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Marjorie O. Humphrey

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BENNINGTON -- A service to remember the life of Marjorie O. Humphrey was celebrated on Wednesday morning, Aug. 6, 2003 at the Missionary Alliance Church with the Rev. Edwin Blue pastor officiating.

The eulogy was given by the Rev. Cass Gilbert, former pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Bennington and a dear personal friend of the family. During a time of rememberance many shared personal memories and tributes of Mrs. Humphrey including her daughter and son in law Nancy and Larry Callander, Ray Bolton, Mark Shepard, Winnie Lidstone and Irene Nelson.

Music for the service was under the direction of pianist Marion Carlson who offered the prelude accompanied by flutist Becca Shepard. The service opened with the duet of flutists Becca Callander, a granddaughter and Beccca Shepard playing “Amazing Grace.” Other musical selections included the congregation singing “When the Role is Called Up Yonder,” “It Is Well Within My Soul” and “Because He Lives.” Soloist Winnie Lidstone sang “Softly and Tenderly.” A story titled “Keep Your Fork” was read by Aline LaFlamme. The service concluded with the postlude song “When the Saints Go Marching In” and a medly of Hawaiian hymns of which Mrs. Humphrey was very fond.

A memorial reception was held in the church hall with refreshments providedby the members of the church. The committal service preceded the memorial service at the Old Bennington Centre Cemetery with the Rev. George Eberly pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Bennington officiating, the urn bearer was a grandson, Joe Callander.

Mrs. Humphrey, 82, a resident of Fillmore Pond died Thursday, July 31 at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center following a brief illness.

Arrangements were under the care of the Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home.
Published in Bennington Banner on Aug. 7, 2003
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