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Elsie Mills Chapman


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Elsie Martha Mills Chapman

1929-2016 Elsie Chapman passed away at Vernon Green on March 14, 2016. She spent the last seven years of her life at Vernon Green struggling with Alzheimer's Disease. Elsie was born on October 25th,1929 to Thomas Arthur and Martha Mills in Woodsville, NH. in the early 1930's her family moved to Bellows Falls and then on to Westminster. She attended the public grammar schools and graduated from Bellows Falls High School in 1947. She sang in the Congregational Church Choir in Westminster, VT.She married Edward Rathbun of Westminster in 1951. They raised their two sons James and Michael in Westminster, VT. She worked as an evening Operator for New England Telephone Company after graduating from High School. She worked around the farm until 1963 at which time she went to work at Windham College as secretary to Nat Hendricks, Treasurer. She married Philip B. Chapman on April 11, 1970 in Elkton, MD. She retired from Windham College in 1970. During her retirement years she attended and graduated from Keene Beauty Academy. She worked occasionally as a beautician. She and her husband returned to Brattleboro to be closer to their children. One of her pleasures in life was shopping at various Malls in Southern New Hampshire and Maine. She enjoyed walking around their summer home and the village of Ogunquit, ME. While in Maine she was active in the Kennebunk Unitarian Church. She thoroughly enjoyed traveling with Philip on many business trips including a trip to Europe. She was predeceased by her parents, brothers Francis Mills and Thomas Mills, a sister Barbara Greenwood and a granddaughter. Survived by two sons James Rathbun (Renee) of Sevierville, TN and Michael Rathbun (Joyce) of Brattleboro, a brother, Robert Mills (Cindy) of Dover, NH and grandchildren Mark LaMorder, Christopher Rathbun (Donna) and Jennifer Clark (Tim) all of the Brattleboro area, and Taylor Rathbun of Tennessee. As well as many nieces and nephews. FUNERAL SERVICE: Graveside Service to be held at The new Westminster Cemetery, Westminster, Vt. on Saturday March 19th at 11 am. Memorial contributions could be made to Rescue Inc, 541 Canal Street, P0 Box 593, Brattleboro, VT 05302 or a .
Published in Brattleboro Reformer on Mar. 15, 2016
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