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BENNINGTON -- Josephine “Joan” Clifford, 76, a resident of Woodland Drive, died on Wednesday morning, Oct. 5, 2005 at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington following a brief illness.

She was born in County Roscommon in Ireland on Jan. 9, 1929, and was the daughter of the late Patrick and Margaret (Mallooly) Saul. She received her education in Ireland. She had worked as a beautician in Ireland for several years. Mrs. Clifford moved to the United States in 1950. After arriving in the area she worked as a floor supervisor for the former F.W. Woolworth Store in Bennington. On May 28, 1960, she married Valmore Clifford at St. Francis de Sales Church in Bennington. Due to Mr. Clifford’s employment with Everready Battery Company, they have held residence in both Iowa and Ohio, and then returned to Bennington in 1971.

She was a communicant of Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Church in Bennington. Mrs. Clifford was an avid bridge player.

Besides her husband, she is survived by her three children, Maura, Patrick and Eileen and their families; and two sisters, Anna May Connelly and Pauline Gibbons, both of Ireland. She was predeceased by one brother, John Joseph Saul. A Mass of Christian death and burial will be held Monday, Oct. 10, at Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Church at 10 a.m. with the Rev. James Preskenis, c.s.c., pastor, officiating.

A time of fellowship will follow at the Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales parish hall. Interment will take place at the convenience of the family in Park Lawn Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Sunday evening from 6 to 8. The vigil service will be offered during the calling hours.

Memorials in her honor may be made to the Vermont chapter of the American Heart Association through the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St., Bennington, VT 05201.
Published in Bennington Banner on Oct. 7, 2005
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