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Virginia Davis Newton

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NISKAYUNA, N.Y. -- Virginia Davis Newton, a resident of Alterra Clare Bridge in Niskayuna, died on Monday evening, June 14, 2004 at the Glendale Nursing Home following a long illness.

She was born in Boise, Idaho on Aug. 3, 1918, and was the daughter of George and Daisy (Young) Davis. She received her education in the local schools and holds a bachelor’s degree from Tufts University. For several years she was employed as a social worker at Northwestern University Medical Center in Chicago. She married Donald Newton in Port-A-Prince, Trinidad on Nov. 5, 1941. They had celebrated 61 years of marriage before Mr. Newton died in 2002. While residing in the Chicago area, she had been very active in her community as a volunteer for the Field Museum of Natural History, the North Shore Association for Retarded Citizens, the Sheridan Shore Yacht Club and the League of Women Voters. Her interests included playing bridge and scrabble. She enjoyed listening to music, traveling and reading.

Mrs. Newton is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, David and Joyce Newton of Niskayuna; her daughter and son-in-law, Carolyn and Robert Haspray of Montgomery Center, Vt.; her daughter and companion Margaret Newton and David Nurney, of Seattle, Wash.; and her daughter Betty Jean Newton of Rolling Meadows, Ill. Mrs. Newton has seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. There is one sister, Elizabeth Syrus of Gardner, Maine. Mrs. Newton is predeceased by two brothers, George and Robert Davis.

Funeral services for Mrs. Newton will be held on Friday morning, June 18, at the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St. in Bennington at 10 a.m. with the Rev. David Bauscher officiating. Interment will take place privately in Maine. Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. Memorials in her honor may be made to the Alzheimer and Related Disorders Foundation, through the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St., Bennington, VT 05201.

Published in Bennington Banner on June 16, 2004
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