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Martha A. Haynes


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Martha A. Haynes Obituary
Martha Anne Haynes of Woodstock, Vermont passed away at the age of 103 on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at Hanover Terrace in Hanover, New Hampshire. Martha remained interested and engaged in life until the end.

Martha was born in Rutland, Vermont on March 12, 1915 to Matthew A. Morgan and Elizabeth Gillespie Morgan. She graduated from Rutland High School in 1933. From the time she was a teenager, Martha worked many jobs. She was a mother and an artist, but will be remembered most for her good nature, sense of humor, and abundance of common sense.

Martha and David M. Haynes were married on April 22, 1940. Throughout their 58 years together, Martha and "Davy" worked and played together with enthusiasm for new interests and adventures. They loved to dance, from the jitterbug to ballroom and square dancing. They played darts, bocce ball, and shot hoops on the back of the barn. Hours were spent playing cards, Upwords, and Scrabble. Martha had the two letter words down and knew how to freeze that triple word score. She was a fierce competitor who would immediately challenge you to a rematch.

In 1948, Martha and David bought and ran a small farm in upstate New York. They hosted paying guests who came to experience life on a working dairy farm. In 1958, they moved back to Vermont and later bought and ran Hillside House and Cottages in Woodstock. Hillside House guests returned year after year, becoming lifelong friends. Many happy evenings were spent in conversation and playing games.

Always creative and busy, Martha ran home based enterprises in addition to the guest home; she made and sold "Martha Anne Candies". Using her childhood nickname "Muggsie" as a trademark, Martha designed and sewed hats and bags, working until she moved to the Homestead at age 100. To this day, people in Woodstock and beyond proudly wear their "It's a Muggsie" embroidered hats.

Survivors include her children, Susan Haynes Moore, Diana Haynes, and Morgan Joseph Haynes; grandchildren Anne Moore Odell and husband, Cole Moore Odell; Eli Moore and partner Heather Hobart; Laura Haynes; Morgan Haynes and Emily Haynes; and great-grandchildren Theo Moore Odell, Abraham Moore Odell, Ada Moore, and Quinn Moore. They will lovingly remember her as the family matriarch who had perfected the perfect pie crust, and abhorred leftovers saying, "Don't leave that little bit".

Martha was predeceased by her husband David. She was also predeceased by her daughter Judy Haynes and by her daughter-in-law Julia Kintz Haynes. She was predeceased by all of her sisters Elizabeth, Rita, Rosemary, Jackie, and their spouses.

An open house celebration of Martha's life will be held on Sunday, June 24 at Hillside House in Woodstock, Vermont from 1:00-4:00 PM.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Cabot Funeral Home. An on line guest book can be found at cabotfh.com
Published in Brattleboro Reformer on June 6, 2018
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