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Adelaide Turner Sloat

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AUSTIN, Texas -- Adelaide Turner Sloat was born in Duxbury, Vt. in 1910 and passed away on Nov. 26, 2003. She graduated from Montpelier Seminary, Montpelier, Vt. in 1929 and worked in Bennington, Vt. until 1935 when she married Chester H. Sloat (an English professor).

Over the next 31 years she supported her husband and raised two daughters, living on college campuses in Maine, New York and Pennsylvania. Her husband was associate dean of Widener University in Chester, Pa. when he died in 1966. He was at Pennsylvania Military College/Widener University from 1945 to 1966. Adelaide remained at Widener until 1978 when she retired and moved to Vermont to be near her sister.

After returning to Vermont, Adelaide volunteered at the regional library in Berlin and at the Vermont College Archives Room several hours each week until November 2000 when she stopped driving. Shortly thereafter, Vermont College was acquired by Union Institute and University.

In December 2001 she moved to Austin to be near her daughter, Penny, and her family. One of her greatest surprises was when Union Institute contacted her to be the first recipient of the perpetual “Adelaide Turner Sloat Award for Distinguished Service to Alumni” in September. She maintained her own apartment until June 2003 when she fell and broke her hip. Since that time she has been in rehab and most recently in the Park Bend Health Center.

She leaves behind her daughters, Audrey Bacon-Magner in Elkton, Md. and Penny Nicoll-Jones in Austin, and their husbands Rob Magner and Don Jones; eight grandchildren: David and Larry Jaquette and Cyndi Boulden of Newark, Del., Chris Jaquette of Ashville, N.C.; Jeff Nicoll of Saraland, Ala. and Keith, Brad and Steven Nicoll of Austin. She also leaves behind four great-grandchildren: David and Larry Boulden of Newark, Del. and Kaylee and Avery Nicoll of Saraland, Ala.
Published in Bennington Banner on Dec. 17, 2003
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