Obituaries November 20, 2013

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obit brennanTom L. Brennan Jr.

Tom L. Brennan Jr., 83, of Newport died on November 8, 2013, in Burlington.

He was born on January 9, 1930, in Jay, to Tom and Alice (Magoon) Brennan Sr.  On July 4, 1954, he married Edith Hamelin, who predeceased him on September 2, 1997.

He was a veteran of the Korean War.  During his lifetime he was a hydro operator for Citizens Utilities where he retired after 20 years of service.

He was a former owner of the B&D Market in North Troy and the Hotel Reba.

He loved to hunt, fish, golf, and garden.  He loved almost any sport and to go out to eat.  He loved to see his grandchildren and have them for visits and the whole family at holidays and other gatherings.

He held memberships with the American Legion of North Troy, where he was a life member, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #798, and he was a former member of the Masons.

He was a man of few words but when he spoke people generally listened and respected what he said.  His grandson Dillon is attending Norwich, which he was extremely proud of.

He is survived by his children:  Rebecaa Morton and her husband, Stan, of Tennessee, Kathy Descheneau and her husband, Dennis, of Newport Center, and Jeffrey Brennan and his wife, Paula, of Newport Center; his grandchildren:  Amy Martin and her husband, Matt, of Derby, Bridgett Wiggitt and her husband, Sam, of Newport Center, Dennis Descheneau Jr. of Newport, Jacob Morton of Tennessee, Dillon Brennan of Newport Center, and Colin Brennan of Newport Center; his great-grandchildren:  Brittany and Olivia Clogston of Derby, and Kody Martin of Derby; his sister Dorothy Portghese of California; and by his dear friend Joanne.

He was predeceased by one brother and two sisters.

Funeral services were held on November 15, in Newport.  Interment took place in North Troy Village Cemetery with full military honors.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Ron Holland Dialysis Unit, in care of North Country Hospital, 189 Prouty Drive, Newport, Vermont 08555.

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

Lucille K. Bresse

Lucille K. Bresse, 99, of Island Pond died on November 14, 2013, in Newport.

She was born on April 23, 1914, in Island Pond, to Herbert and Rose (Devlin) Aldrich.  In 1935, she married Ernest Bresse, who predeceased her in 1989.

Mrs. Bresse was a member of the Daughters of Isabella Regina Circle and past regent of Island Pond.

She loved to cook and supported area bake sales to the delight of all who bought her donuts and cakes.  She also liked to embroider and did so for many years.  She also canned from the many vegetables that her husband grew in their large garden.  She also assisted the teachers during lunchtime for several years.

She is survived by her children:  Thomas Bresse and his wife, Barbara, of Natick, Massachusetts, William Bresse and his wife, Meg, of Newcaney, Texas, and Margaret Perkins and her husband, Gerald, of West Charleston; her daughter-in-law Doris Bresse of Lochmere, New Hampshire; nine grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and by her sister Geraldine Percy of Titusville, Florida.

She was predeceased by a son, Edmund Bresse; her brother Donald Aldrich; and by her granddaughter Elizabeth Perkins.

Funeral services were held on November 18, in Island Pond.  Interment followed in Lakeside Cemetery in Island Pond.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Matre Dei Parish, 191 Clermont Terrace, Newport, Vermont 05855.

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

obit BuchmanBetty Rose Buchman

Betty Rose Buchman, 88, of Island Pond died on November 10, 2013, in her home that she shared with her son, Scott Buchman.

She was born on January 25, 1925, in Mount Jewett, Pennsylvania, a daughter of Cecil and Goldie (Murphy) Ordiway.

After graduating from Mount Jewett High School in June of 1942, she moved to Washington, D.C., to assist in the war effort, working with the Army Map Service.

On November 7, 1946, she married Erich Eugene Buchman, a private in the U.S. Air Force, in Tucson, Arizona.  They went on to raise four children, eventually retiring in Island Pond, where they spent more than 30 years.  Her husband predeceased her in April of 2009.

She enjoyed a long and loving life as a mother and homemaker.  She was an avid birdwatcher, and she loved animals, gardening, and the outdoors.

She is survived by three children:  her daughter Doreen Lee Buchman, and her son-in-law William Lammers, of Kutztown, Pennsylvania, her son Avery Scott Buchman of Island Pond, and her daughter Lisa Kerstine (Buchman) Presutto, and her son-in-law Patrick Presutto, of Parkertown, New Jersey, as well as her daughter-in-law Peggy (Peltz) Buchman of Fern Glen, Pennsylvania.  She is also survived by five grandchildren:  Nicole Rose Ozgul and her husband, Aytac, of Beach Haven West, New Jersey, Kyra Lee Lammers of St. Paul, Minnesota, Erica Maxine Lammers of Kutztown, Gregory Peltz of Lighthouse, Pennsylvania, and Brian Peltz of Pine Hill, New Jersey; as well as by numerous nieces, nephews, and grandchildren.

She was predeceased by a son, Craig Lane Buchman, of Vincentown, New Jersey; as well as by five siblings:  Audrey Jane (Ordiway) Burns of Tampa, Florida, Verle Norman Ordiway of Franklin, Pennsylvania, Ralph Elbert Ordiway of Tampa, Alice Virginia (Ordiway) Owen of Mount Jewett, and Erda Kathryn (Ordiway) Flanigan of Dover, New Hampshire.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 23, at 2 p.m., at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 1199 Railroad Street in Island Pond.  A reception hosted by the family will be held at the Island Pond American Legion immediately following the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 4473 Barton-Orleans Road, Orleans, Vermont 05860-9028.

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

Faye R. Cher

Faye Rose Cher, 67, of Bethel, Connecticut, formerly of Glover and Wheelock, died on Friday, November 15, 2013, in Danbury, Connecticut.

She was predeceased by her husband Gordon Downs Hickok, in 1991.

Born in Danbury on January 10, 1946, daughter of the late Joseph Cher and Evelynne Fay (Terpening) Cher Barrett, she was a 1963 graduate of Bethel High School.  She moved to Vermont, retired from the Department of Social Welfare after 30 years of service, and pursued her passion for country folk art, painting on anything she could find, and marketing her talents under the name of “Cherwares.”

She enjoyed sharing her work at various local establishments and was an active member of the Peacham guild of artists for many years.

She is survived by her partner David Gruenig of Wheelock; her daughter Tonya F. Hickok Cher and her significant other, Brian Houghton, of Barre; a brother, Stanley R. Cher, and his wife, Barbara, of Woodbury, Connecticut; her sister Laura Cher Homa and her husband, Joseph, of Bethel; her granddaughter Kristen N. Howell; her great-grandson Kameron Cher; as well as by nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers and in memory of her lifetime of giving to others through her work and art, the family asks that you practice a random act of kindness.

Per her request, there are no calling hours or services.

Information and online condolences are at

obit DaggettBurton Kenneth Daggett

Burton Kenneth Daggett, 70, best known as “Joe,” died on Tuesday, November 12, 2013, at North Country Hospital in Newport, of natural causes related to multiple sclerosis.

He lived in Holland with his wife, Vicki.

He was born on August 21, 1943, in Newport, the son of Bernard Fred Daggett and Thelma Willey Daggett.  He grew up on the Daggett family farm in Holland, and he graduated from Derby Academy in 1962.

Shortly after graduating, he left the family farm and bought a dump truck.  He was very proud of the work he did to help build the Northern Vermont segment of Interstate 91 in the mid-1960s.

On June 15, 1968, he married Vicki Cowens, the love and angel of his life.  He sold his dump truck in 1970 and built a home on his Uncle Ted’s farm on the Morgan Road in Derby.

He and his wife lived there for 25 years and raised their two children, Andrew and Jennifer, before they moved back to Holland in 1995.

He loved animals and had many beloved pets in his lifetime, including his beloved dog, Virgil, who served as his faithful companion once he was no longer able to drive.

After selling his dump truck, Mr. Daggett went to work for Pike Industries as a heavy equipment mover in 1970.  He worked for Pike for 15 years before making a change to driving milk truck in the mid-1980s.  He worked as a milk truck transport driver for the balance of his trucking career.

He loved the open road and he loved to drive truck.  He was meticulous with the care of his vehicles and took a great deal of pride in keeping his trucks spotless, inside and out.  He was also a very capable mechanic and could identify and fix any problem he ever encountered with any motorized vehicle that he ever drove.  In addition, he possessed a very keen, analytical and innovative mind and was often sought out for solutions to problems.  After retiring from trucking in the early 1990s, he served as selectman for the town of Holland and volunteered many hours with the town road crew.  He found a great deal of pleasure serving in these civic roles.

He realized his greatest enjoyment in life from spending time with the people that he loved.  He was an extremely devoted family man.

He and his family will forever be grateful to his many caregivers over the last 20 years of his life.  He was most blessed by the unconditional, unwavering, selfless care of his wife, whose complete devotion allowed him to live within his home with as much quality of life as possible throughout the duration of his illness.

Mr. Daggett was a model man, husband, father, brother, grandfather, uncle, and friend.

He had an incredibly strong work ethic and admirable sense of honor and integrity.  He was selfless, determined, and would always do more for others than he would ever do for himself.  He had a wonderful sense of humor and a strong sense of purpose.  Ironically, his strength was never more evident than throughout the course of his disease.  As his physical body failed, his resolve and resilience strengthened.  He was a remarkable example of strength through adversity.

He is survived by his wife Vicki; his son Andrew and his wife, Erin, of Brookfield, New Hampshire; his daughter Jennifer and her husband, Ronald Patenaude, of Holland; and by his grandchildren:  Katelyn, Jacob, and Molly Patenaude, and Autumn, Audrey, and Andrea Daggett.  In addition, he is survived by one brother, Gordon “Bub” Daggett of Holland; one half-sister, Alice Daggett of Newport; and by his nephew Steve and his wife, Jenny.

He was predeceased by a half-brother, Michael Daggett; a sister-in-law, Colleen; and by his special father- and mother-in-law, John and Mollie Cowens.

Per Mr. Daggett’s request, there will be no official memorial services.  Folks are very welcome to visit his wife and family at his home in Holland at any time.

Cards and remembrances may be mailed to his family at 3045 Valley Road, Holland, Vermont 05830.  Please include specific memories.

Donations in his memory may be made to Clara Nadeau, Border Livestock Plus 4-H, Gore Road, Holland, Vermont 05830.  These donations will be used to support agricultural youth education and character development, which Mr. Daggett valued deeply.

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

obit GriffinMary E. Griffin

Mary E. Griffin, 89, died peacefully on November 12, 2013, at her home in West Charleston, where she lived for 70 years.

She was born on March 8, 1924, in Derby, to Wilfred J. and Lena (Duval) Gendreau.

Mrs. Griffin graduated from Derby Academy in 1943.  On November 8, 1943, she married Francis Griffin.

She was a cook for the Charleston Elementary School and served on the North Country Union High School board for 23 years.  She was also a 4H leader and cook at Coutts-Moriarty 4H camp.  She was member of St. Benedict’s and more recently the Mater Dei Parish council.

Her hobbies included crocheting, cooking, sewing and gardening.

She is survived by her daughter Linda Simoneau; her grandchildren:  Timothy and Tammy Simoneau, Michelle and Joey Hall, and Diane and Michael Pettengill; her great-grandchildren:  Samantha, Korrie, Morgan, Riley, Madison and Jayden Simoneau, and Katelyn, Gwen and Abigail Pettengill; her great-great-grandchild Penelope Long; her daughter Joanne Grassette; her grandchildren:  David Bean, Robert and Monica Bean, Heather and Jim Buttonow, and Christopher Bean; her great-grandchildren:  Haley and Griffin Bean, Brandon and Heather Bean, and Madison and Samuel Buttonow; her daughter Sally Brochu and her husband, Edward; her grandchildren:  Christine and Brian Wichert, Philip and Lynn Brochu, and Daniel Brochu; her great-grandchildren:  Isaiah and Owen Brochu; her daughter Dorothy Myers and her husband, Barry; her grandchildren:  Andrew and Danielle Myers, and Baylee Myers; her great-grandchildren:  Ruby and Ava Myers; her son Earl Griffin; her daughter Donna Willis and her husband, John; her grandchildren:  Benjamin and Angela Marcoux, Jason Marcoux, and Tyler Griffin-Marcoux; her daughter Anne Griffin; her grandchildren:  Melissa Currier, Trevor and Jennifer Currier, and Jonathan and Janine Currier; her great-grandchildren:  Jonathan, Christopher, Nicholas and Daniel Carpenter, Trevor Jr., Janie and Isabella Currier, Kiana, Kayla, Andrew and Matthew Currier; her son Francis “Tommy” Griffin; her grandchildren:  Jessica and Michael McQuaig, Kylee Griffin, and Cody Griffin; her great-grandchildren:  Connor and Trevor McQuaig; her daughter Jane Lueders and her husband, Carl; her grandchildren:  Emma, Luke and Page; her daughter Susan Broadbent and her husband, Joseph; and her grandchildren:  Bethany and Matthew.

She was predeceased by her husband Francis Griffin; her children:  Nancy, Diane and Timothy Griffin; her parents, Wilfred and Lena Gendreau; her sister Irene Gendreau; her grandchildren:  Adam Myers and Matthew Sinclair; and by her great-grandchild Milo Jewett.

Funeral services were held on November 15, at St. Benedict Labre Catholic Church in West Charleston.  Interment followed in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newport.

The family asks that any donations be made in her memory to the Mater Dei Parish, Youth Group & Family Formation, in care of Annie Gonyaw, 191 Clermont Terrace, Newport, Vermont 05855; or to Coutts-Moriarty Camp, P.O. Box 1, East Charleston, Vermont 05833.

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

Julia C. Hood

Julia Claire Hood, 89, formerly of East Hardwick, died peacefully at the Greensboro Nursing Home on Tuesday, November 12, 2013, with her foster daughter Barbara L. Smith at her bedside.

She was born on May 18, 1924, in Swanton, the daughter of Walter and Bernice (Martin) Laraby.

She had several jobs during her working years which included working as a waitress at Ray & Lucy’s Restaurant in Hardwick, as an assembly line lacer at the shoe factory in Littleton, New Hampshire, as a gas station attendant and as a manager of the Darling Inn, both in Lyndonville.

She enjoyed knitting and crocheting in her spare time.

She was a very private person.  The love of her life were her two cats, Snow and Baby.  She always found great comfort having at least one cat living in her home.

Along with her many friends, she will be missed by her foster daughter Barbara L. Smith of East Ryegate.  Barbara went to live with Ms. and Mr. Hood when she was six months old.

She was predeceased by her parents and her ex-husband, Wendell Hood, whom she had taken care of for the last two years of his life.

To honor her request, there will be no funeral services.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Greensboro Nursing Home, 47 Maggies Pond Road, Greensboro, Vermont 05841.

obit lawrencePauline M. Lawrence

Pauline M. Lawrence, 91, of Troy died suddenly on November 11, 2013, at her home.

She was born on April 30, 1922, in Troy, to Arsene and Armande (Bessette) Brault.

She married Robert Lawrence, who predeceased her in 1992.  She attended Sacred Heart School.

Mrs. Lawrence was postmaster for the U.S. Postal Service in Troy from 1967, retiring after 22 years of service.

Her hobbies included playing music, birdwatching, and gardening.  She loved her faith and family.  She was past choir director and organist for Sacred Heart Parish for 48 years.

She is survived by her daughter Patricia and her husband, Raymond LeMay; her grandchildren:  Mark LeMay and his wife, Barbara, of Troy, Maria LeMay Companion and her husband, James, of Florida, and Melissa LeMay and her fiancé, Luke White, of Texas; her great-grandchildren:  Melina and Michael LeMay, Chantal Companion and her husband, Brian Knudsen, and Marcia Piper; and by her great-great-grandchildren:  Hayden and Jacoby.  She also leaves her sisters:  Cecile Harold and her companion, Carl Mowery, and Yolande Lahue and her husband, Marvin.

She was predeceased by her sisters:  Theresa, Fernande, Rachel, and Estelle; and by her brothers:  Albert and John.

Funeral services were held on November 14, in Troy, with the Reverend Roger Charbonneau celebrating a Mass of Christian burial.  Interment followed in St. Ignatius Cemetery in Lowell.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Jay Food Shelf, 1036 Route 242, Jay, Vermont 05859.

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

obit masonDustin Joseph Mason

Dustin Joseph Mason, 25, died unexpectedly on Saturday, November 9, 2013.

He was born on July 21, 1988, in Burlington, the son of Monte and Shirley Deuso Mason.  He was a 2006 graduate of Peoples Academy and the automotive program at Green Mountain Tech Center.

He had worked at several garages over the years and was currently employed by the town of Morristown’s road crew.  He took great pride in his work.

He loved hockey, beginning with several years in the Stowe youth league and was a member of the first Peoples Academy team.  He was an avid Bruins fan.  He was a three-time state arm wrestling champion and at one time was ranked sixth in New England.  He enjoyed hunting and was recently involved with building the family camp in Craftsbury.  He liked doing side jobs with his tractor and was always very particular with his work.  He was always just a call away if anyone was in need of help.  Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his friends and family.  He was a great friend and dedicated family man.

He is survived by his wife Amanda Machia Mason; a daughter, Kaileigh Mason; a son expected to be born in March; his parents, Monte and Shirley Mason of Morristown; his mother-in-law Shirley Machia of North Hyde Park; his father-in-law James Machia of Waterville; his brother-in-law Jason Machia of Waterville; his aunts and uncles:  Ron and Liz Gamble, Elessia and Roger Audet, Rebecca Ross of Albany, Donna and Eddie Skinner of Albany, and Charlotte and Richard Holt of Tucson, Arizona; his cousins:  Mona Allen of Tucson, Tim and Brenda Hall and family, Diana and Ben LeRiche and family, Tammy Gamble and family, Kevin Mason and Angela Ross and family, and Ken and Sherry Ross and family; his special friends:  Kyle, Scott, Mike B., Chris, Dean, and the town of Morristown road crew; and by many other friends too numerous to mention.

He was predeceased by his brothers, Thomas and Douglass Mason; and by his grandparents, Esslyn Mason and Chelsia Mason.

Funeral services were held on November 14, in Morrisville. Interment was in Mountain View Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a fund being established for the benefit of his children and may be sent to:  Shirley Mason, 1264 Stagecoach Road, Morrisville, Vermont 05661.

Edwin Ovitt

Edwin Ovitt, 60, of Orleans died suddenly on November 15, 2013.

He was born on May 15, 1953, in Charleston, to Regena Ovitt (Moulton) and Herbert Ovitt.

He was a longtime logger, and recently worked for Tivoly.

He enjoyed fishing and playing poker with his friends and family.

He leaves behind a loving fiancée, Stella Bennett; and four children:  Patrick Bennett, Kevin Ovitt, Lilah Ovitt, and Laurel Ovitt.  He will be sadly missed by his brothers:  Rock, Kean, Rustin, and Dustin; his sisters:  Regena, Valerie, Brenda, and Debra; as well as by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his daughter Lori Powers.

A celebration of life will be held at the Irasburg Town Hall from 12 to 4 p.m., on Sunday, November 24.

obit PepinElaine Edith Davis Pepin

Elaine Edith Davis Pepin, 70, of Derby died unexpectedly early on Saturday morning, November 16, 2013, in Newport.

She was born in Hartford, Connecticut, on November 19, 1942, daughter of Jerry and Natalie Davis.

She attended schools in Derby and was a proud, active alumna of Derby Academy.  In 1961, she attended Champlain Business College, then completed an associate’s degree in business through the Community College of Vermont in 1980.  She recently returned to membership in the Northstar 25 Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star, and was a new member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.  She was an active member of the Community National Bank Community Circle and the Vermont 251 Club, which she very much enjoyed.

A compassionate senior companion and caregiver with an infectious laugh, she was a generous and loving woman adored by many people.  A volunteer at the Derby Historical Society, she was also the author of numerous articles for the Northland Journal, including many about Jay’s Snack Bar.

She was an avid scrapbooker, researcher of family genealogy and collector of cookbooks who published several cookbooks of her own.  She lived for dancing, music, cooking, her dog, Missy, and the love of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her parents, and by her ex-husband Paul Pepin, previously of Brownington.

She is survived by her long-time partner and loving companion, Joel “Papa Joe” Howes of Derby; her four children:  Theresa Pepin of Eden Mills, Dianne Pepin of Laconia, New Hampshire, Jerry Pepin and his wife, Sonja, of Brownington, and Christine Favreau and her husband, Mark, of Sheldon; her grandchildren:  Heidi Cyr, Jeannie Powers, Michelle Pepin, Geralyn, Gerin and Jaemin Fortin Pepin, Ryan Pepin, and Madison Favreau; her great-grandchildren:  Cole Phillips and Hunter Carlton; her sister Linda Dumond and her friend, Richard Roberts of Canaan; her brother Kenneth Davis and his partner, Sheila Dickerman, of Brandon; her brother Harvey Davis and his wife, Joan, of Bethel; her brother Craig and his wife, Jean, of West Charleston; as well as by many beloved nephews and nieces.  She loved her sisters- and brothers-in-law, including Irene Leblanc, the late Allen LeBlanc, Armand Pepin, Lorraine Pepin, Raymond Pepin, Beverly Pepin, Edward Pepin and Linda Pepin.

A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m., on Saturday, November 23, at the Derby Center Cemetery, with the Reverend Richard Whitehill officiating.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Derby Academy Alumni Association, P.O. Box 757, Derby, Vermont 05829.

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

obit SmithPeter Scott Smith

Peter Scott Smith, 50, of Newport died on Friday, November 8, 2013, at North Country Hospital in Newport, after a long battle with muscular dystrophy.

He was born in Brooklyn, New York, on June 4, 1963, and grew up in Rockaway Beach, New York.

He leaves behind his beloved six-year-old son Jayden, the light of his life; his parents:  Ronald and Irene Smith; his brothers:  Ronald Lee Smith and Christopher Smith; his sister Jacqueline Wilson and her husband, Jamie; his nieces:  Jonnie Michelle Brewster and Julia Payson; his grandniece Michelle McElroy; his nephews:  Matthew Smith, Alexander Smith and Jericho Wilson; his aunts and uncles, Catherine Meade, Theresa and Dennis Rosadio, and Frank Manchester; and many cousins.  He will be dearly missed by all his friends in Vermont and Rockaway Beach.

There will be no calling hours.  A Mass will be held at the convenience of the family.

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

obit WilleyAmanda Lynn Willey

Amanda Lynn Willey, 30, of Derby died suddenly on November 14, 2013, in Newport.

She was born on November 18, 1982, in Newport, to Jeffery and Julie (Stone) Willey.

She was a people person and was always willing to give a hand to anyone.  She loved to go to the beach with her kids.  Her children meant the world to her.

She leaves her son Tyler Dagesse and her daughter Madison Dagesse, both of Barton.  She is survived by her father Jeff Willey and Vickie of Westmore; her mother Julie Willey of Barton; her special niece Brianna Cotnoir of Barton; her aunts and uncles:  Peggy Bly and Tom of Derby, Tammi Hodgdon of Newport, Shirleen Willey and her friend, Alan, of Evansville, Lois Menard of Glover, Joan Willey and her husband, Eric, of North Hyde Park, Harley Stone and his wife, Cathy, of Craftsbury, Dale Stone and his wife, Audrey, of West Burke, John Willey and his wife, Nan, of Evansville, and Mark Willey and his wife, Cindy, of Barton; her grandmother Avis Billado of Enosburg; and by several cousins.

She was predeceased by her sister Amy Willey in 2002; her maternal grandparents, Hugh and Blanche Stone; and by several uncles.

A gathering will be held at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, at 12 Elm Street in Barton, on Thursday, November 21, from 10 to 11 a.m.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Heart Association, Vermont Affiliate Inc., 434 Hurricane Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495.

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

obit WilsonDorothy Leigh Wilson

Dorothy Leigh Wilson, 81, of Newport died peacefully, with her loving husband and children at her side, on November 15, 2013, in Derby.

She was born on February 1, 1932, in Andulsia, Alabama, to John and Gladine (Wissenhaunt) Merriman.

On September 28, 1957, she married Charles Wilson, who survives her.

She is survived by her husband Charles Wilson of Newport; her children:  Joyce Norrie and her husband, David, of St. Johnsbury Center, Jonathan Wilson and his wife, Marti, of Brownington, and Joseph Wilson and his wife, Penny, of Irasburg; her grandchildren:  Marissa Gadapee and her husband, Corey, Jesse Wilson and his wife, Donna, Jamie Wilson, Danny Gosselin and his fiancée, Amanda Gamble, Tiana Gosselin and her fiancé, Dakota Moses, Skyla and Naula Wilson, and Tucker Wilson; her great-grandchildren:  Damyin, Kiare, McKenzie and Axel; her brothers and sisters:  Houston Merriman of Lancaster, Massachusetts, Charles Merriman of Mountain Center, California, William Merriman of Carrollton, Texas, Louise Davis of Judsonia, Arkansas, Ima Green of Wynnewood, Oklahoma, Lorraine Miller and her husband, Allan, of Eustis, Florida, and Betty-Faye Haskew of Mobile, Alabama; and by many nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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

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