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Vivian C. Blodgett

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LUDLOW - Vivian C. Blodgett, 93, died June 9, 2013, at the White River Junction VA Medical Center.

She was born February 19, 1920, in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, the daughter of Oda Darvin Cravens (Osborne Daugherty) and Lula Josie (Givens) Cravens.

She was a 1938 graduate of Thayer High School in Missouri, and completed her Nursing training at DePaul Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1941.

Mrs. Blodgett served as a Naval Officer and nurse during World War II.

She married R. Alden Blodgett in 1943, and was married to him for 64 years until his death in 2008. They raised their family in Springfield, MA, then moved to Ludlow, VT, in retirement in 1977. After wintering in Florida for some years, they made their primary residence at Bay Pines Condominiums in St. Petersburg, FL, in 2007.

She retired in 1976 from the Municipal Hospital in Springfield, MA, where she served as a RN and a shift supervisor. She and her husband were co-owners, with Mark and Carolyn Gauthier, of the Inn Town Motel in Ludlow, VT, for five years beginning in 1984. Mrs. Blodgett also served as an interim school nurse for the Ludlow Elementary School and volunteered with Hospice and Meals on Wheels in Ludlow, VT.

She was an active member of the Hope Congregational Church and later the Faith United Church in Springfield, MA, the United Church in Ludlow, VT, and the Palm Lake Church in St. Petersburg, FL.

She enjoyed camping, gardening, antiquing, traveling, helping others, and being with her family.

Survivors include: her three sons, Alden J. Blodgett and his wife Chris of Chester, VT, Ronald D. Blodgett and his wife Ana Selma Berrios of Sanford, North Carolina, and Gary R. Blodgett and his wife Marilee of Ludlow, VT; a daughter Carolyn S. Gauthier and her husband Mark of Ludlow; nine loving grandchildren; one great-grandchild and one coming soon; many nieces and nephews; one sister, Zenetia Boke, and two sisters-in-law, Margaret Cravens and Willabel Blodgett.

Mrs. Blodgett was predeceased by her loving husband, R. Alden Blodgett, and her four brothers, Forrester, Darvin, Eugene, and Stewart. She and her four brothers all served in the Navy.

A memorial service will be July 6, 2013, at 10 a.m. at the United Church on 48 Pleasant St. in Ludlow, VT. A coffee hour will precede the service at 9 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the United Church of Ludlow or to a charity of your choosing.
Published in Rutland Herald on June 14, 2013
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