Obituaries February 21, 2018
Tierney “Raven” Campbell
In the early hours of February 11, 2018, Tierney “Raven” Campbell, 28, died suddenly and unexpectedly.
Born in Greenbrae, California, Ms. Campbell made the cross-country move with the rest of her family to Connecticut in 1993. After many milestones, including becoming a big sister, over 13 years, the family moved again to Orleans. Here in the Northeast Kingdom was where she made her home.
After graduating from Lake Region Union High School, she found the love of her life, Jeff. Through all of life’s trials and tribulations, the two married in October 2015, with a memorable wedding. She had never been as happy in her life as she was the day they shared their vows.
She leaves behind a wonderful husband who was her other half, and whom she adored completely. And though they did not have any children, she had a fur baby, their precious pitbull Floki. She leaves both of her parents, Kimberly and Scott Campbell; and both of her husband’s parents, Jenifer and Don Furbush. She also leaves both of her older brothers: Iain Campbell and his wife, Amanda, and their children: Mackenzie and Elizabeth Campbell, and Alden Campbell and his partner, Olivia Franko, and their children: Eleanor and Eoin Campbell. She also leaves her younger sister-in-law Jerrica Gaudreau; and her younger sister Morgan Campbell. She also leaves behind several aunts, uncles, and cousins. Ms. Campbell will be missed terribly by everyone who knew and loved her.
She was an incredibly kind person, who would help anyone who needed it. She was a truly beautiful young woman. She looked past the outside of people to see who they were on the inside, which led her to meet a lot of interesting people and some good friends in her life. She was a pillar of strength and stability for most in her life, helping people with a natural gift of understanding.
Instead of flowers, she would have preferred to have donations made to either the University of Vermont Medical Center’s Transplant department, or to a pitbull rescue organization of one’s choice. Another way to honor her would be to register to be an organ donor. About 20 people die every day waiting for an organ donation. Donation was very close to her and her family due to the fact that her father received a new kidney, and a new lease on life, in April of 2015.
Robert L. Gray
Robert L. Gray, 81, of East Charleston, died of a heart attack on February 9, 2018, at North Country Hospital.
He was born on May 14, 1936, to Robert E. and Mamie (Uttin) Gray. He grew up in West Charleston and spent most of his years in Charleston and nearby.
Mr. Gray served in the U.S. Army in the mid-fifties, and worked on farms most of his life until his retirement. He always loved animals and said he missed the cows once he retired. He kept busy raising bantam chickens (and giving away the eggs), following the Red Sox and reading the Bible. He also enjoyed feeding the wild birds, going for rides, and his cat Cindy. He was never afraid of hard work, and was always ready to lend a hand if he could.
He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Margaret “Peggy” Cheney Gray; and his sisters: Eleanor Tyler of Derby and Marilyn Meleleu of Ludlow, Massachusetts; as well as many nieces and nephews. Also surviving him are his wife’s son Paul Sloan; her daughter Mary Greenwood; and her granddaughter Mika Drake and her husband, Corey, with whom he had a very special relationship.
He was predeceased by his sisters: Helen Smith, Thelma Jennings, and Ruth Gelineau.
A graveside service will be held in the spring. For those who wish, donations in his memory may be made to the Charleston Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 106, East Charleston, Vermont 05833. Online condolences can be shared at curtis-britch.com.
Ruby Josephine Petelle Jenness
Ruby Josephine Petelle Jenness, 96, died on February 8, 2018, while visiting her daughter Kenni in Florida.
She was born on August 28, 1921, in Holland, to Josephine Olive Provencha and John Francis Petelle. She was one of eight children who lived to maturity, the oldest of four girls. Her sister Vera is the sole survivor.
Mrs. Jenness began her education at the Church School in Holland. Her insatiable thirst for education led her to board in Derby so she could attend high school at Derby Academy and again in Lyndon to attend Lyndon Normal School. It was during her walk to school in Lyndon that her lifelong love saw her and determined to make her his wife; however, his National Guard unit was activated during World War II and shipped west before that happened. Not one to give up so easily, then Ms. Petelle traveled across the country by bus to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, where she married Kenneth Leo Jenness on July 15, 1942. When Mr. Jenness was deployed overseas, she returned to Holland with their first child to stay with her parents. She was persuaded to teach in the same rural school from which she had graduated in 1936. In this rural, one-room schoolhouse she taught all eight grades, including her own younger sister Erma. In the interests of family tranquility, they decided early on that, “What happened in school, stayed in school.”
Mrs. Jenness followed her husband to military assignments in Munich, Germany, and Okinawa, Japan, as well as Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Virginia, and South Carolina. During that time, they had five more children and she continued her formal education. While on Okinawa, she attended the University of Maryland Extension Program and founded a preschool long before they were common. She finally received a bachelor’s degree in 1968 from Lyndon State College, and a master’s degree in education and counseling in 1970 from the University of Massachusetts.
For 15 years Mrs. Jenness was a counselor at Brattleboro Union High School. After their second retirement, Mr. and Mrs. Jenness moved to Morgan where they built a large family home on the shores of their beloved Lake Seymour. The house burned down in December 2003. At 82, she acted as general contractor to get a new log house built on the same site. They enjoyed square dancing and were both involved in community affairs. Mrs. Jenness was a founding member of the Morgan Historical Society and of the women’s group that has evolved into the Circle of Friends. She had a passion for ancient roads and walked or rode horseback over many of them in the Morgan area.
Having an insatiable curiosity about the world, Mr. and Mrs. Jenness traveled extensively in Europe, as well as to Mexico, Hong Kong, Nepal, India, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, and Kenya (where they hiked Mount Kenya). They also made several trips to Alaska and extensively toured the state. Mrs. Jenness hiked the entire Long Trail (finishing at age 78), visited all the towns in Vermont, and hiked the 100 highest mountains in the state. She was traveling in Egypt in 2010 when the Arab Spring revolution broke out and persuaded her host to take her to Tahrir Square so she could get a better look.
She maintained an active lifestyle until her death. She loved the outdoors and was an avid swimmer, kayaker, and downhill skier. After Mr. Jenness, her other great love was Lake Seymour. She could often be found in her kayak on the lake as dawn broke — unless there was too much ice! She especially loved foggy mornings on the lake.
She is survived by six children: Sonia M. Stockard and her husband, Walter, of Alexandria, Virginia; Karen O. McCormack and her husband, Frank, of Pickens, South Carolina; Kenni E. Freire and her husband, Paul, of Clearwater, Florida; Michael J. Jenness and Barbara Peterson of Palm Harbor, Florida; Krystal R. Jenness of Fairfax, and Matthew T. Jenness and his wife, Donna, of Southbury, Connecticut; and her sister Vera Grant of Bradford; as well as 14 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. Her husband of more than 72 years, Kenneth, predeceased her on February 20, 2015.
A funeral service for Mrs. Jenness and interment for both she and her husband are planned for July 15, 2018, in Morgan.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Morgan Historical Society, P.O. Box 113, Morgan, Vermont 05853.
Clarence Pliny Libby
Clarence Pliny Libby, 86, died peacefully in the town of Newport on February 17, surrounded by his family.
He was born on December 21, 1931, in Barton, to the late Carlos and Vera (Fairbrother) Libby. Nicknamed “Tink” he graduated from Barton Academy in 1949, and Massachusetts College of Pharmacy on June 4, 1958. On June 1, 1957, he married Donnie Marie Matthews, who survives him. He was being cared for by his family when he died.
Mr. Libby was known by many in the community for being the owner of The East Side Pharmacy on East Main Street in Newport. He purchased the drug store in the early 1960s and moved the business to the North Country Hospital Medical Arts Building in 1983. In September of 1976, he received the Bowl of Hygieia award for “outstanding community service and pharmacy” from A.H. Robbins. He attempted to retire in 1993 when he sold the pharmacy, but had such a passion for his life’s work as a pharmacist that he accepted a part-time position at Brown’s Drug Store in Derby Line. He continued his love for helping to heal others with his vast knowledge of medicine until he finally chose to retire at the age of 79, to spend more time with the love of his life.
Mr. Libby served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, and earned the National Defense Service Medal while serving in Panama, guarding the canal. He was honorably discharged on December 18, 1953.
After moving to Newport in 1959, he served the community in various ways as a member of Kiwanis, a Cub and Boy Scout Leader, and a faithful church attender at the United Church of Newport. In 1994 he became a member at the Grace Brethren Church of Irasburg where he served as a deacon.
Mr. Libby loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren, whenever possible. He had a passion for flying (he was part owner of the Gray Ghost airplane), playing tennis, hiking, snowshoeing, alpine and cross-country skiing, and especially loved swimming in the ocean, at Crystal Lake, and in his own backyard. He will be remembered most as a servant who loved to help others. He enjoyed the snow, and will be fondly remembered for snow-blowing neighborhood driveways — a gift he was still giving this past January.
The family wished to express their thanks and appreciation for all those who participated in keeping Mr. and Mrs. Libby living independently in their own home for as long as possible.
He is survived by his loving wife, Donnie Marie (Matthews) Libby, of Newport; and his five children: Scott M. Libby and his wife, Monica, of Newport, Sally Libby-Baldwin and her husband, Bill Baldwin, of Underhill, Barbara Jean (Libby) Dagesse and her husband, Paul, of St. Petersburg, Florida, Kathryn M. Libby and Keith K. Banning of Helena, Montana, and Joanna Libby Kinsey and her husband, Earl, of South Albany. He is also survived by 13 grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his brother Walter Libby; and his parents Carlos and Vera Libby.
Friends may call at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, located at 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport on Thursday, February 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. A memorial service will be held at the Grace Brethren Church in Irasburg, at the junction of Routes 5 and 14 near Coventry, on Friday, February 23, at 11 a.m. Interment will be held in the spring with full military honors.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Mr. Libby’s memory may be made to the Grace Brethren Church of Irasburg, P.O. Box 41, Coventry, Vermont 05825.
Online condolences may be shared at www.curtis-britch.com.
Gerard Albert Perrault
Gerard Albert Perrault, 90, of Irasburg, died peacefully at his home on February 15, 2018, surrounded by his family.
He was born April 9, 1927, in Irasburg, the son of Doris and Antoinette (Brasseur) Perrault. On October 2, 1950, he married Angeline Desjardins, who predeceased him on September 10, 2012. They celebrated 61 beloved years of marriage.
He was the proud father of eight daughters, as well as a loving husband. He was a dedicated farmer for most of his life. “Gerry” and “Angie” operated their dairy farm on the Lake Region Road for 43 years. After auctioning the family farm in 1988 and retiring from farming, he could either be found in his garden planting and harvesting vegetables, or downstairs in his workshop working on various projects. He also spent many springs in his sugarhouse making maple syrup. He was the true definition of a tough, hard-working Vermonter.
He is survived by his eight daughters: Lucille and her husband, David Lawes, of Barton, Joanne and her husband, Richard Dealy, of Sandwich, Massachusetts, Denise and her husband, Alan Turner, of Newport, Carmen and her husband, Christopher Gage, of Orleans, Marie and her husband, Albert Beaudry, of Albany, Estelle and her husband, Thomas Nelson, of Essex, Lisa and her husband, Bruce Quigley, of Biddeford, Maine, and Gisele “Gigi” and her husband, Randy Poginy, of Barton; and by his 19 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sisters: Jeanette Poulin, Theresa Fortin, and Yvette Bruneau; by his sisters-in-law: Marie-Paul Perrault, Theresa Perrault, Jeannette Auger of Florida, Paulette Lebrun of Florida, Mona Brousseau and her husband, Guy, of Florida, and Mary Jane Denney of North Carolina; and by his brothers-in-law: James Baker, Roland Desjardins of Florida, Roger Desjardins and his wife, Barbara, of Florida, and Hubert Desjardins of Barton.
He was predeceased by his brothers Donat and George Perrault; his sister Lorraine Baker; his sister-in-law Huguette McA’Nulty Black; and his brother-in-law Emile Desjardins.
Funeral services were held on February 21 at St. Theresa’s Church in Orleans, with Father Timothy Naples celebrating a Mass. Interment will follow later this spring at St. Theresa’s Cemetery on the Barton-Orleans Road.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to Orleans-Essex VNA and Hospice, 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch.com.
Gordon E. Tallman
Gordon E. Tallman, 79, died on February 9, 2018, surrounded by his family at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington.
He was born July 20, 1938, in Hyde Park, the youngest of 11 children of Clifford A. and Ellen Button Tallman. He was a 1956 graduate of Lamoille Central Academy.
Mr. Tallman was blessed with great athletic ability and played soccer, basketball, and baseball at Lamoille Central Academy in each of his four years of high school, and was instrumental in the school winning many division championships. Together with his brother Donald and their teammates, Lamoille Central won the 1953 state baseball championship and continued an undefeated run until losing to Stowe in the 1954 state championship game. He coached Hyde Park Little League teams when his sons played, and in later years he enjoyed playing on baseball and slow pitch softball town teams throughout northern Vermont.
Mr. Tallman was employed at Bullard’s Mill making golf tees. While working at Bullard’s he was chosen to go to New York City to appear on the popular TV show, “What’s My Line?” He worked at IBM for a number years, and worked with numerous construction companies before being employed at G.W. Tatro Construction from 1984 to 1995.
He was proud to be a true Vermonter. “Gordie” built his own house, enjoyed deer hunting, collecting moose sheds (antlers), being in the outdoors, and was an avid Red Sox fan.
Mr. Tallman and his late brother Clifford were the recipients of the Vermont Life and Vermont Heritage Center Award in 2002 for Traditional Artists (poetry). He published two books Backroads and Bygones and Backroads and Bygones, Volume II. He had the honor of opening the legislative session at the State House several times over the years. He was a great storyteller.
He is survived by his sons: Kevin Tallman of Hyde Park and Wyatt Tallman of Johnson; his grandchildren and great-grandchildren; his partner, Barbara Hawley, of Danville; the mother of his children, Hilda Tallman, of Hyde Park; and many nieces, nephews and wonderful good friends.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his ten siblings: Ralph, Phyllis, Olive, Elizabeth, Leon “Dick,” Clifford “June,” Rachel, Elwin, Donald, and Edith.
A celebration of life will be held Sunday, March 4, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Hyde Park VFW, with a time of remembrance beginning at 1 p.m. followed by a potluck luncheon.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions in Mr. Tallman’s memory be made to the Lanpher Memorial Library, P.O. Box 196, Hyde Park, Vermont 05655.
Online condolences may be made by visiting faithfh.net.
It is with great sadness that her children announce the passing of their mother, Theresa Wallace, of Stanstead, Quebec, in her ninety-fourth year, at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Sherbrooke in Sherbrooke, Quebec.
She was predeceased by her parents Raymond and Aurore Ouellette; her sisters Gertrude Corriveau and RitaOuellette; her loving husband, Richard Reid Wallace; and her son-in-law Homer Harrison.
She was the loving mother to her four daughters: Sandra Harrison-Pare and her husband, Walter, Shirley McNeal and her husband, Hugh, Pearl Webb and her husband, Wesley, and Lena Edwards and her husband, Andrew. She was also the cherished grandmother of: Wayne, Theresa, Roxton, Hayley, Adam, Amanda, Alivia, Tyler, and Andria; and step-grandmother to Norah and Madeleine. She was a great-grandmother to: Madyson, Erik, Maximillian, Alexander, Kennedy, Aynsley, Carson, Zoe, Hayden, and Jack.
Mrs. Wallace was born in Tomifobia, Quebec, and resided her whole life in Stanstead. She worked at Spencer Supports before going to Butterfields. She was a social butterfly, as they say, who loved to dance. She was a member of the Centenary United Church, the U.C.W., the Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire, the curling club, as well as the Royal Canadian Legion Women’s Auxiliary. She loved to travel and had lots of friends. Always smiling and friendly, she will forever be in her family’s hearts and will be dearly missed.
The family is holding a memorial service at Crystal Lake Cemetery in Stanstead on May 12, at 11 a.m. Lunch will be served following the service at the home of Ms. Harrison-Pare, located at 733 Dufferin Road in Stanstead.