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Merta Elizabeth Wakefield

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RANDOLPH -- Merta Elizabeth Wakefield, 91, died Thursday Dec. 4, 2003 in Bennington. She was born in East Bethel, May 9, 1912, the daughter of Clayton and Lida (Buck) Wight.

She was educated in East Bethel, So. Royalton High School and Castleton Normal School. Where she received her teaching degree.

She married Arthur M. Wakefield Nov. 28, 1933 in Bethel. He died June 4, 1986.

They lived in West Brookfield from 1933 until 1946 when they moved to Randolph.

She taught grade school for 30 years in So. Randolph, So. Royalton, West Braintree, Rochester Hollow, and Randolph.

She was a member of the United Church in Randolph, Beulah Chapter No. 15 of the Order Eastern Star, The Middle Branch Grange, for 70 years, and the Daughters of the American Revolution. She was Vermont Mother of the year in 1984.

She was a member of the Ed Larkin Contra Dancers and enjoyed her family, camping, reading and traveling.

She leaves two daughters Martha E. Brown of Shaftsbury and Maydene L. Mort of Bennington; five sons, David A. Wakefield of Randolph, Richard L. Wakefield of St. Albans, William M. Wakefield of Windsor, Duane W. Wakefield of Cape Elizabeth Maine and LeRoy Wakefield of East Barre.

She leaves two sisters, Merle Morse of Barre, Mildred Ford in Florida, she was pre-deceased by a brother Howard Wight and two sisters Martha Wight, and Marian Button; 17 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and a great-great-granddaughter.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, Dec. 7, at 1 p.m. at the Day Funeral Home with the Rev. Roger Wotton of the United Church in Randolph officiating.

Calling hours will be held Saturday, Dec. 6, from 2-4 p.m. and from 7-9 p.m. An Eastern Star service will be at 8 p.m.

Burial will be at a later date in the West Brookfield Cemetery.

Donations may be made to the Order of Eastern Star in care of Doris Graves, 29 Highland Ave., Randolph, VT or The United Church Memory Fund in care of The United Church, Main Street, Randolph, VT 05060.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Day Funeral Home.
Published in Bennington Banner on Dec. 5, 2003
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