Obituaries June 15, 2016

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Arleene Barbara Avery

Arleene Barbara Avery, 92, formerly of Newport Center, died on Saturday, June 11, 2016, at Bel-Aire Center, Newport.

She was born on September 3, 1923, in New York, New York, to William and Emma (Roth) Henn.

Ms. Avery graduated from Evander Childs High School in the Bronx, New York. Following graduation she went to work for New York Life Insurance Company in New York City.

She married James Avery on August 31, 1945 in New York. They lived in Mount Kisco, New York, for 36 years. Ms. Avery worked for a local bank and then local attorneys in Mount Kisco. In 1967 she went to work at IBM Headquarters in Armonk, New York, as an executive secretary.

Upon retirement in 1982, she and Mr. Avery moved to Marco Island, Florida. In 1998, they moved to Newport Center. She enjoyed playing bridge, knitting and golf.

She is survived by her daughter Barbara Buchanan and her husband, Craig, of Derby.

She was predeceased by her husband, James Avery, in 2012; and by her sister Muriel Dreher and her husband, Frank, of Tucson, Arizona.

Contributions in her memory may be made to Orleans Essex Visiting Nurses Association and Hospice, Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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Wilma M. (Mason) Devost

Wilma M. (Mason) Devost, 88, of Derby died peacefully on June 9, 2016, in Newport.

She was born on April 28, 1928, in Newport to William and Ida (Davio) Wheeler.

On March 28, 1946, she married Preston Mason, who predeceased her on October 22, 1992.

In February 2000, she married Roland Devost of Colebrook, New Hampshire, who survives her.

Ms. Devost worked with her late husband, Mr. Mason, at their Sunoco service station in Orleans. She also worked as a waitress at the Candlepin Restaurant in Barton.

She held memberships with the Community Circle, Home Dem, and the Christmas Club. Her hobbies included dancing, attending Elk’s functions, bowling, bocce, and traveling.

She is survived by her husband, Roland Devost, of Colebrook, New Hampshire; by her children: Leon Mason and his wife, Marcia, of Lowell, and Diane Parenteau and her husband, Paul, of Westmore; by her grandchildren: Krystal Curran and her husband, Anthony, of Johnson, Joshua Mason of Coventry, Cindy Willis and her husband, Todd, of Derby, Paul Parenteau Jr. and his wife, Grace, of Peru, New York, Charlie Parenteau and his wife, Linda, of Wesley Chapel, Florida, Raymond Parenteau and his wife, Linda, of Derby, Linda Griswold and her husband, Randy, of Lexington, South Carolina, Scott Parenteau of Murphy, North Carolina, and Tina Murray and her husband, Montana, of South Carolina; by 16 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandson, Owen Patenaude; by her brother Wayne Wheeler of Newport; her sister Lorraine Carter of Maryland; her sisters-in-law: Lillian Wheeler of Massachusetts and Sandra Wheeler of Newport; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her siblings: Olive Allen, Irene Haskins, Pete Wheeler, Johnny Wheeler, Irwin Wheeler, Dena Wheeler and by three infant siblings.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 25, at the Lakeview Cemetery in Westmore, with the Reverend John Genco officiating.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Mary Wright Halo Foundation, 1073 Upper Quarry Road, Newport, Vermont, 05855.

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Lionel Fortin

Lionel Fortin, 85, of Holland died on June 8, 2016 in Newport.

He was born on October 26, 1930.

Mr. Fortin was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather.

He had a farm in Holland for 50 years and was an avid hunter, fisherman and gardener. When he retired from farming, many people met him through the raspberries and blueberries he grew and sold in Holland.

Mr. Fortin supported clubs like Fish & Game, and was a strong supporter of the NRA and the Orleans County Fair. He worked for the Town of Holland as a lister and selectman and for the United Christian Academy. He was a man of great faith and was instrumental in the early stages and growth of the Newport Church of God.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Simone; his son Michael and daughter-in law Debbie; his daughter, Lorianne, and son-in-law Fred; his son Armand; by his sister Germaine and her husband, Bill; his brothers: Rene and his wife, May; Raymond and his wife, Sharon; and Robert and his wife, Christine; and by many cousins; nieces; and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents, Louis and Anna Fortin; three sisters: Rita, Yvonne, and Lucienne; and his brother Lucien.

Mr. Fortin had five grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

A celebration of life service was held in Newport on June 11.

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Kimberly Ann (MacLean) Green 

Kimberly Ann (MacLean) Green died peacefully in the arms of her three loving daughters in Newport on June 10, 2016, after a courageous three-year battle with cancer.

She was born July 24, 1967, in Lawrence, Massachusetts, and lived most of her life in Derby. Ms. Green got her nursing degree from Vermont Tech and worked for many years as a nurse. She was a nurse at the Union House in Glover before being diagnosed. She spent many years at Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton, and some time at Derby Green in Derby.

Ms. Green was an exceptional nurse and was known for her precious smile and her incredible sense of humor. She had a natural ability to treat every patient with great kindness.

She had a love for cooking and could bake the best homemade cookies and her signature hot mustard. Ms. Green was very independent and strong-willed. She enjoyed doing home improvement, gardening, and she made strong friendships with her close neighbors including Felicity and Lester Butterfield, Christine Barrup, and Deb Belise. Anyone could fall in love with her strength and humor. She could also light up a whole room with her smile.

She loved her children and caring for her family was most important to her. She enjoyed spending her free time with her children and grandchildren. She will be missed by many.

She is survived by her stepmother, Marcy MacLean, of Inverness, Florida; her sister Tricia Maclean of Coventry; her brother Jonathan Cote of Kingston, New Hampshire; and by her sister Jennifer Frasca of Derry, New Hampshire. She is also survived by her children and grandchildren: Julia Bolton and her son Darion Forbes of Newport; Gabrielle Bolton and her fiancé, Derek Sanville, and their children Collin, Caydence and Connor Sanville of Newport; and Selena, Christopher, and Kaitlyn Green, of Derby; her stepsons: Cedar and Champ Bolton of Newport; and the father of her eldest daughters and very special caretaker, Edwin Bolton, of Newport Center. She had several aunts and uncles. She is also survived by her closest friends, including: Tammy Chipman, Vanessa Raymond, Amy Blacketer, Hope Bowen, Amy Farley, and Shelly Maxwell.

She was predeceased by her parents, Grant and Doris MacLean, and by her brother, Grant MacLean Jr.

A celebration of life Mass will be celebrated for Ms. Green at 2 p.m. on Monday, June 20, at St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newport. A family receiving time will begin at 1 p.m.

Per family request, in lieu of flowers, please donate to Kim’s GoFundMe account at

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Jessie Ames Hamblett 

Jessie Ames Hamblett died on June 10, 2016.

She was born in Derby on February 14, 1919, to Roy and Alice Vinton Ames.

She graduated from Derby Academy in 1937 and from the Orleans County Memorial Hospital school of nursing with an affiliation at Newark City Hospital in Newark, New Jersey, with a registered nurse degree in 1940.

On September 16, 1940, she married Tarlton Hamblett, and for a few years she continued to do some special duty nursing. Mr. Hamblett predeceased her in 1995 after they had shared 55 years of marriage.

During her lifetime she donated time and energy to numerous causes and activities. She was a member of the Parent Teacher Association and was a Cub Scouts den mother. She was a North Country Hospital Auxiliary member and was a long time member of the United Church and the Home Dem Club.

She is survived by her three sons: Timothy Hamblett and his wife, Beverly, Rick Hamblett, and Michael Hamblett and his wife, Jackie. She is also survived by one sister, Joan Carpenter. She also leaves six grandsons: Marcus Hamblett and his wife, Erica, Christopher Hamblett and his wife, Karen, Nathan Hamblett and his wife, Tracy, Gregory Hamblett and his wife, Danielle, Andrew Hamblett and his wife, Sarah, and Jordan Hamblett and his wife, Shannon. She also leaves ten great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her brother Lyndol Ames.

At her request, a private celebration of her life and interment will take place at a date and time to be decided by the family.

To those who wish, donations may be made to the Goodrich Memorial Library or the North Country Hospital Auxiliary.

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Reginald Clarence McDowell

Reginald Clarence McDowell, 96, of Montpelier, died on Friday, November 27, 2015 at his home in Sun City, Arizona, after a short illness.

He was born the son of Clarence and Gertrude McDowell, on May 23, 1919, in Evansville, Vermont.

His family moved to Montpelier when he was quite young. He graduated from Montpelier High School in 1937. He was captain of the football team and student council president.

Captain McDowell served in World War II as a P47 fighter pilot with 73 combat missions over Germany. He worked as a self-employed carpenter and a builder for many years. He also worked for the State of Vermont Buildings Division, from which he retired in 1981.

He met the love of his life, Irene (Conklin) McDowell, of Patchogue, New York in 1942. She was in nurse’s training at Heaton Hospital in Montpelier and was caring for Mr. McDowell’s father when they met. They married on August 8, 1943.

Mr. and Mrs. McDowell retired to Englewood, Florida, for many years, later moving to Sun City, Arizona. Mr. McDowell was always very athletic. He taught his three children to water ski and snow ski, and how to play basketball, football, and baseball. He also loved photography and boat building. He built a number of boats, from a hydroplane to runabouts to cabin cruisers. His kids learned to water ski behind one of his first runabouts on Lake Elmore in the 1950s. His last and biggest boat, the “Merry Macs,” was a 26-foot cabin cruiser moored on Lake Champlain in the 1960s. The family spent summers on the boat and explored waterways from Montreal down to Catskill, New York.

He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Irene McDowell, of Sun City, Arizona; by his son Robert McDowell and his wife, Diane, of Peoria, Arizona; by his daughter Nancy McDowell of Woodstock; by his son George McDowell and his wife, Susan, of Barre; by four grandchildren: Jessica (Lamoureux) Montgomery, Phillip Lamoureux, Libby McDowell, and Peter McDowell Hanley; by five great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his sister-in-law Ruth (Conklin) Pontieri; and brothers-in-law: Art Conklin and Al Zelinski.He was predeceased by sisters: Frances McGibney-Marcoux and Theda Frost; brothers: Rupert McDowell and Ross McDowell; by sisters-in-law: Katherine (Moore) McDowell and Jean (Conklin) Zelinski; and brothers-in-law: Leo McGibney, Jack Frost, Hector Marcoux, and Jim Pontieri.

Interment will take place at the Plainmont Cemetery in Plainfield on Wednesday, June 22.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to The Salvation Army.

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