May 26, 2011
HARRIET P. THOMPSON
Harriet P. Thompson, 92, of Williston, formerly of Jeffersonville, died peacefully on Monday, May 16, 2011, in the Burlington Health and Rehabilitation Center following a short illness. She was born in Marlboro, N.J. on Jan. 21, 1919, the daughter of William and Minerva (Holmes) Preston. She was the youngest of 10 children, and has been predeceased by all. Harriet graduated from Freehold (N.J.) High School and attended Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pa. She continued her education and graduated from Scudder School in New York City. On Oct. 12, 1940, she married James A. Thompson in the Old Dutch Reformed Church in Marlboro, N.J. She was employed at Saugerties (N.Y.) High School for several years. After moving to Vermont in 1965, she volunteered at Second Chance in Morrisville for many years, was a volunteer ski instructor for the children’s ski program at Smuggler’s Notch and worked at Special Olympics events at the Notch, and ran and helped run the library in Jeffersonville for many years. She was a longtime member and volunteer at the Second Congregational Church in Jeffersonville, and belonged to the Crescendo Club in Jeffersonville. She is survived by her husband of over 71 years, James (Jim) of Williston; two daughters, Hallery Brunet and her companion, John Willis, of Williston and Bette Anderson of Olympia, Wash.; four grandchildren, James Brunet of Jacksonville, Fla., Jodie Donohue and her husband, Brian, of Summerville, S.C., William Brunet and his wife, Shirley, of Essex Junction and Robert Brunet of Waco, TX; two great-grandchildren, Aaron and Logan Brunet of Essex Junction; and numerous nieces and nephews. A celebration of her life was held on Saturday, May 21, 2011, at 1 p.m. in the Williston Federated Church. Burial will be at the convenience of her family. Visiting hours were held on Friday, May 20, 2011, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Ready Funeral and Cremation Service, Mountain View Chapel, 68 Pinecrest Drive, Essex Junction. To send online condolences to her family, please visit www.readyfuneral.com. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Williston Fire Department, 645 Talcott Rd., Williston, VT 05495.