Obituaries July 10, 2013

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obit dickinsonClarice Orene (Sprouse) Dickinson

 Clarice Orene (Sprouse) Dickinson of Irasburg died peacefully on July 2, 2013.

She was born on December 31, 1926, in Louisa, Virginia, to Richard and Isalene Sprouse.  Upon graduation from high school, she moved to the big city of Richmond to seek employment.  What she found was the love of her life, Wayne Dickinson.  They married after a six-week courtship; a marriage that lasted 52 years, ending at Mr. Dickinson’s death in 1999.  Mrs. and Mr. Dickinson were blessed with two children, Steve and Cheryl.  She was also predeceased by her son, Steve, in 1994.

One of Mrs. Dickinson’s greatest gifts was her ability to form deep and lasting friendships.  This served her well since Mr. Dickinson’s career as an aeronautical engineer took them to many places across the country.  She lived a deeply spiritual life and grounded herself in the local churches she encountered in her travels.  She served these congregations in many capacities, including becoming the first female Elder in the Mt. Healthy Christian Church in Cincinnati, Ohio.

After Mr. Dickinson’s death, she moved to Vermont in 2000 to be near her family, Cheryl and Tom Stelter of Irasburg.  She made many friends and was active in the VFW Ladies’ Auxiliary in Barton, the Barton Library Club and the Barton and Orleans senior centers.  She was an active member of the Irasburg United Church, serving on several committees.  Many remember her friendly smile as she sold quilt raffle tickets for the Irasburg Church Fair.

Her love for the Lord was evident to all she met.  Her gift of writing words of comfort, encouragement, and guidance was a blessing to all who received cards and notes from her.  She had a deep faith in Christ and believed in the power of prayer.  Throughout her life, she ministered to many people as an instrument of Christ.  She took special care of women and families in need, as well as many others.  She will be deeply missed.

She was a deeply devoted mother and grandmother.  Her pride and joy was her beloved family: her daughter Cheryl Stelter; her son-in-law Tom; and her grandchildren:  Leischen of Manassas, Virginia, and Grant and his wife, Summer (Rogers), of Colchester.  She was excited about her first great-grandchild, expected in November.  She also leaves her sister Cora Lee Rigsby; and her nephew Tim and his wife, Kim, and their son, Matthew, all of Savannah, Georgia.

A celebration of her life will be held at the Irasburg United Church in Irasburg on Friday, July 12.  Visitation with family and friends will begin at 10 a.m., followed by the service at 11 a.m.  Immediately following the service, a fellowship reception will be held downstairs in the church.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be sent to the Irasburg United Church Building Restoration Fund, care of Bev Johnson, P.O. Box 177, Irasburg, Vermont 05845.

obit barrettAnnie M. Barrett

Annie M. Barrett, 68, of Glover died on June 29, 2013, in Glover.

She was born on October 22, 1944, in Haverhill, New Hampshire, the daughter of Mildred Stimson.

She was an LPN at the Union House Nursing Home in Glover for 25 years, from where she retired in 2008.

She enjoyed collecting stamps and post cards.  She also loved gardening and being a caregiver to others.

She is survived by her children:  Lloyd Powers and his wife Ann, of Troy, Jennifer Hinton and her husband, Robert, of Sutton, James Powers of Lyndonville, Timothy Powers and his wife, Melissa, of Sheffield, and Jana Morse and her husband, Herbert, of Derby Line; 15 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; her brother Archie Stimson of Sutton; and by two stepsons:  Randy Barrett of Barton, and David Barrett and his wife, Mary, of Mississippi.

Funeral services were held on July 8, in Barton.  Interment followed in the Sutton Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Union House Activities Fund, 3086 Glover Road, Glover, Vermont 05839.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at


Dorothy Elizabeth Metcalf

A graveside service for Dorothy Elizabeth Metcalf will be held at 11 a.m., on Saturday, July 13, at the Irasburg Cemetery.

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