October 25, 2014

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SHIRLEY ANN GIROUX

Shirley Ann Giroux, 78, joined her husband, Jack, in Heaven on March 11, 2014. She was born on July 8, 1935, in Springfield, the daughter of Russell and Beulah (Thorpe) Raymond. Shirley graduated from Castleton State College, then worked as an elementary school teacher for many years. After her teaching career, her family had a dairy farm in Williston. Her hobbies included painting, quilting, rugmaking, needlework and gardening. She spent many joyful hours walking her dog, Annie, and enjoyed spending time with her neighbors. She is survived by her three children, sons, John Giroux and wife, Pam, of Hinesburg, and James Giroux and wife, Cori, of Richmond; daughter, Jill Knudson and husband, Brian, of Williston; seven grandchildren, Rob and Chris Giroux, Marissa, Brendon and Colby Giroux, and Shelby and Ethan Knudson; four great-grandchildren, Olivia, Katie, Isabelle, and Colton Giroux; two sisters, Joan Carlyle and husband, Robert, and Sally Gabert; and brother and sisters-in-law, Charlie and Rose Hansen, and Gene and Norma Giroux. She was predeceased by her parents; her husband, Clarence “Jack” Giroux; and brother, Russell Raymond. Graveside services will be held at Riverview Cemetery in Richmond in the spring. Arrangements are in care of the Gifford Funeral and Cremation Service, 22 Depot St., Richmond. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Shirley’s name may be made to the Vermont Cancer Center, Development Office, 111 Colchester Avenue, Burlington, VT 05401.

MAXINE GRACE FLINT GRIFFITH

Maxine Grace Flint Griffith passed peacefully to her final home in Heaven on Wednesday, March 5, 2014, surrounded by her immediate family in Helen Porter Health and Rehabilitation Center. Maxine was born on July 19, 1927, in Randolph, the second of three daughters born to Clarence M. and Phyllis (MacDonald) Flint. She was a graduate of Spaulding High School, then pursued degrees in nursing, obtaining an RN from the Fletcher School of Nursing in ‘48, and a B.S. in Nursing Education from UVM in ‘51. She married Phillip Griffith in 1953, and they raised three children in Williston. Maxine performed various nursing roles throughout her life, working at Mary Fletcher Hospital, serving as a summer camp nurse, providing private duty health care, and finally acting as caregiver for her own mother from 1988 until her death in 1994. Mom loved being outdoors, tending her gardens, and hunting wildflowers. She loved feeding and watching the birds; cardinals were a favorite. She was a very talented seamstress, making her own clothes and doing mending and alterations for many folks. Mom was a great cook, and her lasagna is remembered fondly by many. When friends or family would stop in, feeding them was a pleasure for her. Maxine was one of the last faces of the “Old East End” of Williston village, which enjoyed its own tight-knit community. Mom had a deeply rooted spirituality, and was a member of various churches and organizations. Mom enjoyed robust health most of her life, until being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. In November 2007, Helen Porter became her new home. With its country setting, beautifully landscaped courtyard, and attentive care, the transition was very smooth. Maxine is survived by her three children, sons, Peter and wife, Cindy, of Milton, and Leslie and partner, Melissa Moore, of Ferrisburgh; and daughter, Martha and husband, Serge Poirier, of Williston, and their two sons, Nicolas and Ryan. She was predeceased by her two sisters, Elizabeth and Constance “Connie.” The family would like to express their heartfelt appreciation for the loving care and attention afforded our mother these past six years by the staff of the Helen Porter HRC memory care neighborhood. Mom was treated like family by each person there who touched her life. We are grateful that they were able to share her journey, and touched by their outpouring of sympathy at our loss, feeling it as their own. There will be no services at this time. The family plans to host a celebration of Maxine’s life at a future date. Contributions in Maxine’s memory can be made to Helen Porter Health and Rehabilitation Center, c/o Karen Russell, 30 Porter Drive, Middlebury, VT 05753.

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