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Mildred S. Vallee

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BENNINGTON -- Mildred S. Vallee, 90, widow of Joseph L. Vallee and a lifelong resident of Bennington until moving to Dartmouth, Mass., in 2005, passed away peacefully on Friday, June 23, 2006, following a short illness.

She was born in Bennington Jan. 8, 1916 to P. Burton Sloat and Myrtle (Lever) Sloat.

A 1934 graduate of Bennington High School, she retired from United Counseling Service in 1980. She had been a member of the First United Methodist Church in Bennington since 1928 and for many decades was active in the church as director of the children’s and adults’ choirs, as teacher and Sunday school superintendent, as a member of women’s circles and of the board of trustees. She was also the leader of Brownie and Girl Scout troops in the 1950s to mid-1960s.

Her beloved husband died in January 2004.

Throughout her life, Mrs. Vallee loved the beauty of nature, including the animals, both wild and tame. She was beloved by the many children who were led and instructed by her and by adults who considered her to be a wonderful friend, confidante and peer.

She is survived by her loving daughter, Joanne (Vallee) Seymour, and her husband, Brian Ruh, and Mrs. Vallee’s dear friend, Robert Parece, all of South Dartmouth, Mass. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by two brothers, Merrill N. Sloat and Chester H. Sloat and his wife, Adelaide (Turner) Sloat; and by two sisters, Elsie (Sloat) Dean and her husband, Ted A. Dean, and Marion (Sloat) Watson.

A memorial service celebrating the life of Mildred S. Vallee will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Mahar & Son Funeral Home in Bennington with the Rev. Deborah Estey, pastor of the First United Methodist Church in Bennington, officiating.

A private interment service will be held during the coming week.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her memory may be made to either the Second Chance Animal Shelter, the Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center or the Vermont division of the American Heart Association through the office of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St., Bennington, VT 05201.
Published in Bennington Banner from June 26 to June 27, 2006
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