years were completed at the Wright School. After graduating from Barton Academy, he worked on the family farm.
He met his future wife, Catherine Doyle, when she started teaching at the Wright School. They married July 6, 1943, in Albany.
He was employed by Clarence Young in West Glover and later by Hackett Farms in Derby Line. While employed by Mr. Hackett, he had the opportunity to hone his carpentry skills and, after moving to West Burke, he started working for himself as a carpenter. When work was hard to find in the Northeast Kingdom, the family moved to the Upper Valley where he found employment with Blair Construction and subsequently with Millard Uline.
In 1959, he started his own construction business and built numerous homes and barns in the area. He was a selectman of Lyme from 1967 to 1973.
During his children’s growing years, he was a staunch supporter of their activities in music, sports, drama, and academics. As his family expanded, he welcomed gathering the family for holiday celebrations and reunions.
He enjoyed deer hunting and was an avid snowmobiler for many years. In 2002, the New Hampshire Snowmobile Association honored him with its Groomer of the Year Award in recognition of the hours he’d spent preparing trails for the enjoyment of other snowmobile enthusiasts.
He and his wife frequented many of the area’s town dances. He enjoyed gardening, camping, exploring back roads, and playing card games with family and friends. He appreciated being able to view deer, turkeys, and bear from the rural home where he resided for almost 60 years.
He was predeceased by his wife of 65 years in January; by his parents; and by his sisters: Janice Butler, Barbara Perron Kinsley, Carolyn Perron, and Sherry Perron Muller. He is survived by his children: Nancy Fellows of Hopkinton, New Hampshire, Martha Jones of Manassas Park, Virginia, Cynthia Baggett of Alexandria, Virginia, Sandra Simkulet of Andover, Kansas, Stephen King of Tolland, Connecticut, Colleen King of Lebanon, New Hampshire, and Susan Unsworth of Sunapee, New Hampshire; by his 12 grandchildren; by eight great-grandchildren; by his brother and sister-in-law Donald and Harriet King of West Glover; and his brother-in-law Arland Butler of Irasburg.
In his memory, his family encourages sharing the enjoyment of a good story or the exploration of an unfamiliar roadway.
A funeral was held at the First Baptist Church of Lyme Center November 7 with burial to follow in the Highland Cemetery in Lyme.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Visiting Nurses Association and Hospice of Vermont and New Hampshire, P.O. Box 976, White River Junction, Vermont 05001-0976; or the West Glover Congregational Church, in care of Sarah Stevens, treasurer, 16 Davio Place, West Glover, Vermont 05875.
Elizabeth “Betty” LaFountain
Elizabeth “Betty” LaFountain, 60, died peacefully at Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton on November 6, 2009, after a long, courageous battle with cancer.
Mrs. LaFountain was born at Cottage Hospital in Barton on September 17, 1949, a daughter of Winston and Ernestine (Wright) Dewing.
She is survived by her sisters: Janice Conley and her husband, Bruce, of Glover, Mary Ann Landry and her husband, Ronald, of Orleans, Lorraine Reeves and her husband, Larry, of Canon City, Colorado, and Barbara Wing and her husband, Albert, of Madison, Florida; by her brothers Brian Dewing and his wife, Nancy, of Coventry and Stephen Dewing and his wife, Lori, of North Troy; by her stepfather, Jesse Conley Sr., of Orleans; by many nieces and nephews; and by her special friends Janet, Becky, Bev, and others. She was predeceased by her parents.
A private service will be held at the convenience of the family.
Donna J. Robishaw
Donna J. Robishaw, 58, of Derby died suddenly on Sunday, November 8, 2009, after a courageous fight against chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and emphysema.
Mrs. Robishaw was born July 30, 1951, in Ipswich, Massachusetts, a daughter of Louis E. Nadeau and Patricia Barber.
She graduated from Newport High School in 1969. On July 7, 1977, she married Joseph L. Robishaw.
She worked for Bel-Aire Quality Care Nursing Center for 12 years and then Northeast Kingdom Human Services, where she celebrated 20 years of service last year. She was a dedicated person who loved what she did and excelled in her profession, which was more than just a career — it was her life’s mission. Her fellow employees and the staff members she supervised respected and admired her. More importantly, the individuals her program served loved her.
As a child she studied tap dance. Her love for dance never ended, and she gained immense joy by watching her grandchildren, nieces, and friends at dance recitals. For two years she took lessons at the North Country School of Dance and performed at its annual dance recital.
As a young woman she rode and showed horses in gymkhana competitions. She was a very talented and successful horse rider.
As the children around her became interested in electronics, she purchased her own Nintendo 64, researched each game, and enjoyed being able to sit and really play with them. She would spend hours with the kids, her husband, and best friend until she finally mastered each game.
She especially enjoyed gardening and had a special talent for making everything around her look beautiful. Her flower gardens were the envy of all her neighbors. She loved working outside in her gardens and sharing her perennials with friends and family. She was an excellent cook and took great pride in knowing her grandchildren always looked forward to Grammy Donna’s kielbasa and banana bread at every family get-together.
Her true passion in life was spending time with her family. She had hundreds of friends who were also considered family to her. She was front and center at every hockey, soccer and basketball game, dance recital, school concert, and awards assembly. She was their biggest fan and traveled miles and miles to watch every game. She made it her life focus to ensure that everyone around her was happy and knew how important they were to her.
She is survived by her husband of 32 years, Joseph; by their children: Aimee Bonin of Derby, Joanna Robishaw of Derby, David Robishaw and his wife, Allison, of Newport, Pam Croft of Ohio, and Beth Corliss of Newport; by her grandchildren: Jessica and Jennifer Robishaw, Ellis and Joseph Rushford, Michelle Provencher, Ashley Robishaw, Daniel Corliss, Rochelle, Nicole, Kayla, and Garrett Croft; by two great-grandchildren, Dezirae Brault and Braelynn Stevens; by her mother, Patricia Lezon, of Newport; by her stepmother, Marilyn Nadeau, of Coventry; by her stepgrandmother Alma Blay of Coventry; by her mother-in-law, Barbara Robishaw, of Derby; by her brother Richard Cook of Massachusetts; by her sisters: Rachael Cook of Newport, Gina Kahlstrom and her husband, David, of Newport, Christina Montminy of Coventry, Ginny Gray and her companion, Nate Kelley, of Newport Center, and Tina Nadeau of Connecticut; by several special nieces, nephews, and great-nieces; and by special friends Deb Cogan, her husband, John, and their daughters Danielle and Gabrielle.
She was predeceased by her father, Louis Nadeau; by her brother Louis Nadeau II; by her grandson David “D.J.” Robishaw Jr.; and by her granddaughter Keisha Corliss.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Home on Darling Hill Road in Newport on Thursday, November 12. Funeral services will be held at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Derby Line on Friday at 10 a.m. Interment will take place at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Global Campus Foundation, an organization with which she worked closely that benefits disabled individuals, in care of Deb Cogan, Northeast Kingdom Human Services, P.O. Box 724, 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.
Lucy Annette Sample