Obituaries August 9, 2017

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Marianne Baker

Marianne “Mimi” Baker, 83, of Derby, beloved wife of Stanley Baker, died on August 5, 2017, in Newport.

She was born on May 18, 1934, in Peterborough, New Hampshire, to the late Richard and Elizabeth (Schofield) Marshall.

She graduated from Peterborough High School and then went on to attend Lyndon State College for three years, and later graduated from Keene State College with a bachelor’s degree in education.

On June 12, 1956, she married Stanley Baker who survives her.

She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Retired Teachers Association. She loved working in her gardens, reading, camping, and exercise.

She is survived by her children: Beth Bouffard and her husband, David, of Newport, Ellen Bickford and her companion, Lyle, of Newport, and Alan Baker and his wife, Cindy, of Sheffield; her grandchildren: Jessica Bartlett and her husband, Jason, of Chapman, Maine, Sarah Heimreid and her husband, Tom, of Boston, Massachusetts, Aaron Baker of California, Melissa Perrault and her husband, Nick, of Jay, Ben Bouffard of Arlington, Virginia, Tom Bouffard and his wife, Ali, of Lincoln, Rhode Island, Michael Bickford of Newport, Phillip Bickford of Bellevue, Nebraska, and Christopher Baker of Sheffield. She is also survived by her great-grandchildren: Olivia and Samuel Perrault, Harper Bouffard, Laura Bickford, and Amelia and Marshall Bartlett, her siblings: Betsy Woodard and her husband, Frank, of Hartwell, Georgia, Lynn Boudolf of Charleston, South Carolina, and Roberta Raynor of Charleston; her daughter-in-law Ann Lafoe and her husband, Richard, of Derby; her sister-in-law Carol Marshall; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents; her son Kevin Baker; and by her two brothers John and Sam Marshall.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, August 12, at 1 p.m., at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, located at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport.

Friends may call at the funeral home on the day of the service from noon up until the hour of the service.

Memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Baker’s memory to a charity of one’s choosing.

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Therese R. Metras

Therese R. Metras, 86, of Orleans, died on August 5, 2017, at her home.

She was born on November 28, 1930, in Newport Center, a daughter of Delma and Marie (Moquin) Metras.

Ms. Metras always enjoyed playing cards and games and putting puzzles together with family and friends. She also enjoyed listening to music and swinging on the front yard swing.

She is survived by her sisters: Anna Nichols of Charlton, Massachusetts, Eva Domijan of West Brookfield, Massachusetts, Jeanne Fortin of West Hartford, Connecticut, Rita Lantagne and her husband, Francis Sr., of Newport, Lucie Metras of Orleans, and Alice Metras and her husband, Ronald McKinney, of Lyndonville; and by several nieces, nephews, and cousins. She is also survived by those who have taken care of her for many years. The family is especially grateful to Jane and Bridgette.

Ms. Metras was predeceased by her sisters: Cecile Gaboriault, Irene Innie, and Madeline Goodsell; and by her brothers: Rene, Moise, and Onil Metras.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, August 10, at 1 p.m., at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home at 37 Lake Road in Newport, with the Reverend Timothy Naples officiating. Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the St. Mary’s Catholic Church Repair Fund, 191 Clermont Terrace, Newport, Vermont, 05855, or to the Orleans Area Special Olympics, 16 Gregory Drive, Suite 2, South Burlington, Vermont 05403.

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Nicholas R. Miller

Nicholas R. Miller, 22, of Irasburg, beloved son of Arjay Miller and Bobbie Jo Roberts McManus, died suddenly on July 29, 2017, in Lowell.

He was born on April 3, 1995, in Newport.

Corporal Miller was an outdoors enthusiast. He loved anything to do with the outdoors — hiking, fishing, hunting, kayaking, snowmobiling, snowboarding, dirt biking, rock-climbing, four-wheeling, and any extreme sport. He loved the adrenaline rush, and it was all or nothing for him. He also enjoyed working on trucks, whether it was his own or anybody else’s truck. He wasn’t happy unless he was covered in grease or mud.

Corporal Miller had a heart of gold. He would help anyone whether they knew him or not. Any hour of the day you could call him, and he would be right there. He always had a huge grin on his face. He was the rock no matter what the situation was; he would pick up a person’s spirits and reassure them that everything would be okay. He always made people confident that it was going to be okay. He was the role model for all his siblings and cousins; everyone looked up to him, and he would give you the shirt off his back. He loved to share his stories of all his adventures. He was so full of life and lived it to the fullest.

He is survived by his mother, Bobbie Jo Roberts McManus; his father, Arjay Miller; his stepfather, Christopher McManus; his stepmother, Karen Miller; his brother Trevor Miller; his sister Harlee Miller; his stepbrothers Bailey McManus and Austin and Landen Durocher; his maternal grandparents Rene Roberts and the late Connie Roberts; his paternal grandparents Russell and Judy Miller; his aunts and uncles Mike Miller and Ashley Fisk and Lorie and Jimmy Labounty; his step-uncle Lars McManus; by his cousins Alex and Dustin Labounty; his step-grandparents Jude and Ursula Smith; his step-paternal grandparents Richard and Liz Handy; by Effie Brown (who was like a grandmother to him); and by his maternal great-grandmother Dorothy and the late Lawrence Mason.

He was predeceased by his Uncle Gilles.

He was a loving son, brother, grandson, nephew, and friend. He will be missed by everyone who has ever met him. He has touched many lives from Vermont to California.

He entered the Marine Corps on July 29, 2013. He was doing a five-year tour. He loved his brothers in arms. He also had a passion to enter the military and serve his country since he was a little boy. He left this world doing what he loved, with all his close friends.

A celebration of life took place on Sunday, August 6, at the Irasburg Common and Town Hall with full military honors.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Corporal Miller’s memory to Community National Bank, CPC Nicholas Miller Scholarship Fund, 4811 U.S. Route 5, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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James K. Ready

 James K. Ready, age 85 died on March 5, 2017, in Sun City Center, Florida.

He was born in Albany, New York, a son of the late James C. and Ellen (Kellogg) Ready. As an infant he moved with his parents, who were native Vermonters, to Rutland. He graduated from Christ the King Elementary School and Mount St. Joseph Academy in Rutland, and earned his bachelor’s degree from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Following completion of his master’s degree at Catholic University of America in Washington D.C., he served in the U.S. Navy as an associate editor of The Naval Aviation News, stationed at the Pentagon. When the National Aeronautics and Space Administration was organized in Washington in 1958, he was recruited to serve in the Public Information Office and was responsible for overseeing the dissemination of news and publicity for a variety of satellite and missile launches including the TIROS and ECHO weather and communications projects.

Mr. Ready spent the next several years at Aerospace Corp. in El Segundo, California, where he served as director of news and special projects. From 1970 until his retirement in 1993, he headed the Public Information Office at the university of the Virgin Islands headquarters in St. Thomas.

He is survived by his brother Michael J. Ready and his wife, Geraldine; and by close friends Elaine Carbonneau and Ann Killian Torpey.

A graveside service will be held on August 15 at 1 p.m. at the Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond.

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Mark P. Stevens

Mark P. Stevens, 56, of Brownington died suddenly on July 31, 2017, at his home. He was born on August 8, 1961, in Westmore to Hiram and Noreen (Clark) Stevens.

Mr. Stevens was a member and trustee of the Westmore Community Church for many years. He enjoyed woodworking, gardening, and also working with horses and cows.

He is survived by his nephews: Dana Stevens and his wife, Amanda, of Brownington, and William Stevens of Glover; by his grand-nieces: Ava Stevens of Brownington, and Emmy, Lydia, Shane, Cayden, and Cotter Stevens; and by his sister-in-law Lila Stevens of Brownington.

He was predeceased by his parents, Hiram and Noreen Clark, and by his brother Fred Stevens on November 22, 2016.

Funeral services were held on August 6 at the Westmore Community Church with the Reverend Martha Peck officiating.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Westmore Community Church, 27 Hinton Hill Road, Westmore, Vermont 05860, or to the Northeast Kingdom Coon and Cat Club in care of Elisha Smith, 1377 Shadow Lake Road, Concord, Vermont 05824.

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Toni-Jo Wikar

Toni-Jo Wikar, 74, of Derby, died on August 3, 2017, at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire, after a long illness.

She was born on September 1, 1942, in Fort Snelling, Minnesota, to Gerald and Adelaidi (Blom) Olson.

She received her education at St. Paul Catholic High School in Whittier, California.

Mrs. Wikar is survived by her two sons: John Stewart and his wife, Amy, of Bennington, and Daniel Hall of North Bennington; by her daughter Susan Zagorski and her husband, Rob, of Whittier; her sister Roxanne Veazey and her husband, Tom, of Seaside, Oregon; her two grandchildren: Michael and Marcus Hall of Bennington; and her best friend, and love of her life, her husband, Tony Wikar, of Derby.

She was predeceased by her son Tom Hall in 1982.

She was employed at Mount Anthony High School as a librarian for many years and was very well read.

She loved life, loved her dogs: Pepper, Peanuts, Oscar, and Prince, which she and her husband recently lost.

She loved going to the China Moon in Derby on Saturdays with her “darlin’” husband as a date, loved her day lilies, lilac trees, and their beautiful vegetable garden.

Mrs. Wikar was a longtime member of the Red Hat Society in Newport, along with being an avid collector of cookbooks and cookie jars of all kinds.

Her specialty was her delicious tacos, which everyone loved. She would often have “taco fiestas” with her family accompanied by mariachi music and beautiful sombreros that she collected.

She was a very kind hearted, thoughtful, compassionate, loving woman who cherished her family as well as a group of very kind supportive neighbors. She will be very missed and forever in our hearts.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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