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Morton H. Howe

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NORTH BENNINGTON -- Morton Henry Howe, 81, a resident of Harrington Road died unexpectedly Sunday morning, Dec. 7 at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center after being stricken at home.

Mr. Howe was born on the family farm in Wilmington on Aug. 22, 1922, he was one of nine children born to Ernest and Rosa (Scranton) Howe. He grew up in Wilmington where he attended local schools and worked on the farm with his family. He continued farming at his brother Jasper’s farm and also at the Adams Farm which was owned by his brother-in-law and sister Louis and Doris Adams.

A World War II Army veteran he was assigned to the occupation of Japan. He was married in August of 1953 in Whitingham to Marie Farrington, they subsequently relocated to Harrington Road in North Bennington where they raised their family. Mr. Howe had worked at Fairdale Farms Dairy (now Garelick Farms) and at the former Green Mountain Furniture Manufacturing Co., in later years he worked part time at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center from which he retired.

Being a farmer at heart he enjoyed working around his property, especially in his gardens, in addition he enjoyed spending time, getting together and visiting with his large family. He was a member of the North Bennington Baptist Church for many years.

Mr. Howe is survived by his wife Marie Howe of North Bennington; two sons, Bernie Howe of Greensboro, N.C. and Scott Howe of Lancaster, N.H.; two daughters, Brenda Howe of Kansas City, Kan. and Holly Mitchell of Belle Chase, La.; four sisters, Zella Morgan and Doris Adams both of Brattleboro, Vivian Glover of Keene, N.H. and Lillian Clauson of Millers Falls, Mass; five grandchildren, Brett Happel of Atlanta, Ga., Matthew Happel of Orlando, Fla., Leona, Lance and Chad Mitchell all of Belle Chase, La. He was pre-deceased by a sister, Agnes Atherton, and brothers, Harold, Jasper and Francis Howe.

A memorial service will be held at a later date and will be announced at that time by the Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home.

Memorial gifts may be made to either the Bennington Rescue Squad or the Shaftsbury Fire Department in care of the Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home, P. O. Box 957, Bennington, VT 05201.
Published in Bennington Banner on Dec. 9, 2003
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