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Charlotte Stewart Butterfield

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JACKSONVILLE -- Mrs. Charlotte Stewart Butterfield, 91, a resident of Jacksonville, died Friday, March 17, 2006 at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington following a period of declining health.

Mrs. Butterfield was born in Bennington on June 27, 1914. She was the daughter of the late John and Helen Louise (McDermott) Stewart. She received her early education in Bennington and then in Whitingham schools. She continued her education at North Adams State Teachers College, which is now Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, where she graduated with her teaching certificate.

She lived in the family home in Jacksonville with her husband, Albert A. Butterfield, who died in 1977. She taught school in Northampton, Mass., Whitingham and Halifax, retiring from Buckland-Shelburne Regional School after 30 years there. She was past president of the teachers union in Shelburne Falls.

She was a member of the Home Demonstration Group of Jacksonville, a member of the Jacksonville Community Church and the Ladies Aid Society, which raises funds to sustain the church. She was also a former member and past matron of the Order of the Eastern Star. She was an accomplished seamstress and quilter and enjoyed spending her quiet time sewing.

She leaves her two daughters, Sally Ann Pelletier of Jacksonville and Jane Leach and her husband, Frank, of Hubbard, Texas; sisters Jean Schechterle of Shelburne Falls, Mass., Helen Ireland of Marlow, N.H., and Alice McLain and her husband, Forist, of North Adams, Mass.; a sister-in-law, Ruby Stewart of Bennington; a brother-in-law, Jean Canedy of Bennington; grandchildren Mark Leach, Jessica and (Edgar Baeza), Denis A. and (Jenny) Pelletier, David M. and (Melanie) Pelletier and Karen I. Pelletier; nine great-grandchildren as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by a brother, Kenneth Stewart of Bennington; sisters Anna Mae Jones of Colrain, Mildred Snow of Dover and Mary Jane Canedy of Wilmington.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 24, at 11 a.m. at the Jacksonville Community Church with Pastor Douglas LaPlante officiating. Burial will take place at a later date in the family lot in Jacksonville Village Cemetery. Friends may call at the Covey & Allen Funeral Home, 44 East Main St., Wilmington, on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. when the family will be present.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Whitingham Ambulance Service in care of the Covey & Allen Funeral Home, P.O. Box 215, Wilmington, VT 05363.

To send condolences to the family of Charlotte S. Butterfield, visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com.
Published in Bennington Banner on Mar. 20, 2006
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