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Mary Frances Eaton

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BENNINGTON -- Mary Frances “Fran” Eaton, 76, a resident of South Street in Bennington, died Thursday evening, March 9, 2006, at her home surrounded by her family, following a lengthy illness.

She was born in Saluda, N.C., on Nov. 4, 1929, the daughter of Edmond and Lila Mae (Johnson) Brock. She received her education in Saluda, graduating from Saluda High School. Mary resided in Yonkers, N.Y., prior to moving to North Pownal, then moving to Bennington.

In her younger years Mary enjoyed singing and playing the piano. She especially enjoyed listening to singer Daniel O’Donnell, Freddy Fender and gospel music. Mary also enjoyed talking with all of her friends. Mary worked for Tampa Bay Downs in Florida and, upon moving to Pownal, worked for Green Mountain Race Track for many years. She was also very active in the Brookside Tennants Association while living in Bennington. Mary was a devoted mother, who cherished times spent with her family.

Mary is survived by three daughters, Sandra Manno, Deborah Poirier and Hilda Saul, all of Bennington; her brother, Franklin Brock of Virginia; 10 grandchildren; and her former husband, Howard R. Eaton. She was predeceased by two daughters, Frances Elaine, who died in infancy, and Mary Ellen, who died in 1978; her sister, Peggy Linihan, who died April 23, 2005; and her grandson Clint Buck, who died Nov. 13, 2005.

Graveside funeral services for Mary will be held Tuesday, March 14, 2006, at 1 p.m. in the family lot in Park Lawn Cemetery. There are no visiting hours.

Memorial gifts in Mary’s memory may be made to the Vermont Lung Association, c/o Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home, P.O. Box 957, Bennington, VT 05201. To send e-mail condolences, visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements are under the care of Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home, 213 West Main St.
Published in Bennington Banner from Mar. 11 to Mar. 13, 2006
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