Obituaries September 27, 2017

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Loriann Lawson

Loriann Lawson, 46, of St. Johnsbury died suddenly on September 19, 2017, in St. Johnsbury.

She was born on September 1, 1971, in Springfield, to Evelyn (Jenness) Bullis and the late Robert Bullis.

She received an associate’s degree in computer technology. Among her hobbies she enjoyed ’80’s music and arts and crafts. She was a very religious person.

She is survived by her children: Carrieann Osmer of Madisonville, Kentucky, Merrill Blair of Lyndonville, Nicholas Granai of Georgia, and BreAnn Libby of Kentucky; and by her grandchildren: Rayn Peppin, Dalan Larkins, and Rayven Bowen. She is also survived by her brother John Libbey and his two daughters.

She was predeceased by her father, Robert Bullis.

Funeral services were held on September 23 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home in Newport with the Reverend Laurence Wall officiating.

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Bickford C. Libby

Bickford C. Libby, 86, of Orleans, died on September 21, 2017, in Barton surrounded by his family.

He was born on March 28, 1931, in St. Johnsbury, to Clarence and Alice (Smith) Libby. On October 17, 1962, he married Audrey Rexford who predeceased him on October 15, 2012.

Mr. Libby was road commissioner for the town of Barton for many years, and also owned his own business. Although he wore many hats, there was one thing he always had time for and that was family. His strong desire and dedication in life gained the love and respect of many. He always tended to others before himself, making sure everyone was taken care of.

Among other things, he enjoyed spending time with his daughters, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, watching them grow. He also enjoyed watching NASCAR and baseball (he was a Boston Red Sox fan), reading, doing puzzles, and plowing snow. His family will cherish all of the memories from his love of telling stories, spending time at his family farm, and taking road trips.

He is survived by his children: Connie McCoy of Brownington, and Donna Driver and her husband, Bill, of North Troy; by his grandchildren: Melissa Schwarm and her husband, Scott, Randy Marckres and his wife, Amber, Timothy Marckres and his wife, Angel, Jennifer Driver, and Danielle Driver; and by seven great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held at the family’s convenience at Pleasant View Cemetery in Orleans with the Reverend Glenn Saaman officiating.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Maple Lane Nursing Home Activities Fund, 60 Maple Lane, Barton, Vermont 05822. Online condolences can be shared at


Laurie Jean Parmenter

Laurie Jean Parmenter, 56, of Mesa, Arizona, passed away on July 21, 2017, surrounded by family, after many years battling cancer.

She was born on December 23, 1960, in Burlington, to Donna Rae Parmenter. She was adopted by her grandparents at the age of five. She graduated from Sacred Heart High School in 1978. Years later, she reconnected with her mother and four brothers in Arizona.

She worked in the newspaper business for several years and loved being with her family.

She is survived by her daughter Meghan Kathleen Parmenter; her brothers: Scott Rivard and his wife, Kim, and their families, Jeff Rivard, and Tim Rivard and his wife, Melissa, and their families.

She cherished her grandchildren: Kaylee, Hunter, Shawn, and Sophia. They were her pride and purpose for living on through seven years of cancer treatments.

Her dear friend Connie Krosschell became a lifeline and made herself available at all times to meet her needs.

Ms. Parmenter had an unwavering faith in God and His will for her life.

Others who survive her are: her aunt Nancy Parmenter-Allen and her husband, Charles; her cousins: Cathi Judd-Ste.Marie, and her husband, Peter, and their seven children and their families, David Judd and his daughter Emily; her aunt Jessie Percy-Parmenter; her cousins: Cindy Parmenter-Patenaude and her husband, Donald, and their families, Valerie Parmenter-Spooner and her husband, Jim, and their families, Michael Parmenter and his family, Barry Parmenter, and Danielle Paquin.

She was predeceased by her brother Stephen Rivard; her grandparents: Theodore Parmenter Sr., and Catherine Allen-Parmenter; her uncle, Theodore Parmenter Jr.; and her mother Donna Rae Parmenter.

A committal service will be held on Sunday, October 1, at 2 p.m., at the North Troy Cemetery on Cemetery Road in North Troy.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 42040, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73123.


Philip H. Sherlaw

Philip H. Sherlaw, 84, of Derby, died on September 16, 2017, in Derby.

He was born on March 9, 1933, in the town of Newport to Floyd and Ila (Sanborne) Sherlaw.

On April 29, 1961, he married Stella Twofoot, who predeceased him in 2001. Mr. Sherlaw has had many occupations in his life, including farming, running a sawmill, and logging.

He is probably best known as “the wood man” by many residents of the Northeast Kingdom. He spent a lot of years splitting up and delivering firewood to homes in this area. He also liked to spend time at the sugarhouse “overseeing” the sugaring operations with Doug and Fred.

He loved his family and always had a smile on his face whenever his grandchildren or great-grandchildren were near. He loved dogs and had many four-legged companions over the years.

Mr. Sherlaw is survived by his son Doug Sherlaw and his wife, Brenda, of Derby; his daughter Tracey Paul and her husband, Claude, also of Derby; and his stepchildren: Bonnie Little, and Steve and Larry Griggs. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Fred Sherlaw and his wife, Amy, Melinda Henderson and her husband, Jay, Kyla, Emilie, and Julia Paul, Rockie Griggs and his wife, Leesa, Jen Bowen, and her companion Buck Dube, Sarah Bidwell and her husband, Kyle, Travis Broe and his wife Crystal.

He has many great-grandchildren who he adored and who will miss their “Big Poppa.”

He was predeceased by two stepchildren: David Griggs and Joyce McCoy.

A graveside ceremony was held on September 25 at the Derby Cemetery with Pastor Paul Prince Jr. officiating.

Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Sherlaw’s memory to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, Vermont 05855.

Online condolences may be made at

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