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ELLA MAY JACKSON
NEW HAVEN — Ella May Jackson, 88, of New Haven, Vt., passed into eternity on Dec. 2, 2020. One of seven children, Ella spent her youth living in northern Maine, and Rhode Island, and her adult years in Connecticut and Vermont. She married the love of her life, Joseph Jackson Sr., in 1953. Together they raised two wonderful children JoAnn Brewer and Joseph Jackson III, and has several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She also leaves behind two brothers and a sister, many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, and many dear friends. A celebration of her life will be held after...

RUSSELL GLEN MASON
LEICESTER — Russell Glen Mason, age 65, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, Dec. 11, 2020, at the University of Vermont Medical Center. Mr. Mason was born in Elizabethtown, N.Y., on July 16, 1955. He was the son of James and Arlene (Jones) Mason. He grew up on the family farm on Reber Road, in Willsboro, N.Y., where he received his early education, and was a member of the Willsboro, N.Y., high school class of 1973.  Russell lived his life as a hardworking man who cared for anyone he met. He started that life at his family farm. He was a volunteer fireman and Chief for the local fire...

ROBERT MITCHELL
FERRISBURGH — Robert “Bob” Mitchell, 86, of Ferrisburgh, passed away peacefully on Sept. 14, 2020. He was born in Burlington, Vt., on September 16, 1933, to Elsie Babson Mitchell and Neil Mitchell, and grew up in Vergennes. In 1954, after serving in the U.S. Navy, he married Ellie Root, of Charlotte, raising their family in Ferrisburgh. Bob worked at Simmonds Precision for 35 years, taught NRA hunter safety classes, and was a local historian.  With a true passion for this area, he passed on his spark for learning to many. He had many wild adventures as an avid hunter and fisherman. Bob is...

WALTER RANSOM “RANDY” RICE JR.
LINCOLN — Beloved pastor, father, grandfather, and friend Walter Ransom “Randy” Rice Jr. passed away peacefully on Dec. 4, at Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Middlebury, Vt. Randy was born in Niagara Falls, New York, in 1932 to Walter Ransom Rice and Leah Viola Proudfoot Rice. He attended Niagara Falls High School and was known as a top-level golfer and badminton player. Randy attended Middlebury College. In 1956 Randy married his high school sweetheart Suzanne “Sue” Belden Rice, and over 61 years of marriage they walked closely together in companionship, humor, and...
We apologize to Charles “Chuck” Martin of Middlebury for the confusion around an obituary that appeared in Thursday’s Addison Independent that has resulted in the mistaken belief among many people that he had passed away. This Chuck Martin, a former longtime teacher and football coach at Middlebury Union High School, is very much alive, we are thankful to report. The mistake happened when we received a note from a grieving community member of a different Charles “Chuck” Martin reporting his death. Although we did communicate through a series of emails, we were mistakenly left with the...

DAVID K. HEATH SR.
STARKSBORO — David K. Heath Sr., 63, died early Thursday morning, Dec. 3, 2020, at his residence after a courageous battle with cancer, surrounded by his loving family. He was born April 27, 1957, in Burlington, the son of Floyd C. Heath Sr. and Beatrice M. (Tuttle) Heath. David was a dairy farming hand working for the Clifford Family Farm. He enjoyed riding his four-wheeler, mowing his lawn, hunting, spending time with his grandchildren and was an avid Yankees fan. David is survived by his loving wife Linda (Barrows) Heath of Starksboro; by his daughter Amber Barrows; by his son David K....

NANCY WARNER BENZ
LINCOLN – Nancy Warner Benz, age 86, passed away peacefully at EastView in Middlebury on Nov. 17, 2020. She will be dearly missed by her large family and many friends. Nancy Elaine Warner was born in Waterbury, Conn., on May 8, 1934, and was raised by her loving parents, Harriet and Oscar Warner in nearby Woodbury, Conn., along with her two younger sisters. She was valedictorian of her high school class and graduated from Middlebury College in 1956 with an A.B. in English Literature. Nancy continued her education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she received an Ed.M. in 1958...

F. RICHARD “DICK” CRAMTON
MIDDLEBURY — Dick Cramton, 88, of Middlebury and Burlington, passed away at Porter Health and Rehabilitation on Dec. 4, 2020, after a fall from which he could not recover. Many thanks to the staff of Porter who were kind and caring to him and our family. Dick grew up in Jenkintown, Pa. He was captain of the football team, played trumpet, and was valedictorian of his high school class. He graduated from Lehigh University with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. Afterward, he married his first love (Nan), whom he met working summers during college as a camp counselor in the Pocono Mountains. He...

KEVIN M. D’AVIGNON
RUTLAND TOWN — Kevin M. D’Avignon, loving father and son, died on Nov. 30, 2020, after a life-long battle with addiction that he was sadly unable to overcome. Born in Middlebury on April 27, 1961, he was the son of the late Clement M. D’Avignon and Margaret J. (Malloy) D’Avignon. He was a long-time resident of Addison County, attended local schools, and honorably served for many years as a Police Officer for the Miami Beach Police Department and Deputy for the Addison County Sheriff’s Department. Kevin loved his children more than life. He enjoyed spending time outdoors camping, hiking,...
HINESBURG — Charles “Chuck” Martin passed away on Monday, Nov. 2, 2020. No services will be held at this time. ——————  ——————  ——————    Editor's Note: The family of Chuck Martin, longtime teacher and football coach at Middlebury Union High School, has let the Independent know that this announcement does not pertain to him, but a different Chuck Martin. We apologize to the Middlebury Chuck Martin and his family, and offer our condolences to the family of the Hinesburg Mr. Martin.

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