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BENNINGTON -- Millicent Vaughn Cross, 80, died Saturday, Oct. 13, in Bennington, surrounded by her family.

She was born in Bennington on Oct. 1, 1927, and grew up on Battenkill Farm in West Arlington, to Curnel and Prudence Vaughn.

Millicent spent part of her high school summers and four years of her college summers working for Dorothy Canfield Fisher and her husband John. They were very instrumental in her life.

Millicent graduated from Arlington Memorial High School as valedictorian of her class. She then attended the University of Vermont, graduating with a B.S. in home economics education. She also received the E.L. Ingalls award.

She started her career by teaching two years in Woodstock. She then came to North Bennington where she taught until it became part of Mount Anthony. Millicent then moved to the junior and senior high school teaching home economics and was the coordinator of her department for several years. This career ended in 1980.

Following her teaching career she became secretary to the Arlington select board for 18 years until her health made retirement necessary. She thoroughly enjoyed working with people from her hometown.

Millicent Vaughn became Mrs. John M. (Jack) Cross on Dec. 30, 1950. They spent most of their married life on Maple Hill at the Bingham Estate. It was here that they brought up four daughters. It was a wonderful place to bring up children.

One of the most interesting events that took place while they lived on Maple Hill was for Millicent, her four girls and a friend to go traveling. They left Shaftsbury in June and for seven weeks tent-trailered across the country, to the Grand Canyon, the Pacific, Yellowstone Park and many other spots along the way. It was a great learning experience for all. After this, the entire family spent many happy days camping throughout the state and in Maine.

Millicent had a great and happy life and has said goodbye to her family and friends and have passed to the other side.

Mrs. Cross leaves her husband of nearly 57 years, Jack Cross. Also, four daughters, Gail Bouton of Sharon, Mass., Susan Bishop of Collegeville, Pa., and Faye Lillie and Linda Andrew, both of Bennington; two sons-in-law Paul Bouton and Scott Bishop; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Millicent also leaves two sisters, Charlotte Collamer of Hoosick Falls, N.Y., and Shirley Boyce of Florida. She was predeceased by her twin brother, Millard Vaughn, and her sister Janice Coley.

There will be no calling hours. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2007, at Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home in Bennington. Memorial gifts made in her memory may be made to The Chapel on the Green in West Arlington in care of of Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home P.O. Box 957 Bennington, Vermont 05201.

To send the family personal e-mail condolences please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com.

The family has entrusted arrangements to the care of Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home 213 West Main Street, Bennington.
Published in Bennington Banner on Oct. 15, 2007
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