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Elsie P. Corse

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Elsie P. Corse 1934 - 2008 WHITINGTHAM Elsie Purington Corse died Tuesday morning, July 29, 2008, at her home on Corse Road, following a long courageous battle with cancer. Born in Greenfield, Mass., on July 14, 1934, daughter of Arthur and Geneva "Susie" Call Purington of Colrain, Mass., she grew up in Colrain and was educated in Colrain Schools and at Arms Academy in Shelburne Falls. After her family moved to Halifax, Vt., in 1951, she met Lewis M. Corse at a square dance. They were married on Aug. 16, 1952, in Whitingham in front of the fireplace at the red house just down the road from the Corse Farm. She lived on the Corse Farm all her married life and was very active in the daily operation of the farm. In her earlier years, she worked in the hayfields and sugarlot alongside Lewis and her sons. She was also the farm groundskeeper and, with the help of her sickle and brush cutters, kept the farm looking neat. In her later years, she was the one responsible for delivery of Corse Farm maple syrup. In addition to her life on the farm, she was a longtime blood donor until cancer made her ineligible. She had donated more than 15 gallons of blood. In her later years she also was a regular volunteer at Red Cross blood drives in Brattleboro. For several years Elsie enjoyed playing her dulcimer for the residents of area retirement homes. She bowled in the Thursday night league at Northstar Bowl in Wilmington for more than 35 years and served as a Whitingham Ballot clerk for many years. She and Lewis were avid square dancers at local square dances and also enjoyed attending the Hunter Mountain music festival for many years. She enjoyed horseback riding, reading and time spent with her family, especially her grandchildren. Mr. Corse died Jan. 28, 2006. Elsie leaves three sons, Leon and his wife, Linda; Roy and his wife, Vanessa, and Wayne and his friend, Jennifer Herrick, all of Whitingham; her grandchildren, Abbie, Caleb, Henry and Molly Corse and Ben and Natalie Herrick; eight siblings, Marion Burnap of Mesa, Ariz., Edward (Bud) Purington and Ellen Miller of Colrain, Virginia Fellows of Warwick, Mass., Doris Johnson and Sam Purington of Buckland Mass., Agnes Steele of Southboro, Mass., and Roger Purington of Heath, Mass., and dozens of nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her brother, Nelson in 1952, and his infant twin brother in 1931. FUNERAL NOTICE: Services will be Saturday, Aug. 2, at 11 a.m. at the COVEY & ALLEN FUNERAL HOME in Wilmington. Fellowship and refreshment will follow at the Whitingham Municipal Center. Friends may call at the funeral home Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. when the family will be in attendance. Memorial contributions may be made to the Whitingham Ladies Benevolent Society or the Southwestern VT Regional Cancer Center, c/o Covey & Allen Funeral Home, P.O. Box 215, Wilmington VT 05363. To send personal e-mail condolences to the family of Elsie P. Corse please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com.
Published in Bennington Banner on July 30, 2008
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