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Wilma Ione Decot Vose 1919-2012 BENNINGTON Wilma Ione Decot Vose, 92, widow of Everett L. Vose, a resident of West Road, died peacefully Thursday, February 21, 2012 at Crescent Manor Care Centers surrounded by her family.Born in LaValle, Wis., on September 29, 1919, she was the daughter of the late Edmond and Pearl (Smith) Decot. Wilma was a graduate of Reedsburg High School in Reedsburg, Wisconsin and Spencerian College in Milwaukee.Wilma came to Bennington on July 4, 1939. She managed the Bennington bus terminal during and after World War II where she met her future husband. Wilma and Everett were married in Bennington on July 21, 1942. Everett died May 27, 1984.Wilma and Everett owned and operated Wright's Cigar Store, including the cigarette vending machine business and sporting goods business. She was also a bookkeeper at Bennington Garage and later owned and operated the Coin Bag and Bennington Launderette until the time of her retirement.She was a member of the "Bowlerettes" bowling team, once winning the Vermont State Championship title. Wilma served as a Red Cross Gray Lady at Putnam Memorial Hospital from 1958 -1966 and also volunteered at the Well Baby Clinic in Bennington. She was a member of the First Baptist Church where she served on many committees and boards. An avid gardener, she also did oil painting, mostly scenery. She was an excellent cook and also enjoyed crocheting and knitting.Her main interest was her family. Besides being a devoted mother and grandmother, she was a mentor and best friend and always there for her family. Wilma especially enjoyed holiday and family gatherings.Wilma is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Marianne and Mike Sawyer of Bennington and Linda and Jim Bishop of Shaftsbury; six grandchildren Wendy (Scott) Hutwelker of Bennington, Jamie (Teddy) Hill and Barry (Amy) Bishop of North Bennington, Scott (Aimee) Bishop of Troy, N.Y., Aaron (Allison) Bishop of Falmouth, Maine and Amy (Steven) Deschane of Derry, N.H.; fifteen great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Morres Decot of Hancock, Wis., and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Wilma was predeceased by a sister and two brothers, Reva Willis of LaValle, Wis., Philip Decot of Reedsburg, Wis., and Clinton Decot of LaValle, Wis.Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Friends and family are invited to a celebration of Wilma's life at the home of Jim and Linda Bishop, 484 Elm Street, North Bennington on Saturday, February 25, from 1 to 3 p.m.Burial will take place in the family lot in Oak Lawn Cemetery, LaValle, Wis.Should friends desire memorial contributions in Wilma Vose's memory may be made to either the Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center or the through the office of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201.Guest book condolences may be made at www.maharandsonfuneralhome.net.

Published in Bennington Banner from Feb. 23 to Feb. 24, 2012
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