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Deborah J. Wood


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Deborah J. Wood Obituary
Deborah "Deb" Jean Wood, of Rockingham Hill Road, Rockingham, VT died unexpectedly on December 16, 2016 one day after her 64th birthday while suffering complications from an aneurysm. She passed peacefully from this life surrounded by her family that loved her more than anything.

Deb was born on December 15, 1952 in Bellows Falls, VT, the daughter of Gordon and Shirley (Hart) Fontaine. She attended St Charles School and graduated from Bellows Falls High School in 1970 where she was an outstanding multi sport athlete. She was a member of St Charles Church.

On February 8, 1986 she married Bryan S. Wood at St. Charles Church, who survives. She is also survived by her mother, Shirley, her mother-in-law Edna Hunt, siblings, Jim Fontaine and wife Jan of Hyde Park, VT, Pat Wheeler and husband Peter of Myrtle Beach, SC, brother-in-law, David Hallock of Bellows Falls, VT, Elaine DeBell of North Walpole, NH, Regina Rockefeller and husband Andy of Putney, VT and Jean Fontaine and partner Gary Cobb of Westminster, VT. Her children, Becky Wood and partner Dale Dickerson of Bellows Falls, VT, Amy Wheeler of Bellows Falls, VT, Bethany Ferguson and husband Jim of Springfield, VT. Her grandchildren, Tucker, Tyler and Emma Westney, Wyatt, Derek and Halle Dickerson, Alyssa Szuch, Garrett Wheeler, Ryan and Ashley Ferguson, several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her father, Gordon Fontaine Jr., sister, Kathleen Hallock, and nephew, Christopher Hallock. Taken from us too soon the only solace of this tragedy is that she is reunited with them.

Deb worked at H. A. Manning right out of high school for sixteen years as a typesetter. In 1986 she apprenticed under her father (Bub) to become Transmission and Distribution Coordinator for Green Mountain Power Corporation. Later in her career she was promoted to the position of Field Rep Engineer until her retirement in 2014. During her years at GMP she had the pleasure of meeting and interacting with thousands of residents of the area that she grew up in and took great pride in the work she did, going out of her way to help them. She and her father, who was her mentor, spent hours later in his life discussing "company" talk as she was would consult with him on the many nuances of the Green Mountain Power grid in Windham County. She was so proud to continue her father's legacy at GMP. Once she retired she enjoyed spending time with her mother on various outings and adventures. Bryan retired a year ago from Landmark College and they were able to spend that wonderful year together working on all the projects they dreamed of doing on their farm.

Her family was incredibly important to her and there was nothing that she wouldn't do for them as she was a selfless person always putting others first. Bryan was the love of her life, but the love she had for her grandchildren surpassed all. She loved spending time with them. The latest example of her passionate, unwavering love and devotion was buying a horse for her granddaughter Emma. She was so happy and proud to share in Emma's passion. Her and Bryan's support of all their grandchildren's interests and hobbies was tremendous.

She loved life and lived large. She and Bryan's small farm on Rockingham Hill brought her great joy. Laughter filled her life. She loved being the middle child and was always the life of every family gathering. She loved spending time with family, hunting, fishing, camping, cooking and was famous for her fudge, going out for breakfast, crocheting, antiques, photography, music, especially a good Alan Jackson song, sugaring with family, riding her motorcycle, snowmobiling, watching her grandchildren at Motocross and anything to do with nature and the outdoors. She was a poet, practical joker, a devoted friend, a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, aunt and grandmother. She was a friend and an important part of all her nieces and nephews lives and they all loved their Aunt Debbie. She was by far the fun aunt.

She was an incredibly strong and courageous person until it came to bats.

The sudden loss of Deb to all that knew and loved her deeply leaves a large void that can only be filled by all the happy memories and lives she touched that went before her and are left behind.

SERVICES: There will be calling hours on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm at Fenton Hennessey Funeral Home.

A funeral mass will be celebrated at 10:30 am December 21, 2016, at St Charles Church with burial to follow in St. Charles Cemetery in Westminster VT.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Windham RFL Team Superhero, 55 Day Lane, Williston, VT 05495.
Published in Brattleboro Reformer on Dec. 20, 2016
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