William “Denny” Rule
VERGENNES — William “Denny” Rule, 58, of Vergennes died on April 3, 2009, peacefully in his home surrounded by his wife and children after battling a brain tumor.
He was born Jan. 23, 1951, the son of William S. Rule and Charmaine (Whittemore) Rule. He attended school at Middlebury Union High School and worked most of his life as a mechanic. He worked as a fleet mechanic for Kirk’s Lawn Care and Snow Plowing for the past 10 years. Before that he was an advocate, at first providing free legal services to Addison County residents through the Community Law Center and then at Addison County Community Action Group as a tenant advocate.
In his younger years, he was in the U.S. Marine Corps.
His two favorite hobbies were racing and hunting. He built two racecars and never missed a hunting season.
He is survived by his wife, Diana (LaFountain) Rule; his children and step-children, Wendy Mortus and her husband David of Florida, Tory Palmer and her husband Andre of New Haven, Jamie Swain of Burlington, Jonah Rule and his wife Caitlin of Cornwall, Danielle Swain and her fiancé Tracy of Pittsford, Chasidy Counter and her partner Nick Emmons of Middlebury, Jessie Rule and his fiancé Bethany Randall of Middlebury, Erica Counter of Shelburne, and Chad Rule and his partner Stephanie Needham of Middlebury; 14 grandchildren and step-grandchildren; a brother, Jeffrey Rule and his wife Carol; and a sister, Lynne Provencher.
He was predeceased by his parents and his brother-in-law Dale Provencher.
Visiting hours will be 1-3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 7, at Sanderson-Ducharme Funeral Home on South Main Street in Middlebury. A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. at the funeral home, with a graveside service immediately following at the Weybridge Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Addison County Home Health and Hospice, P.O. Box 754, Middlebury, VT 05753.
CORNWALL — Mat Oxford, also known as “Ozie” or “Mrs. O.,” of Cornwall, died unexpectedly of a heart attack on March 13, 2009, at the age of 74.
She first fell in love with Vermont when she was a young dairy farmer’s wife in Brandon in 1960. She moved to her home in Cornwall in 1967. She loved her home and land in Cornwall and worked tirelessly to preserve both. She loved her family and many friends. Her love of children led her to teach kindergarten in her home for 20 years.
She was known for reaching out to others regardless of their age or race. She could whip up a delicious meal in moments and would feed everyone in sight. She was passionately interested in alternative medicine, and healthy eating. She loved crafts of all kinds, especially hooking rugs, which lead her to start a club called “The Happy Hookers of the Baptist Church.” Family said this gives a taste of her sense of humor.
She is survived by two brothers, Ben Tier of Shelburne and David Tier of Middlebury; three children, Peter Oxford of Cornwall, Lee Cunningham of North Potomac, Md., and Glenn Oxford of Fredericksburg, Va.; and six grandchildren.