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BENNINGTON -- Mrs. Ethel Vallencourt Waite Churchill, 87, a resident of Gage Street, died Tuesday evening, Jan. 11, 2005, in Bennington following a brief illness.

Mrs. Churchill was born in Bennington on Sept. 1, 1917; she was the daughter of the late Edward and Daisy (Albee) Vallencourt. She grew up in Bennington where she attended local schools, including Bennington High School, the Putnam Hospital School of Nursing, St. Joseph’s Business School and Claire Williams Business School. She had worked as a licensed practical nurse at the former Putnam Memorial Hospital and the Vermont Veterans Home, retiring in 1979.

Mrs. Churchill was a member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, a former member of the Mt. Anthony Country Club, past board member of the Bennington Club, past member of the State Board of Nursing, a gray lady at Putnam Memorial Hospital, a member of the Green Mountain Homemakers Club and the AARP. She was also past matron of the Mt. Anthony Chapter Order of the Eastern Star.

She was predeceased by her husbands, Burt L. Waite, who died May 30, 1940, Alexander H. Breese who died Nov. 23, 1974 and Franklin H. Churchill.

She leaves nieces, nephews, cousins and brothers and sisters-in-law.

A service to remember the life of Ethel Churchill will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2005, at 10 a.m. at the Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home with her nephew, the Rev. Richard Gratz, officiating. Following anatomical studies at the University of Vermont, her cremated remains will be buried next to her husband Burt Waite in the Park Lawn Cemetery.

Memorial gifts may be made in memory of Mrs. Churchill to either the Vermont Chapter of the American Cancer Society or the Vermont Affiliate of the American Heart Association in care of the Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home, 213 West Main St., Bennington, VT 05201.

To send condolences, please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com.
Published in Bennington Banner on Jan. 13, 2005
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