Monica L. Boutin, 53, passed away after a brief illness on Feb. 27, 2012, in Fletcher Allen Health Care. She was born March 15, 1958 in Burlington to Mary Boutin and the late Leo J. Boutin Jr. Monica spent most of her life helping out on the family farm, and was always willing to help her parents with anything. She was a devoted Mom to her only daughter, Christina, who, in turn, was the center of her world. She will be forever missed by her many friends and neighbors, especially Lorraine and Joanne Martel, as well as Scooter and Jazzy, who will forever be looking for their favorite doggie- sitter. Monica is survived by her cherished daughter, Christina; devoted mother, Mary Boutin; brothers, Kevin Boutin Sr. and Alba, Leo Boutin III and Mona, Michael Boutin and Mark, Gary Boutin and partner, Julie; sisters, Tina Gallison and Dean, and Loretta Lynch; brother-in-law, Harold Lewis; grandmother, Loretta Beaupre; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews; and many good friends at Maple Tree Place. Monica was predeceased by her father, Leo Boutin Jr.; brother, Steven Boutin; sister, Kimberly Lewis; paternal grandparents, Winifred and Leo Boutin Sr.; and maternal grandfather, Howard Beaupre. Visiting hours were held on Thursday, March 15 and were immediately followed by a Memorial Service at Gifford’s Funeral Home in Richmond.
Gloria Ann Conant
Gloria Ann (Linsenmeir) Conant died on Sunday, March 11, 2012, at her home, surrounded by her family, one day after the birth of her thirteenth great-grandchild, thereby completing another circle of life. She was born on Jan. 14, 1926 in Syracuse, N.Y. to Marion and Francis Linsenmeir. She attended Burlington schools and graduated from Cathedral High and Burlington Business College. In 1947, she married Ransom Martin Conant. They were the fifth generation to act as stewards of Riverside Farms in Richmond, where they raised their family of six children. Ranny died in March of 1969, leaving Gloria to raise their family and to run the family farm in an era when women seldom stepped into that role. She leaves a legacy of love and care, welcoming many children, including several nieces and nephews into the family. Gloria served as a member of the Vermont House of Representatives and later became a member of the University of Vermont Board of Trustees. She served on the Board of Directors of the Federal Farm Credit Banks. She also served as a director of the New England Dairy and Food Council, the Champlain Valley Milk Producers Cooperative and the Milk Promotion Services Council. She was a chairperson of the Vermont Governor’s Agricultural Advisory Board, and a trustee and director of the Eastern States Exposition. She was involved in the Richmond community as a chairperson of the Richmond Zoning Board, a member of the Richmond Planning Commission, the Friendship Chapter of the Eastern Stars, the Republican Town Committee, and the Chittenden County Chapter of Business and Professional Women. Gloria was honored at the World Dairy Expo and awarded National Dairy Woman of the Year in 1983. She was inducted into the Vermont Agricultural Hall of Fame in 2003. She leaves a legacy as a businesswoman, but most important to her is her legacy of strong family values. She is survived by her family, Mary Lynn and Terry Riggs; Liza and James MacAuley, and Maeve and Elsie Mae; Tyler and Jensen Riggs, and Magnus and Josie; Will and Eleanor Rigg; Sarah (Sally) Conant; Courtney and Steve Boutin, and Addie, Lily and Bella; Katie and Will Lawlor, and Avery and Willy; Molly Turpin; David and Deb Conant; Hannah and Matt Dransfield, and Lev and Nina; Ransom Conant and Alison Kosakowski; Emily and Drew Donovan, and Zell and Oliver; Gilly and Travis Rohlin; Kim and Jo-Anne Conant; Sam Conant and Chelsea Conant; Jay and Patti Conant; Corey and Meghan Conant; Kyle Conant; Chris Conant; Jessi Conant; Ali Conant; and Nate Conant; as well one very close “fifth son”, the late Bobby Clairmont. Gloria is predeceased by Ransom Conant; her brother, Reg Linsenmeir; her daughter-in-law, Denyse Conant; and Roger Daniels. A special thanks goes out to Betsy Preston, NSS. Funeral services were held on Thursday, March 15 at Richmond Congregational Church, Bridge Street, Richmond. In accordance with Gloria’s wishes, contributions may be made to The Bella Fund in order to defray the medical cost related to her great-granddaughter’s liver transplant. Donations can be made in care of Nancy M. Boutin, 83 Cascade St., Essex Junction, Vt. 05452.