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Martha Jane Williamson

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SHAFTSBURY -- A memorial service for Martha Jane Williamson, wife of James Williamson of State Line Hill Farm, North Bennington, was held on May 11, 2004 at Bartlett Hall at Camp Ondawa in Sunderland. The service and potluck dinner was attended by family and friends from Florida, Washington, Alaska, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Vermont. Bartlett Hall was decorated with Martha’s favorite flowers of apple blossoms, lilacs, petunias, pussy willows and ferns. Pictures of Martha’s life with her many friends and family were arranged along with the many “Best of Show” awards and cakes she has made through generations. A crackling fire burned in the stone fireplace throughout the ceremony along with bees wax candles on the mantel made by her son John.

A candlelit service at 5 p.m. was officiated by Pastor Norma Drosky. Martha’s granddaughters Kay Lyn Williamson played “Amazing Grace” on the bagpipe and Wren Williamson played the “Star Spangled Banner” on the flute along with favorite songs led by Mert Snow playing guitar and singing. Friends and family shared their favorite memories of Martha. Following the service was a spectacular potluck dinner shared by all.

A traditional campfire was lit in celebration of Martha’s life that was enjoyed by kids and those young at heart until the late hours of the evening.

A grave side service was held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 12, 2005 at the Center Cemetery in Shaftsbury.

Words cannot express how much it has meant to our family to see the many lives our wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, friend has touched over the years. The outpouring of compassion and caring brought forth during this time of sadness and great loss has helped comfort our family through this time of need.

A huge thank you to all who helped us at our work party at Camp Ondawa and those who brought food, cards, hugs, donations, words of comfort and those that were there by our side.

Again thank you so much. You will always be in our thoughts and prayers.

From James Williamson and family.
Published in Bennington Banner on May 17, 2004
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