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Barbara Murray Wellington

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BENNINGTON -- Barbara Murray Wellington, the devoted wife of 67 years of the recently late Townsend King Wellington, died Jan. 6, 2005 after a long illness with Alzheimer’s Disease. At the time of her death she was a resident of the Centers For Living and Rehabilitation in Bennington. She was 88.

Born in Albany, N.Y. May 16, 1916, she was the daughter of the late Louise Patterson Murray and Guy Tabor Murray, longtime summer residents of Old Bennington.

Raised in Troy and Bronxville, N.Y. and Old Bennington in the summers, she also spent the winters in Florida. She attended many schools, including Miss Carpenter’s school here and Roger’s Hall in Lowell, Mass. An avid reader all of her life, she was basically self-taught.

In 1937, she married Mr. Wellington and became a permanent resident of Bennington, except for a hiatus from 1973 to 1991 when she and her husband lived in Tequesta, Fla.

Long active in many local charities, she was for years a Grey Lady volunteer at the hospital, a member of the Altar Guild at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church as well as coordinator of the “antiques and collectables” portion of the St. Peter’s Church fairs.

A lover of animals all her life, she was active in the local humane society and was a judge at several local dog and cat shows. She was also a member of the Bennington Garden Club and the Garden Club of America.

She is survived by her daughter, Sara Wellington Dodge of Phoenix, Ariz. and her son David S. Wellington of New York City. She also had a son, John C. Wellington, who died in 1985. Also surviving are a niece, Patty Cummings of San Antonio, Texas and a nephew, Allen Clark of Rye, N.Y., children of her late sister Betty Murray Clark; three Dodge grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

There will be no immediate funeral. A memorial service is planned for the spring. There will be no calling hours.

Contributions in Barbara Wellington’s memory may be made to the activities fund at the Centers For Living and Rehabilitation through the office of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St., Bennington, VT 05201.
Published in Bennington Banner on Jan. 10, 2005
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