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Edna C. Ennis

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ARLINGTON -- Edna Cecile Ennis, 64, known to many as “Dutch” or “Eddy,” a resident of Historic Route 7A, died suddenly Thursday evening, Oct. 7, 2004, at the Glens Falls (N.Y.) Hospital from complications of cancer.

Born in Bennington on May 21, 1940, she was the daughter of the late James and Gladys (Cheney) Ennis. Edna received her education in Sunderland and Arlington, graduating from Arlington Memorial High School, class of 1958. Known affectionately as “Mom” by her children, she loved spending time with her family and friends. She loved the outdoors, especially fishing, camping and spending time up at the Roaring Branch River with her best friend of 19 years, Joyce Trachte, who was like a sister to Mom. Mom had special memories with each and every one of her brothers and sisters; they all had their way to make her laugh and play jokes on her. She was proud to be their sister and loved them all dearly. She worried about all of them and would be there to help if needed.

Mom’s favorite pastimes were gatherings with her children and grandchildren. She was a devoted and loving mother and grandmother who always put her family first. Although Mom was very independent, she wanted to take care of everything and everyone. She was someone you could always depend on. Mom was known for having a heart of gold and tried to make everyone around her feel good. She used to love to make us all laugh, she was also quite a jokester. Mom was a rock for her children - she would tell us there wasn’t anything we could not do or handle, and with her support and confidence in us, she was always right.

A longtime resident of Arlington, Mom had many friendships that were formed through the years. She enjoyed all her visits with each one of them and loved to reminisce down memory lane and have a few laughs. She also enjoyed all her friendships with her surrounding neighbors, especially Mary DeBrun and Deanna Knight, who have become like family to her. Mom always enjoyed the little things in life. She was not someone who cared about having a lot of money or expensive things. She just wanted to have her family around her, because that was all she needed. She was very proud to be Irish; we know her Irish eyes will be smiling down upon us.

Mom you will never know how much we all love you and will miss you. While you were with us you were the heart and soul of our family, now you will be our guardian angel. You will forever be in our hearts; we love you and miss you.

She is survived by her children, Andrew McLenithan and significant other Eileen Armet of Cambridge, N.Y., Mark McLenithan and significant other Tanya Mason of Fort Miller, N.Y., Lisa Curtis and husband Robert of Glens Falls, N.Y. and Kimberly McLenithan and significant other Tony Mauri of Tampa, Fla.; six grandchildren, Derek McLenithan, Joshua McLenithan, Sarah Curtis, Christopher Curtis, Nicole McLenithan and Trevor McLenithan; her brothers and sisters, James “Cubby” Ennis of Sunderland, David Ennis of Sunderland, Peter Ennis of Deleware, Mary Adams of Springfield, Francis Secoy of Sunderland, Shirley Priest of Florida, Peggy Gulley of Bennington, Janet Humphrey of Arlington, Penny Rogalski of Bennington and Clara Harrington of Brandon; an uncle, Donald Ennis of Sunderland; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. A sister, Winifred Ennis, who died as a young child, predeceased her.

Graveside funeral services will be held on Monday, Oct. 11, at 11 a.m. at the Ennis family lot in St. Columban’s Cemetery, with the Rev. Michael A. DeMasi officiating. There are no calling hours. Following the services the family will receive friends at the Arlington American Legion Hall, where there will be a time of fellowship and refreshment.

Gifts in memory of Edna C. Ennis may be made to the Glens Falls Hospital C.R. Wood Cancer Center, in care of the Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home, P.O. Box 528, Arlington, VT 05250.

To send condolences to the Ennis family, please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com.
Published in Bennington Banner from Oct. 9 to Oct. 11, 2004
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