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Edith Carrier Foulds

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Edith Carrier Foulds SOUTH BURLINGTON Edith C. Foulds, a lifelong Vermonter and tireless champion of the state's maple industry, died of colon cancer on Tuesday, Sept. 2, at her home in the Pillsbury Manor Gazebo Apartments. She was 91. Edie was born in Bennington, the youngest of Blanche French and Leslie Aaron Carrier, a builder. She worked as a teller at the bank where Robert Frost was a regular customer. After graduation from Bennington High School, she enrolled at Keene State Teacher's College, graduating in 1939. For two years she taught multiple grades simultaneously at the one-room schoolhouse in Westminster West. Until the end of her life, her flawless penmanship was a marvel to everyone who saw it. She left in 1941 to marry Raymond T. Foulds, Jr., who was drafted into World War II just two weeks after their wedding. Edith returned to Bennington with the first of their three children, Carolyn. Ray returned in 1946 and they moved to Montpelier, where he worked as a forester for the state. In 1948 they settled in Burlington. Edie accompanied Ray on countless visits to sugar makers, tree farmers, and 4-H groups, and became a familiar face at sugar-on-snow parties and the Maplerama. Edie cherished her ancestry, which dated seven generations back to Bridget Harwood, Bennington's founding settler. She was the only one of her siblings to remain in her home state. She leaves her two daughters, Carolyn Forbes of Scarborough, Ontario, and Diane Foulds of Burlington; a granddaughter, Diane Freeman of Dacula, Ga. MEMORIAL NOTICE: A service in Edie's memory will be held Friday, Sept. 11, 2009, at 2 p.m. at Burlington's College Street Congregational Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Red Cross in thanks to blood donors.
Published in Bennington Banner on Sept. 9, 2009
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