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Florence M. Capen

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MANCHESTER -- Florence M. Capen, 92, a lifelong resident of the Northshire area, died peacefully on Saturday, March 27, 2004 in her Shaftsbury Hollow residence with family at her bedside. She was born in Winhall Oct. 3, 1911, the daughter of Arthur and Luella Crandall. She attended school in Peru and Landsgrove.

She married Adelburt A. Capen July 3, 1937 and together raised a loving family. Mr. Capen died in 1992. Florence was always very busy and a hard worker. She did many different jobs for many people. For years she cut hair for everyone she knew. She was a member of the Mary Martha Fellowship, the Rebecca’s, the Winhall Grange and the First Baptist Church. During W.W. II she volunteered for the Red Cross. She was a devoted Christian and patriot. Florence loved nature. She was a gatherer and loved to fish. She took pride in her flower and vegetable gardens and would can a bounty of food for the winter. When she could find quiet time she enjoyed reading and would also write poetry. Other hobbies included music, dancing, birds and crochet. With all she did she always kept her family at the center of her life. She will live on in their hearts and will be missed by all that knew her.

She is survived by her children, Donald Capen of Chester, Adelbert “Joe” Capen of Sunderland, David Capen of Shaftsbury Hollow, Catherine Capen-Odgen of Hudson, N.Y., Linda Capen of Bennington, and Nancy Bill of Biggs, Calif.; her sisters, Katie Keyes of Manchester, Sara Toweslee of East Dorset and Christine Bushman of San Antonio, Texas; also numerous grandchildren, great- and great-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her brothers, Horace, Alvin, Henry, Wilber, William and Clarence Crandall; and her sisters, Pearl Welch and Lillian Ploof.

The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, March 31, 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Manchester. A graveside service of committal will follow in the Factory Point Cemetery. Friends may call Tuesday 5-7 p.m. at Brewster Funeral Home in Manchester. Memorial gifts may be made to the Bennington County Hospice, C/O Brewster Funeral Service, PO Box 885, Manchester, VT 05255.
Published in Bennington Banner on Mar. 29, 2004
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