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SHELBURNE -- Rosamond Neilson died at Wake Robin Retirement Community in Shelburne on Monday, May 8, 2006, after a long illness.

The youngest daughter of the United States senator from Missouri, Xenephon Pierce Wilfley, and Rosamond Guthrie Wilfley, she was born Sept. 11, 1920, in St. Louis. She graduated from the John Burroughs School in St. Louis and in 1942 from Wellesley College. During World War II she worked as a Red Cross volunteer in Santa Barbara, Calif.

In 1949 Neilson married the late Henry T. Stanton Jr. and resided in Bronxville, N.Y., for many years.

A writer and editor, Neilson co-authored “Look to This Day: The Life of Dr. Connie Guion” with Nardi Reeder Campion, and wrote articles that appeared in Wellesley Magazine, Parents Magazine and The New York Times. She worked in public relations for Standard Oil, Sarah Lawrence College and Country Journal Magazine.

Neilson was active in community affairs in Bronxville and Manchester, where she moved in 1984 when she married the late Louis Neilson of North Rupert. In 1985 she founded Vermont Reading Partners, the only all-volunteer program in Vermont helping adults learn to read. She served on the Vermont Governor’s Advisory Council for Adult Education and as a trustee and board member of the Long Trail School in Dorset.

An active member of church communities throughout her life, she taught Sunday school at Christ Church, Bronxville. Later at Zion Episcopal Church in Manchester, she started a prayer group, a Bible study program and the Pastoral Team.

A treasured friend and mother, Neilson leaves three children, Ava Louise Stanton of Santa Monica, Calif., Pierce Stanton and his wife, Debi, of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Mark Stanton and his wife, Lisa, of Bolton; two stepchildren, Kay Quigley and Henry T. Stanton III; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Her family would like to thank the Wake Robin staff. Each one of them would say they were only doing their jobs, but their dedication to Mrs. Neilson dignified her final days.

A memorial service will be held at Zion Episcopal Church, Manchester, on Friday, Aug. 11, 2006, time to be determined later. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Fresh Air Fund, 633 3rd Avenue, 14th floor, New York, NY 10017 or Vermont Reading Partners, P.O. Box 72, Manchester Center, VT 05255. Arrangements are in the care of the Ready Funeral & Cremation Service, 261 Shelburne Rd., Burlington, VT 05401.
Published in Bennington Banner on May 10, 2006
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