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Harriet "Polly" Williams

1923 - 2013 BENNINGTON Harriet "Polly" Williams, born March 22, 1923, in Bennington, passed away at Equinox Terrace in Manchester on July 4, 2013, after a courageous battle with anterior lateral sclerosis (ALS).

Daughter of Frederick and Marjorie Simmons, Polly grew up in North Bennington and attended Bennington High School. She later attended Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Va.

In 1943, she married Bill Barrows of Dorset and together they had three daughters.

In 1973, Polly married Richard (Dick) Williams of Manchester and Fairfield, Conn. In their 39 years of marriage, Polly and Dick traveled extensively, making many lifelong friends around the globe.

Polly was an avid gardener, obtaining an degree in Landscape Design from the New York Botanical Garden. Her own homes boasted beautiful gardens, and she strived to instill a love of gardening in her children, grandchildren and those around her. To that end, she worked tirelessly to help design and create the Southern Vermont Art Center's Botany Trail.

Polly was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and an avid genealogist. She spent decades researching and compiling her family history, and, in her 80s, wrote and published a book about her childhood in Vermont. "Shortberry Cake" is a charming recollection of small town life in the 1920's and 30's. Written from childhood memories and impressions, it has delighted family, friends and acquaintances and has given us a glimpse of Polly as a young girl.

A wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend to many, Polly was known for her no nonsense attitude and sense of humor. Her parties were always sprinkled with surprises... be it a bagpiper in the meadow, a "tag" sale for partygoers or a canoe trip down the Battenkill, she did her best to keep things lively.

The family is deeply grateful to the wonderful staff at Equinox Terrace for its unfailing kindness and devotion to Polly throughout her residence and particularly at the end of her life.

Polly was predeceased by her husband, Richard Williams.

She is survived by daughters, Susan, Sally and Belinda; a step-daughter, Olwen; step-son, David, 12 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and her beloved cousin, Arthur Simmons of Bennington.

FUNERAL NOTICE: A private service will be held by the family. Polly will be buried in Dellwood Cemetery, next to her husband Richard.

In lieu of flowers, people are encouraged to contribute to ALS research.

Arrangements are under the direction of the MAHAR AND SON FUNERAL HOME, 385 Bonnet St., Manchester Center.


Published in Bennington Banner on July 6, 2013
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