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BAKERSFIELD -- Renee R. Huether went to be with her son, Lee, on Nov. 9, 2007, due to a reoccurrence of cervical cancer.

Renee was born in Burlington on Jan. 7, 1966, to Charlotte M. (Bluto) Gratton and Joseph W. Gratton. She graduated from Milton High School in 1983 and married David Walker in the same year. Renee and David moved to the state of Georgia where her first two children were born. After David left the service, Renee and her family moved back to Vermont. Shortly thereafter their third child was born, and the family built their own home on a beautiful piece of land in Bakersfield.

Renee was completely dedicated to her children. She home-schooled them for a time, and taught them much more than academics. She taught her kids to be individuals, to be independent, and to be the best person they could possibly be. Most of all, she taught them to laugh and to love. Renee adored being a mother to these three wonderful people, and her love for them guided her entire life’s path.

As a creative and imaginative person, Renee always knew that she would love being in business for herself. In the mid 1990s, Ren owned a consignment shop in Jeffersonville. Then in the late 1990s, Ren started her own candy business. Her raspberry truffles immediately became a local favorite, and keeping up with family orders was fun but exhausting. Ren continued to search for a fulfilling career, and this led her to the insurance business. She worked for several Vermont insurance agencies, thrived in the business, and gained the experience to happily start her own MetLife agency in the fall of 2006.

Music was Renee’s joy in life. From childhood forward, Renee wrote and performed her own music, and sang and played guitar at several churches in Franklin County, at local venues and at home. She had a gorgeous voice, a soulful performing style, and simply glowed when she sang. Renee was famous for always trying to get other people to sing a song for her, and was thrilled when she could convince someone to do so.

During the Valentine’s Day Blizzard of 2007, Renee married her best friend Kenneth E.W. Huether in a private ceremony at home. Renee and Ken had planned to marry in July, but circumstances led them to choose this date instead. Later on, Ren and Ken hosted a memorable Hawaiian wedding celebration for family and friends on the date they originally chose, July 7, 2007.

Through her insurance business, Renee truly loved to help families protect themselves against financial and personal loss. If only someone could have protected her from the painful loss of her 18-year-old son Lee in May of 2007 from a drowning accident at Paul Smith College. Renee suffered a heartbreak that no mother should ever have to. However, during the hugely attended services for Lee, Renee characteristically put her own suffering aside to comfort those around her.

Renee leaves behind her beloved husband, Ken; her children, Ashley Ryan Walker of Bakersfield and her boyfriend Ryan Blanchard of Willsboro, N.Y.; David Joseph Walker and fiancé Allison Clark of Enosburg Falls, and her stepson, Duncan Wade Huether of Bakersfield and Jericho. She also leaves her mother, Charlotte M. Gratton, of Burlington; brothers and sisters, Gladys and David Douse of King, N.C., David and Joanne Gratton of Milton, Brian and Valerie Gratton of Georgia, Kellie and Jon Frazier of Buchanan, Mich., and James and Bernadette Gratton of Burlington; her husband’s family, Ken’s mother Barbara Hill and her friend Jack Jensis; brother and sisters Julie Huether of Bennington, Steve and Denise Huether of Shaftsbury, and Bonnie and David Hempstead of Bennington. She also leaves numerous nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Renee was predeceased by her son, Lee Andrew Walker, and her father, Joseph W. Gratton.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Nov.13, 2007, at 11 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic in Enosburg Falls with the Rev. Rich O’Donnell celebrating the Mass of Christian burial. Interment will follow in the Maple Grove Cemetery in Bakersfield.

Visiting hours will be held Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 at the Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave, Enosburg Falls.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the Lee Walker Memorial Fund, in care of of Enosburg High School Guidance Department, PO Box 417, Enosburg Falls VT 05450.

Condolences may be sent to the family through www.spearsfuneralhome.com.
Published in Bennington Banner on Nov. 12, 2007
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