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SHAFTSBURY -- Mrs. Martha Williamson, 73, wife of James E. Williamson, a resident of State Line Hill Road, died Friday, May 7, 2004 at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center surrounded by her family following a brief battle with cancer.

Born in Bennington June 8, 1930, she was the daughter of the late Henry and Francena (Scrivens) Amadon. She received her early education in the Pownal schools and was a 1948 graduate of the former Bennington High School.

Jim and Martha Williamson were married Aug. 27, 1950 in Bennington. In earlier years Martha was employed at the former Lampman automobile dealership in Pownal and in the office at the Polygraphic Company in North Bennington. For many years she was active with her cake-decorating business and worked side by side with her husband in the operation of the family dairy farm, State Line Hill Farm in Shaftsbury.

A very active member of the community for many years, Martha was a long time 4-H Club leader and had been very involved in 4-H Camp Ondawa in Sunderland. She was a member of the Bennington County Farm Bureau where she had served as secretary for many years, the Home Demonstration Group, the Vermont Maple Sugar Makers Association, the Green Mountain Farmers Action Group and the granges in Pownal, Shaftsbury and White Creek, N.Y. She was a member and past matron of the Order of the Eastern Star.

She will be remembered by her many friends and family members as a person who was devoted to her family, loved cooking, gardening, arts and crafts and especially enjoyed the time she spent with her grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband, James E. Williamson of Shaftsbury; her children and their families, John and Betsey Williamson of Shaftsbury, Linda and Mark Barden of Millville, N.J., Susan Williamson and Thomas Fenton of Birch Bay, Wash. and Carol Gamez of Juneau, Alaska; her grandchildren, Cassie and James Gamez, Stephanie Parfomchuk, Kay Lyn, Tanner and Wren Williamson; a sister and brother, Lois Babcock and Gerald Amadon, both of Bennington; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Martha was predeceased by two sisters, Rachel McCoy and Harriet McLenithan.

A memorial service celebrating the life of Martha Williamson will be held at 4-H Camp Ondawa in Sunderland on Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 5 p.m. with the Rev. Norma Drosky, pastor of the First Baptist Church in Bennington, officiating.

Friends are invited to pay their respects to the family at Camp Ondawa on Tuesday from 2 p.m. until the time of the service. Following the service, friends and relatives are invited to attend a favorite dish potluck supper at Camp Ondawa.

Private committal services will be held at the family lot in Center Shaftsbury Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

Should friends desire, contributions in Mrs. Martha Williamson’s memory may be made to 4-H Camp Ondawa through the office of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St., Bennington, VT 05201.
Published in Bennington Banner from May 8 to May 10, 2004
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