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Barbara Mack Spoon

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Barbara Mack Spoon

1922 - 2015 RUTLAND, VT. Barbara Mack Spoon, 92, a resident of Verona, WI, since 2010, and of Rutland, VT, for the 64 years prior to that, died peacefully on April 24, 2015, held in the love and care of her family. Born in Charlotte, VT, on September 13, 1922, Barbara was the daughter of the late George Mack and Della (Bordeau) Mack, the third child in their family of six children, with jet?black hair and sparkling blue eyes. She received her early education in Vergennes, VT, and graduated from Vergennes High School with the Class of 1940. Upon graduation, Barbara began her training as a nurse at the Rutland Hospital School of Nursing. While a student, Barbara went on a double date and met a dashing young man, Charles "Charlie" Spoon. Barbara and Charlie soon became an item, and they were engaged in August 1942. Charlie enlisted in the Marine Corps in January 1943, about the same time that Barbara's nursing rotations took her to Montreal, Canada. Barbara graduated from nursing school in June 1943, and she, like her fiance, wanted to serve her country during World War II. She was commissioned an Ensign in the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps, and was stationed at St. Albans Naval Hospital on Long Island, NY. While in the service, Barbara and Charlie stayed in touch by writing and recording letters to one another and meeting in New York City whenever they were both on leave. Their set meeting place was always under the clock in Grand Central Station, and they used this as a stepping?off point to take in Manhattan's bustling music scene. Barbara and Charlie made the most of their time in the Big Apple, enjoying such entertainers as Frank Sinatra and Tommy Dorsey, and visiting The "400" Restaurant and Billy Rosa's Diamond Horseshoe Paramount Hotel. They had a spring wedding on May 20, 1946, and moved back to Rutland, VT, where Barbara continued her nursing career, providing private duty care. She and Charlie soon had their hands full raising three children together, Sandie, Jo, and Ed. Nothing brought Barbara more joy than to be actively involved in the lives of their children and to support Charlie in his career with the Rutland Police Department. Barbara was a lady in every sense of the word, and was always quick to laugh and to make others feel welcome. She was an especially talented baker ? from pies to cookies to cakes and always made special treats to share with her family, friends, and acquaintances. One of Barbara's favorite places to spend time was Lake Champlain, and she spent many summers with her children and grandchildren at family homes just north of Basin Harbor where she enjoyed swimming and boating. When Charlie retired, they took advantage of this new?found time together, and traveled more frequently, taking trips to visit family in the South and the Mid?West, as well as vacations to such places as Maine, the Canadian Rockies, the Caribbean, and Central America. Barbara described herself as "always on the go", and never hesitated to jump in the car to visit her family and friends and to offer a helping hand. She enjoyed watching the birds that visited the feeders in her yard (her favorite bird was the cardinal), and was kind to chipmunks. She loved to tend to her flower gardens and to pick strawberries and blueberries with her daughters and daughter?in?law. Barbara was extremely close to her grandchildren, making them all quilts, mending beloved toys, and attending their concerts, recitals and graduations. She loved animals ? her own family pets and her "grandpets." When Barbara wasn't tending to her busy family, she was helping others; she was an avid volunteer with both the local Red Cross and the Vermont Achievement Center. She was a member of the Rutland County Nurses Association, American Legion Post #31, Christ the King Church, and the Sodality of the Immaculate Conception. Barbara's survivors include her loving children, Sandra Olenik, (James), of Charlotte, NC; Joanne Palmer (David), of Pownal, VT; and Edward Spoon (Paulette), of Verona, WI. She is also survived by her six adoring grandchildren; Amy, Megan, Christopher, Aaron, Emma, and Evan, and by three spunky great?grandchildren, Benjamin, Samuel, and Sophia. Barbara also leaves a sister, Phyllis Marsceill, a sister?in?law, Grace Mack, several nieces and nephews; and many friends. She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Charlie, her sisters, Katherine and Shirley, her brothers, G. Clifford and Allan, and her brother?in?law, Raymond. The family wishes to express their gratitude to the Willow Pointe and Agrace Hospice staff for their compassionate care of Barbara toward the end of her life. FUNERAL NOTICE: Gifts in Barbara's memory may be made to The Rutland County Humane Society or . Calling hours will be held on Sat., May 2, 2015, from 12 to 1 p.m., at Clifford & Sons Funeral Home, 2 Washington St., Rutland, VT. A Memorial Mass celebrating Barbara's life take place immediately after calling hours at 1:30 pm at Christ the King Church, 66 S. Main St, Rutland, VT. Irish Blessing "May the road rise to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, And the rains fall soft upon your fields. And until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of His hand."
Published in Bennington Banner on Apr. 29, 2015
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