Obituaries August 23, 2017

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Wendy Louise Therrien Carter

Wendy Louise (Therrien) Carter, 54, of Newport, died peacefully on August 11, 2017, at her home surrounded by her family.

She was born on July 13, 1963, in Newport, to Andre and Wilma (Sargent) Therrien. She married Michael Carter on May 15, 1999, who survives her. She is also survived by her children: Heather Matten, Justin Matten and wife, Nicole, Brianna Matten Carter, John Carter and wife, Christine, and Jennifer Stephenson and her husband, Rob; and her grandchildren: Jaymen, Nathaniel, Brooklynne, Alexandra, Jordyn, Aspen, Lilly, Brandon, Bailey, Bryce, Briley, Madison, and Peyton. She is also survived by her siblings: Mark Therrien, Kevin Therrien and his wife, Jana, Craig Therrien and his wife, Stacey, and Rebecca Therrien; by several aunts and uncles; and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her granddaughter Kaylynne Matten; and her grandparents Hugh and Louise Sargent, and Leo and Simone Therrien.

After graduating from North Country Union High School in 1981, Ms. Carter started her family. Her biggest joy in life was spending time with them, whether it was vacationing in Maine, snowmobiling, four-wheeling, fishing, hunting, boating, or spending time at the family sugarhouse. She was always active with her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed gardening, canning, crocheting, baking, and spending time with her Hoagie’s family that she shared the last 16 years with, especially her best friend Rita Wheeler. Ms. Carter brought so much love and joy to all that knew her, but most of all her husband, Michael.

A celebration of life was held at her home on August 21, with Father Dwight Baker officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that people please make donations to the Halo Foundation, 1073 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.


Sebastian Chase Emerson

Sebastian Chase Emerson, beloved infant son of Kelsey Davis and Jason Emerson of Orleans, died suddenly on August 11, 2017.

He was born in Newport on June 8, 2017.

He is survived by his parents, Kelsey Davis and Jason Emerson; by his siblings: Jesse James and Nicholas Medina of Sutton, and Kaylee Emerson and Alexis Emerson of Coventry; by his paternal grandparents Wayne and Lisa Emerson of North Troy; maternal grandparents Maureen Gonyaw of Barton, and James Davis Jr. of Lyndonville; and by his paternal great-grandparents Lillian and James Davis of Cheshire, Connecticut; by his aunt and uncle Christy and Brian Kirsh of Troy; by his aunt Kirby Davis of Coventry; by his Uncle Mitchell Gonyaw of Barton; by his uncle and aunt Jason and Maritza Nadeau of Southington, Connecticut, and by numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He was predeceased by his paternal grandmother Beverly Emerson.

Funeral services were held at on August 17 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport. Should friends desire, contributions in Sebastian’s memory may be made to Go Fund Me under Jason Emerson’s name.

These are my footprints so perfect and small.

These tiny footprints never touched the ground at all.

Not one tiny footprint for now I have wings.

These tiny footprints were meant for other things.

You will hear my tiny footprints in the patter of rain.

Gentle drops like angel’s tears of joy and not from pain.

You will see my tiny footprints in each butterflies’ lazy dance.

I’ll let you know I’m with you if you just give me the chance.

You will see my tiny footprints in the rustle of the leaves.

I will whisper names in the wind and call each one that grieves.

Most of all, these tiny footprints are found on

Mommy and Daddy’s hearts.

‘Cause even though I’m gone now, We’ll never truly part.

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Donald A. Verge

Donald A. Verge, 60, of North Troy, died at his home on August 9, 2017.

He was born April 10, 1957, to Wilfred and Blanche (Mason) Verge who both predeceased him.

He is survived by his sister Linda Santaw and her companion, Reginald Carpenter, of North Troy; his nephews: Shawn Santaw and his wife, Heidi, and their children: Abbie and TJ, Marc Santaw and his wife, Tira, and their children Kara, and her fiancé, Aaron Lemieux, and Ally of North Troy; by his brother-in-law Paul Santaw of North Troy; and by many nieces, cousins, and friends.

Mr. Verge loved his “bright yellow flamed Harley-Davidson” and went on many rides with his friends. He worked as a mechanic for many years, and as a metal fabricator.

At the request of his family there will be no services.

Friends may call at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home located at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport, on Friday, August 25, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. for those wishing to pay their respects.

Following the gathering there will be a ride-in, in his memory.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to help defray funeral costs may be made to the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 37 Lake Road, Newport, Vermont 05855, or to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, Virginia 22312.

Online condolences may be shared at


Esther Nellie Shover Watson

Esther Nellie Shover Watson, 101, died August 13, 2017, at Pinnacle Health and Rehab in Canton, Maine, where she had resided since 2011.

She was born in Troy, on January 4, 1916, the daughter of Claude Smith and Ruth Edmunds. Her first husband was Clarence Shover. They separated in 1952 and in 1953 she moved to Rumford, Maine, and married Phil Arsenault. After Mr. Arsenault died she married Roy Watson, a former schoolmate from Vermont.

Mrs. Watson drove a school bus for many years while living in Vermont. She was never without knitting needles and an abundant supply of yarn from which she made hundreds of pairs of mittens, toques, and socks, which she always gave away. During World War II she served as a volunteer air raid warden in a converted bandstand on the common in Irasburg. She also folded bandages for the wounded service men and women and assembled mattresses for their bunks.

After moving to Maine, she worked as a stitcher in a shoe shop in Livermore, and later was employed by The Yard Goods Store in Rumford for many years, and took home mending as well.

Survivors include three sons: Richard Shover Sr. and his wife Patricia, Perley Shover and his wife Shirley, and Lawrence Shover; one daughter Rachel Leckey and her husband, James; and many nieces and nephews.

She also leaves her grandchildren: Richard Jr., Douglas, Alan, Laurie, Deborah, Kevin and Michelle Shover, and Kevin and Glen Jamison; great-grandchildren: Benjamin and Zachary Cross, Justin, Monika, Benjamin, Andrew, Samatha, Matthew, and Kyle Shover, Adam Blodgett-Shover, Chelsea and Krista Vattes, Danielle, Jonathan, Aaron, and Katelyn Jamison; and her step-great-grandson Aaron White; great-great-grandchildren: Christin Sparks, Ivan Hills, Lucas and Caleb Shover, Sophia, Killian, and Arya Jamison; and step-great-great- granddaughter Harley Newman.

She was predeceased by a brother Wallace Smith; and four sisters: Helen Bessette, Charlotte Bousquet, Margaret Sheltra, and Lucy Bousquet; and by a granddaughter Kathy Shover.

Mrs. Watson was a member of the Village Scrappers Quilting Group, the New Norlands Grange #508, and Wayside Baptist Church in Livermore, Maine.

Funeral services were held on August 18, at the Wayside Baptist Church in Livermore. Interment was held at St. John Cemetery in Rumford.

In lieu of flowers, people may make contributions in her memory to Pinnacle Health and Rehab, 26 Pleasant Street, Canton, Maine 04221, or to the Wayside Baptist Church, P.O. Box 479, Livermore, Maine 04253.

Friends are invited to sign the family register book and share their thoughts, condolences, and fond memories online at

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