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BENNINGTON -- Irma James, 90, formerly of Barber Pond Road in Pownal, died Saturday, Aug. 11, 2007, at the Centers For Living and Rehabilitation in Bennington.

Irma was born at home in North Strattford, N.H., on Nov. 6, 1916, the daughter of Fred and Frances (Curtis) Willard. She received her education in Strattford, N.H. and then received her bachelor’s degree with honors from Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., in 1973.

In her earlier years she worked for the war effort during World War II in the aircraft plant in Detroit. Upon graduating from Williams College, she taught third grade in Shaftsbury, Pownal and then retired from North Pownal School.

She enjoyed sewing, baking, crafts and traveling and with her husband, owned teams of horses and often enjoyed going for wagon rides. Irma was an original member of American Legion Post 69, Arlington Ladies Auxiliary.

She is survived by her husband, Arthur James, of Bennington; three sons: Samuel G. Shoff of Port Douglas, N.Y., Frederick and Martha Shoff of North Hoosick, N.Y., and Larry Shoff of Fort Worth, Texas; a daughter Maryann Villarini of Hoosick Falls, N.Y.; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

A celebration of the life of Irma James will be held Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 14, 2007, at 2 p.m. at Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home, 213 West Main St., Bennington. Hospice Chaplain Michael Morneault will conduct the service. There are no visiting hours.

Should friends desire, memorial gifts in Irma’s memory may be made to the Second Chance Animal Shelter, c/o Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home, P.O. Box 957, Bennington, VT 05201. For directions or to send the family of Irma James personal e-mail condolences, please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home, 213 West Main St., Bennington.
Published in Bennington Banner on Aug. 14, 2007
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