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Evelyn R. Niles

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Evelyn R. Niles

NORTH BENNINGTON -- Mrs. Evelyn R. Niles, 88, a resident of Homestead Mews, died peacefully on Tuesday morning, Nov. 2, 2004, at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington.

Mrs. Niles was born on Sept. 23, 1916 in Pennybridge, N.Y., the daughter of Frank August and Anna (Kraft) Thalacker. Evelyn was raised in Tarrytown, N.Y. and, in her early years, worked at Grumman Manufacturing as a secretary.

In 1945, Evelyn met and married David G. Niles, and had lived in Vermont since her marriage. Mr. Niles died in 1983.

Evelyn worked at various jobs throughout her life, although her main interest always remained her family, especially her grandchildren. She also enjoyed gardening, bird watching, reading, watching ice skating and knitting for BROC. Evelyn was one of the first members of the Senior Companion Program and was recently made a lifetime honorary member there, as well as being a member of the Blind and Visually Impaired.

Survivors include a daughter, Margaret Walk of Bennington; a daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Elias Pappas of North Bennington; a daughter and son-in-law, Paula and Thomas Davis of Lansing, Ill.; seven grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Niles was predeceased by a sister, Erma Thalacker, and her brothers Arthur Thalacker and Lawrence Thalacker.

A service of remembrance of the life of Mrs. Niles will be held at a later date at the Pownal Center Community Church. Interment will follow in the family lot at Oak Hill Cemetery in Pownal. There are no calling hours planned.

Gifts in Mrs. Niles’ memory may be made to the Bennington Rescue Squad or the Senior Companion Program in care of the Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home, P.O. Box 957, Bennington, VT 05201.

To send e-mail condolences to Mrs. Niles’ family, please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com.
Published in Bennington Banner from Nov. 3 to Nov. 4, 2004
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