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Gene B. Whitten

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Gene B. Whitten 1925 - 2009 BENNINGTON Mrs. Gene B. Whitten, 83, widow of Lawrence V. Whitten, a former long time resident of Walloomsac Road and more recently a resident of the Village at Fillmore Pond, died Wednesday, March 4, 2009, at the Albany Medical Center following a brief illness. Born in East Stroudsburg, Pa., Nov. 29, 1925, daughter of the late Richard S. Burns and Ermel Rae Prutzman Burns. Gene received her education in the Garden City, Long Island, N.Y. schools. Mr. & Mrs. Whitten were married April 14, 1948, on Long Island. Gene owned and operated Turkey Hill Antiques for many years, first on Long Island and later in both Bennington and Arlington. She was an avid antique collector and was very knowledgeable of American primitives, an area that she had studied and researched thoroughly during her adult life. During World War II Gene spent many hours volunteering with wounded soldiers at Veterans Administration hospitals on Long Island. Much of her time was spent caring for those returning soldiers who suffered from severe cases of post traumatic stress disorder. She leaves two sons, and daughters-in-law, Jay L. and Nancy B. Whitten, of Bennington and Bruce G. and Evie Whitten of Amesbury, Mass.; five grandchildren, Greta Hall of Landgrove, Heidi Moore of Sunderland, Jay Whitten II of Arlington, Va., Jill Inge of Salida, Colo., and Peter Whitten of Beverly, Mass.; three great-grandchildren, Carter and Emma Hall and Grayson Moore; a sister, Joanne Hart of Newton, Mass., and a brother, Richard S. Burns Jr. of Ashburn, Va.; a brother-in-law, Delbert Whitten of Winter Haven, Fla., and several nieces and nephews. FUNERAL NOTICE: A private service will be held at the convenience of the family. Should friends desire, contributions in Gene B. Whitten's memory may be made to the Second Chance Animal Shelter through the office of the MAHAR & SON FUNERAL HOME, 628 Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201. Guest book condolences may be made at www.maharandsonfuneralhome.net.
Published in Bennington Banner on Mar. 6, 2009
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