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Frances Ellen Canfield

Aug. 9, 1922 - Aug. 30, 2013 RUTLAND Frances Canfield, daughter of Bridget Welch Corcoran and Edward Corcoran, died Friday, Aug. 30, at her home at the Gables. Frances was a pioneer resident of the Gables at East Mountain, having lived there since its opening. Frances was a Business and Office Machines teacher at Arlington High School, Pittsford High School and Otter Valley Union High School, from where she retired in June 1990. She was the year book advisor at Pittsford and Otter Valley. Prior to becoming a teacher, Frances was the waterfront director at Lake Paran, in North Bennington, where she grew up. As a young woman, she was active in sports, including basketball, softball and field hockey, which she coached while a teaching in Arlington. Frances attended UVM and graduated from Mary Washington College in 1945. She married John Shepard Canfield on Aug. 22, 1949. Early in their marriage, they lived in Proctor then moved to Rutland. Frances loved to read and did so enthusiastically in her retirement. When her eyesight began to fail, she listened to books on tape. She loved to watch basketball, men's and women's, as well as baseball. She loved March Madness and knew all the teams, players, and coaches. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma Society of Women Teachers and the Vermont Association of Retired Business Teachers. She was Vermont Business Teacher of the Year in 1990. Family and faith defined her. Frances is survived by her children, William Canfield and wife Nancy, of Rutland Town, Mary Ellen Roy, and husband, Bill, of Pepperell, Mass., Carolyn Godbout and husband, Bob, of Rutland Town, and Joan LaSante and husband, Bill, of West Rutland; her grandchildren, Ryan Canfield, Lyndsey Canfield and Josh Moore, Nadine Roy and Rick Bogdahn, Kerry Roy, Stacey and Ben Colegrove, Daniel Godbout and Rachel Driscoll, as well as Rachelle and Mark Venter, and great-grandchildren, Kaulah, Jared, Roger, Samantha, Emelia, Sorel, and Ruan. FUNERAL NOTICE: Visiting hours will be today, Monday, from 4 to 7 p.m. at CLIFFORD FUNERAL HOME in Rutland. Funeral services will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Rutland. Officiating will be the Rev. Daniel Lokanga, pastor. Burial will follow in St. John's Cemetery in Bennington. Contributions may be made to "Catherine C. Corcoran Scholarship Fund" or to "Walk to end Alzheimer's" C/O Clifford Funeral Home 2 Washington St. Rutland, VT 05701
Published in Bennington Banner on Sept. 2, 2013
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