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Dorothy S. Granger

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BENNINGTON -- Mrs. Dorothy Sweet Granger, 101, died peacefully on Friday morning, April 21, 2006, at Twin Maples Community Care Home on Gage Street, where she had made her home the past several years. Mrs. Granger was born in Bennington on June 27, 1904, and she was the daughter of the late William and Rena (Jones) Sweet.

Mrs. Granger grew up in Woodford, where she attended the old one-room schoolhouse. When her family moved to Bennington, she received her education in the Bennington Graded School on School Street. Upon moving to North Bennington, she worked at the former White Company, where she met and eventually married Raymond E. Granger on Oct. 22, 1922, at the North Bennington Baptist Church. Mr. Granger predeceased her on Nov. 23, 1979. Since 1944, Mr. and Mrs. Granger had been residents of Woodford, where they established Molly Stark Antiques on Route 9. After more than 50 years, the business continues under the ownership of their son Ray.

Mrs. Granger was a longtime member and supporter of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church.

In earlier years, she enjoyed playing the piano and traveling. She loved to cook, especially for her family. She thoroughly enjoyed the time she was able to spend caring for her only grandchild, Reggie, as he was growing up.

She is survived by her son, Raymond E. Granger Jr., and his wife, Pauline, of Shaftsbury; a grandson, Raymond E. Granger III and his wife, Sylvia, of Scottsdale, Ariz.; two grandchildren, Travis Granger and his wife, Holly, of Chandler, Ariz., and Karen Granger of Worcester, Mass.; a stepgrandson, Bruce Knapp and his wife, Gail, of Shaftsbury, and two stepgranddaughters, Dawn and her husband Ray Evans of Richmond, Va., and Marlene Camp of Elora, Tenn.; seven stepgreat-grandchildren and one stepgreat-great-granddaughter, Amara, whom she loved dearly; a niece, Linda Garston; four nephews, John, Jerry, Ron and Joey Brillon; and many special friends, including Sarah Davenport and other friends at Twin Maples.

The burial office with committal will be celebrated on Monday, April 24, at 1 p.m. at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church with the Rev. Anita Schell-Lambert officiating. Burial will follow in the Granger family lot in the Woodford Cemetery. Friends may call at the Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home on Sunday afternoon from 2 to 4, when the family will be present.

Should friends desire, memorial gifts in memory of Mrs. Granger may be made to either the Bennington Rescue Squad or the Visiting Nurses Association in care of the Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home, 213 West Main St., Bennington, VT 05201.

To send condolences to the family, visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com.
Published in Bennington Banner on Apr. 22, 2006
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