April 26, 2017


Jan. 26, 2012



Surrounded by her family, Christine Percita (Twombly) Ryan, 85, passed away peacefully on Jan. 19, in her home, due to complications following a stroke. She was born in Morrisville on Nov. 19, 1926. Christine was a longtime and much loved employee of Fletcher Allen Hospital. She was best known for her honesty, never-ending smiles and laughter. Christine was also devoted to her family and, without hesitation, would help any way she could. She will also be missed for her never-ending quest for the perfect cup of coffee and her soft-spoken “Honey Girl” to her grandchildren. She was the daughter of the late Henry Twombly and Ellen Brown. Her beloved husband, George Ryan, and daughter, Ellen Laberge, predeceased her in 2006. She is survived by five children, Phillip Ryan of Colchester, Charlene Marchbank and her husband, Jim, of Santa Ana, Calif., Darleen Dove of Santa Ana, Calif., Penny Caesar and her husband, Geoff, of Garden Grove, Calif., Jill Martin and her husband, Duke, of Nipomo, Calif.; six grandchildren, Debbi Sheehan of Vergennes, Sherry Pontbriand and her husband, Steve, of Georgia, Aimee Boucher and her husband, Michael, of Colchester, Wendy Ostroy and her husband, Allen, of Burlington, Ryan Martin and Alyson Martin of Nipomo, Calif.; son-in-law, John Laberge of Vergennes; seven great-grandchildren; sisters and brothers, Georgiana Vincent of Essex Junction, Barbara Verdi of Colchester, Kenneth Twombly and his wife, Priscilla, of Easton, Conn., Luella Barbour of Williston, Oliver Twombly of Barre; brother-in-law, John Ryan Jr. and his wife, Helen, of Enfield, Conn.; her cousin, Richard Newcity of Barton; many cousins, nieces and nephews; and her beloved Missy. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Williston on Wednesday, Jan. 25, at 11 a.m. Interment will take place this spring. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Humane Society of Chittenden County, 142 Kindness Court, South Burlington, Vt. 05403


  1. youngvt says:

    I am writing in response to Mr. Hoxworth’s article on transportation costs for the poor in Vermont. I would like to suggest further research on this topic before we simply just give another handout or tax credit. The poor, may, have a higher disproportionate burden on their transportation costs than the wealthier residents of Vermont; however, they also have a lower disproportionate burden on taxes and housing. Pick your evil.
    We can simply just give every poor Vermonter an energy efficient car, gas card, free tuition, renter’s rebate, etc.…but the only way out of poverty is through the combination of education, hard work, and discipline. Education and degrees are not handed out or purchased; a person has to EARN them. This seems to be the only way out of poverty—sorry, there are no shortcuts.
    If we continue this trend of enabling, our entire state will be a welfare state.

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