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Perley H. Carruth

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WHITINGHAM -- Perley Herbert Carruth, 94, a resident of School Street, died Monday evening, Sept. 15, 2003, at the home of his daughter, Jane Price. Mr. Carruth was born in Marlboro on March 19, 1909; he was the son of Charles and Mary (Pike) Carruth.

He married the former Leone Forrest on Feb. 16, 1936; Mrs. Carruth died June 26, 1984. Throughout his life, he had worked in many capacities, including logging, farming at area farms, as a janitor at the Whitingham School and as the town of Whitingham dump attendant.

He had also served for Whitingham’s highway department, Vermont Department of Transportation, a machine operator at Kendall Textile Mills in Grisowolville, Mass. and Allbee Mills in Whitingham.

He will be remembered for his great success for finding water with a “water witch,” for which he became a local legend. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, the company of grandchildren, whether his own or not, and telling stories to his numerous grandchildren. He also liked to spend time completing crossword puzzles and word circle puzzles and getting out to go shopping. He was an avid flower and vegetable gardener and had tended to his gardens up until last year when his declining health forced him to stop.

He was a devoted member of the Community Church of Whitingham for many years.

He is survived by his four daughters, Grace Betit of Whitingham, Florence Veber and her husband, George of Rowe, Mass., Jane Price and her friend, Gary Dix of Whitingham and Edith Cote and her husband, Francis of Franklin, N.H., as well as numerous grandchildren, great- and great-great-grandchildren and nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by a son, Henry, who died in 1959; a daughter, Mary Tower, who died in 1973; his twin brother, who died at birth; and sisters, Margueritte Dailey and Florence Ainsworth.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, Sept. 19 at the Community Church of Whitingham at 2 p.m. with the Rev. John Brigham, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow in the family lot in Sadawga Cemetery.

Friends may call at the Covey & Allen Funeral Home on Thursday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. when the family will be present.

Memorial gifts may be made to either the Community Church of Whitingham or Whitingham Historical Society in care of Covey & Allen Funeral Home, P.O. Box 215, Wilmington, VT 05363.
Published in Bennington Banner on Sept. 17, 2003
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