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Clara E. Cherbonneau

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BENNINGTON -- Mrs. Clara F. Cherbonneau, 96, a longtime resident of Bennington, died Sunday morning, May 11, 2003 at the Manes House on Union Street in Bennington. Mrs. Cherbonneau was born in Shaftsbury on Feb. 23, 1907. She was the daughter of Harry Parkhurst Browe and Lucy Margaret (Quinn) Browe. She grew up in Shaftsbury where she attended the old brick one-room schoolhouse in South Shaftsbury and the schoolhouse in Center Shaftsbury.

She was first married to Robert Provan, who predeceased her in 1935. In June of 1940 she was married to Chester Cherbonneau. He died Dec. 24, 1973. Prior to relocating to Bennington in the 1970s she had resided in Shaftsbury.

In earlier years she had worked at the former E.Z. Mills for 23 years. She had also worked with her sister at Peggy McClay’s Beauty Shop, in later years she had cared for the Lillie children.

She had been a longtime member of the First Baptist Church of Bennington and a lifetime member and past Matron of the Red Mountain Chapter # 41 Order of the Eastern Star.

She was an outdoors person and enjoyed antiquing, cooking and the company of her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She is survived by her sister, Peggy McClay of Bennington; a stepson Donald Cherbonneau of Bennington; a stepdaughter Dorothy Hurley of Bennington, three grandchildren, Cynthia Colvin of Bennington, Jo-Anne Holliday of Marysville, Ohio and Bruce Carroll of Saugus, Calif.; five great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to her two husbands she was predeceased by a daughter, Margaret Virginia Carroll who died April 15, 2000, a sister Myrtle Browe who died in infancy, and three brothers, Howard, Stanley and Laurence “Bubby” Browe who died this year.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday afternoon, May 17 at 4 p.m. at the Hanson Walbridge Funeral Home. The Rev. Norma Drosky, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Bennington, will officiate. Friends may call at the funeral home on Saturday from 3-4 p.m. when the family will be present.

Burial will take place in the family lot in the Shaftsbury Village Cemetery. Memorial gifts may be made to the Red Mountain Chapter OES or Bennington Area Special Olympics in care of the Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home, P.O. Box 957, Bennington, VT 05201.

All members of the Red Mountain Chapter OES are asked to meet at the funeral home to conduct services for Mrs. Cherbonneau on Saturday, May 17 at 3:30 p.m.

For information or to send e-mail condolences, consult www.nsm.org/covey .
Published in Bennington Banner from May 12 to May 14, 2003
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