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Obituaries 07/30/09

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Robert Clark

BRANDON — Robert Paul Clark, 80, died Tuesday, July 28, 2009, at Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Middlebury.

The funeral service will be held Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2009, at 11 a.m. at the Brandon Baptist Church.

There are no public calling hours.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Brandon Area Rescue Squad, PO Box 232, Brandon, VT 05733, or to Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, Recreational Fund for the Residents, Porter Drive, Middlebury, VT 05753.

A complete obituary will appear in a later edition of the Independent.


Edward Couture

FERRISBURGH — Edward J. Couture, 67, of Ferrisburgh died Friday, July 24, 2009, at Porter Medical Center in Middlebury.

He was born Feb. 23, 1942, in Newbury, the son of the late Judes and Beaulah (Bean) Couture.

He attended St. Johnsbury Academy and St. Johnsbury Trade School. He married Jacqueline Bijolle in November 1960.

He worked in Littleton, N.H., at Connor and Hoffman Shoe Factory, and Wayne Building Material in St. Johnsbury Center. He moved to Newport and worked for Prouty & Miller Lumber Yard for five years, and was district manager for three locations in Vergennes, Newport and St. Johnsbury. He purchased Vergennes Building Supply from Prouty and Miller in 1987, and he built his home in Ferrisburgh.

He retired in 2005 and continued to live in Ferrisburgh. Family says his hobbies were horses, UVM sports, golf, tractors, dogs, and going out for dinner with his friends. He was a member of the Vergennes Lions Club, Eagles Club in Vergennes, and Elks Club in Burlington.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Jacqueline Couture of Ferrisburgh; three children, Joe Couture and wife Teal of Charlotte; Matt Couture and wife Brittany of Addison; and Michelle Heitkamp and husband Steven of St. Albans; six grandchildren; four sisters, Leah, Alberta, Blanche and Josephine; and several nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated Tuesday, July 28, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Vergennes, with interment in Union Cemetery in Ferrisburgh.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association, 434 Hurricane Lane, Williston, VT 05495, or American Diabetes Association, 77 Hegeman Ave., Colchester, VT 05446.


Hazel Fisher

WATERBURY — Hazel Anna Fisher, 81, a longtime resident of Waterbury, died peacefully Friday, July 24, 2009, at Berlin Health and Rehabilitation Center in Barre.

She was born March 10, 1928, in Starksboro, the daughter of the late Robert and Anna (Brace) Fisher.

Relatives say she loved her family and friends. She enjoyed walking, collecting hats and wearing them, socializing, changing her clothes and her red lipstick.

She is survived by two children, Elizabeth Torrey and husband Jay, and Donald Fisher and wife Janice; two grandchildren; two brothers, Robert Weller and Irwin Weller; and a sister, Katherine Weller.

She was predeceased by her husband, Moses Fisher, in 1958 and by a child, Moses.
A graveside service was held Wednesday, July 29, at Greenwood Cemetery in Bristol.


Howard Haight

CHARLOTTE — Howard A. Haight, 86, of Charlotte died Sunday, July 26, 2009, at Starr Farm Nursing Home in Burlington.

He was born Jan. 14, 1923, in Ferrisburgh, the son of the late Dewey and Della Adams Haight.

He was a dairy farmer for 37 years and retired in 1981.

He was a member of Maranatha Christian Church in Williston, and he attended Assembly of God Christian Center in Ferrisburgh. He was a member of Ferrisburgh Grange and a past member of Ferrisburgh Fire Department.

His family says he enjoyed hunting, fishing, cards, board games, horseshoes, camping, chocolate, dancing and family gatherings.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Jacqueline Haight of Charlotte; four sons, Robert Haight of Panton, Wayne Haight and wife Elizabeth of Orange Park, Fla., David Haight and wife Debra of Colchester, and Kevin Haight and wife Belinda of Ferrisburgh; a daughter, Mary Baker and husband Burtis of South Barre; 14 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a brother, Ralph Haight and wife Helen of Bradington, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a daughter, Cheryl, and a sister, Marion.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 30, at Assembly of God Christian Center in Ferrisburgh. with Bishop Richard Callahan officiating. Interment will be in North Ferrisburgh Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Addison County Home Health & Hospice, PO Box 754, Middlebury, VT 05753, or Maranatha Christian Church, 1037 South Brownell Rd., Williston, VT 05495.


Bette Harrison

ARLINGTON, Va. — Bette Harrison, 55, of Arlington, Va., formerly of Middlebury, died unexpectedly Sunday, July 26, 2009.

She was born June 8, 1954, in Lebanon, N.H. She graduated from Middlebury Union High School in 1972.

She is survived by two daughters, Michele of Sterling, Va., and Danielle of Norfolk, Va.; two granddaughters; her mother, Betty Harrison of Middlebury; four sisters, Georgia Hamilton and Bridget Wagner of Middlebury, Robin Falta of Cornwall, and Holly Doyle of Bellows Falls; and a brother, Jim Harrison of Middlebury.

She was predeceased by her father, Bob, and her brother, Don.

A memorial service is planned in Norfolk, Va. A private family service will be held in Middlebury at a later date.


Mabel James

BRISTOL — Mabel Jeanette James, 87, died July 23, 2009, after a long illness at her home with family by her side.

She was born in Bristol on Feb. 19, 1922, the daughter of William and Alma Lucia. Her early adult years were spent working at Burlington Brush Factory and Kennedy Brothers in Bristol. On Dec. 31, 1945, she married William “Bill” James. They celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary last year.

She was a home person devoting her time to their children, her garden and flowers. In the early ’50s they built their home on Fitch Avenue.

She is survived by her husband; two brothers, Martin of Windsor, Conn., and Charles of Hinesburg; a sister, Myrtle of Vergennes; a son, Jim Lucia and wife Linda of Bristol; three daughters, Susan and her husband Keith of Spokane, Wash., Beverly and husband John of Monkton, and Maureen of Salisbury; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held at St. Ambrose Church in Bristol on Monday, July 27, with burial following in Greenwood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Addison County Home Health & Hospice, PO Box 754, Middlebury, VT 05753.


Clayton Jennings

BRANDON — Clayton Daniel Jennings, 79, died Wednesday, July 22, 2009, at the Methodist Medical Center in Peoria, Ill.

He was born in Shoreham on Aug. 28, 1929. He was the son of Vernon and Beatrice (Kilburn) Jennings. He spent his youth in Brandon and graduated from Brandon High School, class of 1947.

He was a self-employed truck driver for over 40 years. He had made his home in Glens Falls N.Y., and for over the past 12 years had resided in Maquon, Ill.

Survivors include his mother, Beatrice Howes of Castleton; two daughters, June Scott of Taylor, Mich., and Beth Ann Jennings of Jericho; a sister, Barbara Jennings Rogers of Poultney; nine grandchildren; two great-granddaughters; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A brother, Donald Jennings, and two sisters, Marjorie Jennings and Joyce Jennings Sabourin, predeceased him.

The graveside committal service and burial was held on Tuesday, July 28, in the Pine Hill Cemetery in Brandon.


Jeanne Malcolm

TUCSON, Ariz. — Jeanne Elizabeth (Pearson) Malcolm, 89, died Sunday, July 12, 2009.
Soon after her birth on Dec. 21, 1919, in New York City, her family moved to East Middlebury, where she spent her girlhood on the family farm. She started college at the University of Vermont at the age of 16, then graduated from Middlebury College in the class of 1941 with her fiancé, John Malcolm.

After World War II, they settled in Canterbury, N.H., to raise their family. She began teaching elementary school as her oldest child headed off to college. After moving to Maine, she continued to teach in the Cape Elizabeth schools until she retired in 1981.

They spent their retirement years in Venice, Fla., and at their cottage on Highland Lake in Falmouth, Maine. The last four years of her life, she resided in Tucson, Ariz., near her daughter, Beth.

Relatives say she had wide-ranging interests and was always involved in her community through church and community service groups. Her family remembers her terrific sense of humor and loved making her laugh. She truly was a shining example of “the Greatest Generation.”

She leaves her children, Michael Malcolm and wife Susan, David Malcolm and wife Judi, Sue Malcolm and husband Tom, and Beth Malcolm and husband Eric; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a great-great grandson.

There will be a private family gathering in early August at Highland Lake. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

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