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Virginia A. North

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CONCORD, N.H. -- Virginia “Ginny” A. North, 80, of Commercial St., died on Sept. 11, 2006 at Hospice House.

She was born on Aug. 11, 1926 in Bennington, Vt., the daughter of James E. and Bertha (Atkins) Hamilton.

She graduated from Hicks Grammar School and Bennington High School, both of Bennington, Vt., She was also a graduate of the Brightlook Hospital School of Nursing in St. Johnsbury, Vt.

Mrs. North began her nursing career at the Putnam Memorial Hospital from 1947 to 1951 while married to Gordon Barrett. They moved to Brattleboro, Vt., in 1951 where she joined the Brattleboro Memorial Hospital as a staff RN in Pediatrics, and later as a nurse with the Town of Brattleboro Visiting Nurse Association. In 1965 she moved to New Jersey to study cardio-vascular nursing at Muhlenberg Hospital in Plainfield. She then moved to southern New Jersey where she became supervisor of pediatrics at Woodbury Memorial Hospital.

In 1970 she returned to Vermont where she assisted in starting a Medicare Certified Home Health Agency serving, Bennington, North Bennington, Shaftsbury, Pownal, and Woodford, Vt., and later became its executive director. She married John R. North of Brattleboro on April 18, 1976. She was also associated and actively involved with the Bennington Project Independence, Bennington Elderly Action Committee, and the Long Term Care Committee. She was a founding member of the Bennington Area Hospice, served as a dedicated member and past president of District No. 3 of the Vermont Staff Nurses Association, and also served as secretary for the Vermont Assembly of Home Health Agencies.

She and her husband moved to Columbus, N.C. following her retirement in 1988. After her husband’s death in 1989, she returned to New England, moving to Cape Cod to be close to family and friends. While residing on the Cape, she worked part-time for the “Meals on Wheels” program and was active in the First Church of Christ in Sandwich, Mass., where she served as a trustee for four years and was an active choir member. She became an avid square dancer and a member of the “Happy Hoofers Walking Club.”

In recent years, Mrs. North moved to Concord to be closer to her daughter, Ruth McDonald, and resided at the Horseshoe Pond Place Housing for Seniors where she was active on their advisory council and volunteered in the “Congregate Meals Program” and as a transporter of fellow senior citizens for medical appointments and other needs. She attended the First Church of the Nazarene in Loudon. Her hobbies included music, walking, gardening, readings, baking, and preserving jellies and relishes. She was a wonderful mother and grandmother.

Her family members include two daughters, Susan A. Barrett, of Los Angeles, Calif., and Ruth B. McDonald, of Hopkinton; a son, Burton A. Barrett of Fairfield, Calif; two stepdaughters, Sallie Harrison of Graham, Wash., and Nancy J. Tatch of Randolph, N.J.; 11 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; a great-great grandchild; a sister-in-law, Ann Hamilton; six nieces and two nephews. She was predeceased by her first husband, Gordon A. Barrett; her second husband, John R. North; a daughter, Betsy Barrett who passed in 1961; two brothers, Perry Hamilton and Earl Hamilton; and a sister, Arlene Nelson.

There are no calling hours. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 14, at 10:30 a.m. at the Nazarene Church, 15 Staniels Rd. in Loudon. A reception will follow in the church hall. A graveside service will be held later in the afternoon at 4:30 p.m. at Park Lawn Cemetery in Bennington, Vt..

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Mrs. North’s memory to the National Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Northeast Chapter, 114 Perimeter Rd. No. GH, Nashua, NH 03060; or the Nazarene Church, 15 Staniels Rd., Loudon, NH 03307; or the Christian Medical Mission, 1207 Gorham Pond Rd., Dunbarton, NH 03046. AFCS - Affordable Funeral and Cremation Services, Inc. is in charge of the arrangements.
Published in Bennington Banner on Sept. 19, 2006
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