Obituaries June 12, 2013

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obit CarsonFlorence S. (Fisk) Carson

Florence S. (Fisk) Carson, 89, of Tallmadge, Ohio, died on November 24, 2012.

She was born in Barton.  She moved to Akron, Ohio, in 1951.

Mrs. Carson trained as a cadet nurse at Mary Hitchcock Hospital in Hanover, New Hampshire, on a scholarship from U.S. Health Service, a division of Nurse Education.  She worked at the Akron City Hospital as a registered nurse.  She was a member of the chapel.

She is survived by her husband Bruce I. Carson; her daughter Christine A. Lowry and her husband, Robert; her son Alan F. Carson; her sister Harriet Gaffney and her husband, Roy; and by a brother, William Fisk and his wife, Dorothy, both of Vermont.  She is also survived by her grandchildren:  David and his wife, Jennifer, Chalan, Michael and his wife, Kristen, Elizabeth, and Ryan; and by three great-grandchildren:  Kai, Elsa, and Rocco.

A graveside service will take place at the Welcome O. Brown Cemetery in Barton on Monday, June 17, at 10:30 a.m.

In lieu of other remembrances, memorial donations may be made to “The Chapel” for missions, 135 Fir Hill, Akron, Ohio 44304.

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

obit cummingsAnn Marie Cummings

Ann Marie Cummings of Brooklyn, New York, Tarrytown, New York, Westerly, Rhode Island, and Westmore died on June 5, 2013.

She was born on Sunday, May 22, 1932, to the late Julia Fogarty Cummings and John Cummings.

As an educator for the New York City Board of Education, Ms. Cummings was passionate about making a difference in the lives of students and colleagues.  Her work of many years has touched many lives.  As her nephew-in-law Matthew Kratz recently wrote, “Ann is a blessing to everyone she meets, and an inspiration to all on how to live, celebrate and love.”  Those she leaves behind will continue to embrace the legacy of her joy of life.

A superlative storyteller, a kind, generous and thoughtful person, some of her favorite things included:  children, music, any celebration, Willoughby Lake, and time spent laughing with loved ones.  She will be dearly missed.

She is survived by her sister Julia Cummings Murphy; her dear friend Dolores Grieco; her sister-in-law Marylou Cummings; ten nieces and nephews; 11 grand-nieces and -nephews; and lifelong friends.

She was predeceased by her brother James Cummings, and her nephew Peter Murphy.

Funeral services were held on June 11, in Barton.  Interment followed in Lakeview Cemetery in Westmore.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the St. Francis Breadline, 135 West 31st Street, New York, New York 10001.

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

Ruth B. Damon

Ruth B. Damon, 90, of Barton died on June 5, 2013, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

She was born on May 29, 1923, in Irasburg, a daughter of Arie and Myra (Denton) Kennison.  She was married to Howard Damon, who predeceased her in 1995.

She enjoyed traveling all over the world.  She liked to cook, knit for friends and family, do puzzles, play cards, and read.

She was a strong believer in keeping active and volunteered for numerous community activities, which helped her to live a long productive life.

She is survived by her children:  Terry Damon and his wife, Bonnie, of Newburg, Maryland, Marvin (Pete) Damon and his wife, Susan, of Vero Beach, Florida, and Karl Damon and his wife, Jo-Ann, of East Barre; her grandchildren:  Ann Marie Damon, Jennifer Luzier and her husband, David, Lindsay Damon-Cox, Amanda and Joe Starr, Adam Damon, Crystal Hudson and her husband, Steven, Howard Damon, Gillian Hoops, and Hatteras Hoops and his wife, Sheila; 12 great-grandchildren; and by a special, daughter-like niece, Elizabeth Cook, and her husband, Larry, and their children:  Jody Russell and her husband, Brian, and Kim Kelly and her husband, Brian.

She was predeceased by two daughters:  Nola Damon in 1960, and Lorilei Hoops in 2005.

A graveside service will be held on Monday, August 5, at a time to be specified later, at the Irasburg Cemetery, with the Reverend Evelyn Coup officiating.  This will be followed by a celebration of the life of Ruth Damon at Pageant Park in Barton for family and friends.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Orleans Senior Center, Orleans, Vermont 05860.

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

obit degreeniaLyle G. Degreenia

Lyle G. Degreenia, 77, of Glover died on June 3, 2013, at his home in Glover.

He was born on December 29, 1935, in Sheffield, the son of Walter and Emma (Chamberlain) Degreenia.  He farmed and logged various places in Vermont and New Hampshire, and retired as a self-employed carpenter.  His hobbies included making woodcrafts, lawn ornaments, hunting and fishing.  He was a veteran of the United States Army where he served in the New Hampshire National Guard.  He was a member of the American Legion Post #76 of Barton.

He is survived by his longtime companion Wanda Reed of Glover; his children:  Terry Degreenia and his companion, Crystal Willis, of Brownington, Cathy Burns and her husband, Bill, of Florida, Carol Linscott and her companion, Richard, of Union, Maine, Walter Degreenia and his wife, Gail, of Union, Darrell Degreenia of Union, and Darren Degreenia and his wife, Gail, of Sheffield; 14 grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; his sister and brothers:  Leslie Degreenia and his wife, Patricia, of Northwood, New Hampshire, Phil Degreenia Sr. and his wife, Patty, of Sheffield, Jason Degreenia and his wife, Jossie, of Sheffield, and Georgia Newland and her husband, Harold, of Sheffield; his step-brothers:  Al MacEachern and his wife, Lise, of Barton, and Kevin Hill of Glover; his step-sister Barbara Stewart of Glover; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a daughter, Lynn Degreenia; and by his siblings:  Wallace, Harold, Ronnie, and George.

A celebration of his life was held on June 8 in Glover.  Interment took place in Westlook Cemetery in Glover.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to Wanda Reed, P.O. Box 70, Barton, Vermont 05822.

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

obit ThompsonEleanor J. Thompson

Eleanor J. Thompson, 91, of Newport died peacefully on June 5, 2013, at her home.

She was born on October 12, 1922, in Carman, Manitoba, Canada, daughter of Charles and Grace (Neal) Wolcott of West Charleston.

After graduation from Derby Academy, she married Lawrence Thompson and moved to Marine Corp bases in North Carolina and Virginia.  After her husband’s honorable discharge from the service, she enjoyed many years in Orleans, and then Connecticut, before returning to Vermont.  She and her husband lived many winters in Florida and summers in Vermont while taking time to travel the country and abroad.  She was an avid bridge player and enjoyed golf, antiquing, and gardening.

She is survived by her daughter Cynthia Paula and her husband, Ron, of Newport; her son Lawrence (Butch) Thompson Jr. and his wife, Anne, of Derby; and by four grandchildren:  John Scott, and his wife, Coleen, and great-granddaughter Eva Noelle of San Diego, California, James Scott, and his wife, Alicia, and great-great-granddaughter Ariel of Salinas, California, Raymond Thompson and his wife, Susan (Maxwell) of Derby, and Jeffrey Thompson and his wife, Maya, and great-grandson Kai and great-granddaughter Annabel of Burlington; and by nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband Lawrence; her parents, Charles and Grace Wolcott; her sister Ina Worth and her husband, Delmond (Speed); her brother William (Billy) Wolcott; and by her son Johnny Reilly.

A private graveside service will be held at the Derby Center Cemetery with the Reverend Kelly Deslauriers officiating.

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

obit GebbieMadeline G.  Gebbie

Madeline Ruth Greaves Gebbie, 93, a long time Greensboro resident, died peacefully on June 8, 2013, at the Copley Hospital in Morrisville, with her family at her bedside.

She was born on November 13, 1919, in St. Johnsbury, the daughter of the late Clifton and Dorris (Barrows) Greaves.  She graduated from Peoples Academy in Morrisville as Valedictorian of the Class of 1937.  She continued her education at the University of Vermont, graduating in the Class of 1941, also as Valedictorian, with a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture.  She was a member of the Alpha Chi Omega Sorority and was chosen to join Omicron NU, the National Home Economics Society, in her senior year.

On June 28, 1944, she married Donald McLellan Gebbie in Morrisville.  They made their home in Greensboro and in 1952 they purchased the Gebbie Dairy Farm, which they owned and operated for more than 28 years.

Mrs. Gebbie was a teacher at Peoples Academy in Morrisville and later at Greensboro High School where she taught many subjects including:  home economics, English, French, Latin, chemistry, U.S. history and music.  She was a connoisseur of the English language.

She was a member of the Greensboro United Church of Christ, where she served as organist and chair of the “cradle roll.”  She was also a member of the Caspian Lake Grange, Hazen Road Homemakers, Retired Teachers Association, and she served as a volunteer at the Waterbury State Hospital Remembrance Project, making sure no patient was forgotten.  She was a 4-H leader and librarian, organizing the library into the Dewey Decimal System, and director of the Kazoo Band for eight years.  They entertained at many functions including the Greensboro Nursing Home.  She was a correspondent for the Hardwick Gazette.  She was given the Governor’s Award for Outstanding Community Service in 1991 and the Greensboro Award in 1992 for 70 years of service.  She loved spending time with her family, the annual sugar-on-snow parties, and the Gebbie Ski tow, which has been running since 1960.

Survivors include a son, Peter Gebbie, and his wife, Sandra, of Greensboro; two daughters:  Patricia Mercier of Greensboro, and Susan Locke and her husband, Wilbur, of East Albany; a daughter-in-law, Aileen Gebbie, of Greensboro; 12 grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren and two on the way; two sisters:  Betty Ingalls of Hyde Park, and Mary Jane McCuin of Virginia;  a sister-in-law, Betty Spring, of Chelmsford, Massachusetts; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by her husband Donald in 1980; a son, Donald M. Gebbie II, in 2003; two brothers:  Mahlon Greaves and Perley M. Greaves; and by a son-in-law, Donald Mercier.

Visiting hours will be held on Saturday, June 15, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Northern Vermont Funeral Home in Hardwick.  A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June16, at the Greensboro United Church of Christ, with the Reverend Anthony Acheson and the Reverend Alden Launer officiating.  Burial will be at the convenience of her family in the Mitchell-McLaren Cemetery in Greensboro.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Greensboro Fire Department, P.O.  Box 83, Greensboro, Vermont  05841.

Shirley J. Nutting

Shirley J. Nutting died on May 27, 2013.

She was born on February 12, 1940.

Ms. Nutting worked for a time at the American Optical Company in Brattleboro, and lived in West Chesterfield, New Hampshire.  After the company closed in 1981, she moved back to Enosburg.

She liked to visit Glover in the summer.

Funeral services were held on May 31 in Enosburg Falls.  Her final resting place is the Enosburg Center Cemetery.

obit paradisJoyce E. (Gibney) Paradis

Joyce E. (Gibney) Paradis, 69, of Laconia, New Hampshire, died on January 15, 2013.

She was born on October 2, 1943, in Newport City, the daughter of Grace (Sanville) Gibney and Malcolm E. Gibney.  Her early years were spent in North Troy.  She lived for years in the Kittery, Maine, and Portsmouth, New Hampshire, area.

Survivors include her daughters:  Deborah Judkins of St. Johnsbury, and Cindy Carmen of Laconia, New Hampshire; her son Steve Carmen, of Clinton, Utah; her brother Jake Gibney of Bath, New Hampshire; her sister Betty Currie of Milford, Massachusetts; ten grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; four step-grandchildren; and 14 step-great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her daughters:  Roxie Carmen and Diane Mussen; her brothers:  Malcolm Jr. and Wendell Sanville; and her sister Linda Lemieux.

Graveside services were held on June 8 in North Troy.

obit  SwiftSusan Jane Swift

Susan Jane Swift of Barton died on June 6, 2013.

She was born in Enosburg on June 28, 1917, the daughter of Reverend Herbert and Pearl (Kinney) Campbell.

She was a resident of the Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton and cared for by the dedicated staff for the past several years.  She lived in several Vermont towns while growing up and went to high school in Barre.  She later earned her degree as a registered nurse, and was employed at the Barre City Hospital in Barre.  She then served as a nurse at Fort Devens in Massachusetts, and as 2nd Lieutenant at Fort Dix, New Jersey, where she performed all general nursing duties in a paraplegic ward, and in a neurosurgical and orthopedic ward as supervisor.  She was decorated with the World War II victory medal.

After the war, she married Kenneth Swift on June 22, 1946.  They moved to Glover in 1947, purchasing and operating the general store.  They later purchased the “Shadow Lake Pavilion” dance hall and in 1963 purchased the Colonial House Nursing Home in Glover, with their friends Robert and Mazel Rogers, where Susan worked as a registered nurse.  Later, they also purchased and refurbished an apartment building in Glover, again with their friends Robert and Mazel Rogers.  She also loved to sing and was a member of the church choir at Glover Community Church.  She was also a member of the Barre Tones Chapter of Harmony, Inc., where she sang and performed with all the members in many locations around the New England Northeast.

She is survived by her son James and his wife, Susan, of Glover; her granddaughter Sarah and her husband, Steven Humphrey; her great-grandson Jonas of Boulder, Colorado; her granddaughter Laurie and her husband, Sam Allen, of Pittsboro, North Carolina; her son-in-law Bruce Baraw of Glover; and by many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband Kenneth; her daughter Donna Kay; her grandsons:  Scott and Randy Neil; as well as by her sisters and brother:  Margueritte, Joyce, Cora, Golda, Agatha, and Herbert.

Services will be held on Saturday, June 15, at 11 a.m., at the Glover United Church with the Reverend Evelyn Coup officiating.  Interment will follow at the Westlook Cemetery in Glover, with full military honors.

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

Bernard G. “Ben” Thompson

Bernard G. “Ben” Thompson, 60, of Falls Church, Virginia, died on April 30, 2013, at the Georgetown University Hospital of complications from cancer.

He was born on October 30, 1952, in Owensboro, Kentucky, to William J. Thompson and Rose Mary (Dockmeyer) Thompson.  He graduated from Owensboro Catholic High School and received his bachelor’s degree from Strayer University in Virginia.  He was a member of the U.S. Army, and retired as a civilian employee of the U.S. Navy.  He was a member of various softball umpire associations in Virginia and Maryland and held board positions, including president, treasurer and commissioner.

He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Paulette (Beaudry) Thompson, who grew up in Irasburg; his son Patrick and his wife, Mary, of Berryville, Virginia; and his daughter Amanda Ellerman and her husband, Michael, of Mechanicsville, Virginia; three grandsons:  Zachary and Nicholas Ellerman, and Joshua Thompson; his brother Tommy of Rockport, Indiana; two sisters:  Darlene May of Utica, Kentucky and her husband, Keith, and Lynda Edwards and her husband, Danny, of Calhoun, Kentucky; and by numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents; his brothers:  Chris, Franky and David Wayne; his granddaughter Addison Thompson; and by his great-nephew Colton Burden.


Lois and Roger Morin

Graveside services for Lois and Roger Morin will be held at 11 a.m., on Saturday, June 15, at St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell, with the Reverend Yvon Royer officiating.  Full military honors for Mr. Morin will be held.

Alice B. Hayes

A memorial service will be held in celebration of the life of Alice B. Hayes on June 29.  The service will take place at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Church in Newport, at 11 a.m.  A reception will follow at her late home at 537 Memphremagog Views in Newport.  All are welcome.

James McAllister

Committal services for James McAllister will be held at 10 a.m., on Saturday, June 15, at the Newport Center Cemetery with full military honors.

Robert J. Cilley Jr.

Committal services for Robert J. Cilley Jr. will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 17, at Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond.

Kermit Aiken

Committal services for Kermit Aiken will be held at 2 p.m., on Friday, June 14, at the Mountainview Cemetery in Lowell.

Death notice

Dolores Carrier Reid

Dolores Carrier Reid, 83, died on May 12, 2013, in Ayr-Ayreshire, Scotland.

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