Mary Babbitt Tuthill

Mary Babbitt Tuthill of Shelburne, formerly of Williston, died on June 19, 2018.

Mary was born on July 28, 1929 in Detroit, Michigan, the oldest child of Kathryn and Donald Babbitt.

She spent her childhood in Michigan, then enrolled at the University of Vermont where she met her future husband, Professor Arthur F. Tuthill, a widower with two young children. Mary and Art were married in Burlington on June 6, 1950. Two years later they purchased a farmhouse in Williston which dated to the 1700’s and was built by a son of Thomas Chittenden, the first governor of Vermont.

With their typical enthusiasm, Mary and Art threw themselves into restoration and renovation of the property, which became the center of activities for five children, eight grandchildren, and often friends, extended family, and community organizations for 58 years. Mary and Art were never happier than when they had a house full of people. Mary’s love of people, gardening, flower arranging, cooking, entertaining, raising various farm animals, singing, cross country skiing, and her community were well known.

Mary received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Trinity College in 1977 and worked as a tutor at Pine Ridge School in Williston from 1970 until her retirement in 1994. She served on the boards of Converse Home, Whitney Hill, Bishop Booth Conference Center at Rock Point, and was a member of the Williston Historical Society. As an active parishioner at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Burlington, she served as lay lector and for many years as a member of the Flower Guild.

Mary was predeceased by her husband of 60 years, Professor Arthur F. Tuthill. She is survived by her brother Donald (Berit) Babbitt, her sister Kathy (David) MacFarlane, her children: Libby (Steve) Roberts of Essex Junction, Preston (Lisa) Tuthill of New Hampshire, Andrew (Debra) Tuthill of Maryland, and her step-children: Richard (Dorothy) Tuthill of Connecticut and George (Jennifer) of New Hampshire.

Surviving also are Arthur and Mary’s grandchildren: Cyrus and Wesley Roberts, Mandla, Charles (Iara Mantenuto), Nicholas, Kaitlyn, Jacqueline, and Andrea Tuthill, and three great-grandchildren: Macie, Leigha, and Hendrix Tuthill.

The family would like to express their appreciation for the compassionate care Mary received from the fourth floor staff at the Residence at Shelburne Bay, especially in the week prior to her death.

A memorial service will be held at the Old Brick Church in Williston on Saturday, July 14 at 2 p.m.

Please consider a charitable donation in Mary’s name to an organization of your choice.