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Vivian May Amato Thomas, 96, passed away Wednesday, September 7, 2017 at Vernon Green Nursing Home.

She was born February 6, 1921 in Wilmington, VT where she grew up on a farm. She rode to school in a horse and buggy and did so well academically that she skipped a grade. She was a 4-H member and she taught Sunday School at Wilmington Baptist Church. In high school, she worked taking tickets at the movie theater.

After graduation, she worked as a waitress in Wilmington and Brattleboro. She married Rosario (Tony) Amato in 1941. They moved to Vernon in 1946. They had a son and four daughters. Mr. Amato passed away in 1960 and Vivian was left to care for the children by herself.

In 1985, she married Oliver Thomas who passed away just two years later. She also had special friends Linwood Batchelder and Harvey Parmenter.

Vivian was a member of the Vernon Union Church, Vernon Seniors, the Ladies Circle and she was a 4-H leader for ten years. She enjoyed sewing, gardening, cake decorating, embroidery and she crocheted 140 afghans. Her 14 kinds of homemade pickles were on demand throughout the town and many friends and neighbors stopped in over the years for coffee and freshly made donuts.

She began collecting elephants in childhood and soon they began taking on a life of their own filling her house. They numbered well over 2000 when she sold the bulk of the collection. Even after that, she received elephant gifts of every sort.

Poor health meant giving up her home and moving to Vernon Green where she has resided for the past 14 years. There she enjoyed puzzles and games, having visitors and going out to eat. No one could leave without signing her guest book.

She is survived by son, Anthony (Regis) Amato of Northfield, MA; daughters Teresa Hill (Ken) of Rensselaer Falls, NY; Mary Lou Johnston (Pat) of Mesa, AZ; Veronica Wheelock (Marshall) of Brattleboro. Daughter Marcia Jean died in infancy. She also had six grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.

SERVICES: Funeral services for Vivian Thomas will be held on Wednesday, September 13th at Vernon Union Church at 1:00 p.m. Reception will follow the service at the church.
Donations in her memory may be made to the Windham County Humane Society, P. O. Box 397, Brattleboro, VT 05302.
Published in Brattleboro Reformer on Sept. 12, 2017
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