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JOHNSON -- Gwendolyn (Mudgett) Scribner, 98, passed on to the next life on the first day of spring, March 21, 2007.

Born in Johnson on May 28, 1908, Gwen was the daughter of Forrest and Eunice (Manchester) Mudgett. She attended a one-room schoolhouse in Johnson and graduated from Johnson State College in 1926. She taught in a one-room schoolhouse in East Johnson. In 1927, she married Rupert Scribner of Johnson and had two daughters, Eleanor and Gloria, who were the light of her life. A single mom, Gwen raised her daughters in her parent’s home on Stearns Street. She cared for her elderly parents and sick boarders for years while simultaneously working at the Johnson Woolen Mill doing piecework for 13 years. She also put her daughters through the University of Vermont while maintaining the boarding home with ailing parents and a full-time job. The remainder of her 50-year working career was spent at the corner grocery store in Johnson, also known as Brosseau’s IGA Market. In her retirement years, she was a familiar daily sight darting across Main Street in Johnson with her signature gray pullover hat or working at the United Church’s rummage sale.

Gwen was a very independent, hardworking, feisty woman who was proud of her longevity. She enjoyed playing cards with Jenny Reed, Gladys Griswold and Dolly Peters at the “Johnson Casino.” She made afghans for every member of her family and was proud of her work for the National Republican Party. She was a long-time active member of the Grange and the United Church of Johnson. She loved visiting her family in Vermont and Pennsylvania and lived for the last two years with her granddaughter, Wanda Bezio and family in South Burlington. Independent “Gram” always insisted on pulling her weight during those visits.

Gwen is survived by a brother, Malcolm Mudgett of Johnson, a daughter, Eleanor Lawrence of Shaftsbury, nine grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her daughter, Gloria Reilly Bahrenburg of Newtown, Pa.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 31, 2007, at 1 p.m. at the United Church of Johnson with visiting time following the service. Another memorial service will be held on Monday, April 2, 2007, at 2 p.m. at the Shaftsbury United Methodist Church with visiting time following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the United Church of Johnson, Main St., Johnson, VT. 05656. Arrangements will be entrusted to Holcomb-des Groseilliers Funeral Home of Johnson.

Information provided by the funeral home.
Published in Bennington Banner on Mar. 27, 2007
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