VERGENNES — Elsa Doolittle Barmore, 87, formerly of Richmond, Vt., and Poughkeepsie, N.Y., died quietly in Vergennes on July 11.
She was born on Oct. 31, 1921, in Newburgh, N.Y. She was the daughter of Marion Ellen Millan Doolittle and Rex Cornell Doolittle. She was a direct descendent of John Jay, the first chief justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, and Ephraim Doolittle, aide-de-camp to Gen. George Washington.
She moved to Vermont when her husband transferred to IBM in Essex Junction in 1957.
As an artist in oils, she studied under Emile Walters. Her relatives say she was a devoted mother and loving wife, and in later years, her greatest joy was to share her lovely soprano voice as part of the church choir.
She is survived by her sister, Elizabeth Hampel of Middlebury; her stepdaughter, Carole Damico, of Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; and her first cousin and guardian, Roberta M. Roy of Port Henry and Rhinebeck, N.Y.
She was predeceased by her husband of over 25 years, Louis A. Barmore. She was also predeceased by her daughter Karen Bo jara Smith.
A memorial service was held Sunday, July 19, in the Memorial Garden of the Richmond Congregational Church in Richmond. The Memorial Garden was the vision of Elsa’s late husband, Louis. Her ashes were interred there, beside his.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or the local humane society.
Freda Mae Euber
BRANDON — Freda Mae Euber, 91, died Tuesday, July 14, 2009, at her home in Brandon.
She was born in Belvidere Center on April 3, 1918. She was the daughter of John and Florence (LaFoe) Prescott. She received her education in Castleton schools.
April 7, 1934, she married Lawrence “Barney” Euber in the Wesleyan Church in Forest Dale. He died March 21, 1991.
She worked for more than 40 years as a machine operator for Newton Thompson Wooden Toy Manufacturing Co. in Forest Dale. She retired in 1979. Relatives say she enjoyed sewing, animals, her flower gardens and taking care of her grandchildren. She was a member of the Forest Dale Wesleyan Church.
She is survived by two daughters, Lillian Williams of New Hampton, N.H., and Sonja Mahoney of Brandon; a sister, Marion Campeau of Rutland; seven grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; 17 great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was predeceased by her husband; three brothers, Cleon Button, Francis “Red” Button and Albert Prescott; two sisters, Imogene Gearwar and Evelyn Capen; and a grandson.
The funeral service was held Saturday, July 18, at the Forest Dale Wesleyan Church. The Rev. John McDonald, pastor, officiated. The graveside committal service and burial followed, in the family lot at Forest Dale Cemetery.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Brandon Area Rescue Squad, PO Box 232, Brandon, VT 05733, or to the Rutland Area Visiting Nurse & Hospice, 7 Albert Cree Drive, Rutland, VT 05701.
STARKSBORO — Lyle M. Shepard, 88, died Wednesday, July 15, 2009, in his home in Starksboro surrounded by his family.
He was born March 31, 1921, in Starksboro, the son of the late Percy and Mildred Tarte Shepard.
He attended school in Starksboro. He served in U.S. Army in WW II in England, France, Belgium and Germany. He married the love of his life, Joyce Beshaw, on March 1, 1947.
He held several jobs and retired from Burlington Electric Light Co. He was a member of St. Jude Catholic Church in Hinesburg, and Bristol American Legion Post 19.
His family says he was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He enjoyed having breakfast with his many friends every morning. His hobbies were hunting, gardening and spending many hours working on projects in his barn.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Joyce Shepard of Starksboro; three children, Allen and his wife Mary of Williston, Stanley of Starksboro, Jeffrey and fiancée Laurie Hawkins of New Haven; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; three sisters, Vivian Provost of Swanton, Vera Cota of Starksboro and Ruthena Zeno of Starksboro; a brother, Lloyd Shepard and wife Louise of Williston; four sisters-in-law, Rollande Shepard, Irene Beshaw, Hazel Langlois and Theresa Mumlay; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by two brothers, Floyd and Donald, and a grandson, Andrew Shepard.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 20, at St. Jude Catholic Church in Hinesburg. Interment will be in Green Mount Cemetery in Starksboro.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Addison County Home Health & Hospice, PO Box 754, Middlebury, VT 05753, or the American Cancer Society, 121 Connor Way, Williston, VT 05495.
STARKSBORO — Karey E. “Kiki” Ward, 57, of Starksboro, died Wednesday, July 15, 2009, in Starr Farm Nursing Center following a courageous fight with cancer.
She was born in Burlington on Sept. 28, 1951, the daughter of Arthur and Muriel (Mossey) Brown. She graduated from Burlington High School, class of 1969, and the Vermont College of Cosmetology.
She owned and operated the Starksboro Daycare for over 20 years. Relatives say she enjoyed traveling, the ocean, her flower gardens and dancing. Her greatest joy was the love of her life, her son Brett.
She is survived by her son, Brett Ward of Colchester; her companion, Sam Booska of Starksboro; her mother, Muriel Mossey Brown of Starksboro; her siblings, Debrah Brown of Starksboro, Ross Brown of Bristol, Darcy Gill of North Carolina and Wendy Shepard of Starksboro. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and a great-nephew.
She was predeceased by her father, Arthur Brown; a brother, Arthur Brown; and a sister, Loris Brown.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Monday, July 20, 2009, at 11 a.m. in Holy Cross Church, Colchester. Burial will be held later at the convenience of the family.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society of Vermont, PO Box 1460, Williston, VT 05495. To send online condolences to the family visit www.readyfuneral.com.