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Ethel Blodgett Darling Campbell

1912 0 2014 VERNON - Ethel Blodgett Darling Campbell, 102, formerly of Moreland Avenue, passed away Thursday evening, May 8, 2014, at Vernon Hall Assisted Living where she had been a resident since August, 2013. Ethel was the third child of four children born to Harriet Palmer Blodgett and Royal Ernest Blodgett on Feb. 13, 1912, in Vernon, Vt., on the family farm. Her three siblings, Harold, Ernestine, and Earle predeceased her. She attended a one room school house in Vernon and graduated from Brattleboro High School in 1930. In high school she was a member of the Business Practices Club and, after graduation, attended Bay Path College, graduating in 1932. When she returned to Vernon, her father bought her a car in exchange for her milking cows each morning, before driving to Brattleboro to work at the Barrows Coal Company. In 1938, she married Oscar L. Darling in the living room of the house Oscar and his father built for them. This house remained her home for the next 75 years. She and Oscar had three children, Patricia A. Darling Paquin who passed away in 2001, Grayce A. Darling Grant who died in 1994, and O. Leonard Darling. Her husband, Oscar, died in 1950, in an accident, while driving home from work in the Rutland area, repairing phone lines after "The Great Appalachian Storm of 1950." Soon after Oscar's death, Ethel went to work, first at the Oak Grove School preparing school lunches, and later at the Brattleboro Union High School where she worked as secretary for 24 years, retiring in 1976. The Class of 1956 dedicated its yearbook to her "For being so patient and understandingFor always being ready to lend a cheerful word," an honor she cherished throughout her life. In 1958 she married a widower, William R. Campbell, a town selectman and owner of Campbell's Hardware Store. Bill Campbell passed away in 1989. Her stepson, Anderson "Sandy" Campbell, predeceased her in 2003. Ethel was devoted to her family and friends. Her guiding philosophy was the Golden Rule and the Ten Commandments. She lived independently in her home until she was 101. She kept her car and driver's license until she was past 100. She wrote the State of Vermont Motor Vehicles Department a note explaining why she was relinquishing her license and received a nice note in return saying that she could reinstate her license in the future if she wanted. Ethel was a member of St. Michael's Episcopal Church in Brattleboro, the Bingham Chapter OES, and a member of the Ladies Shrine Niles Court #94. Ethel is survived by her son, O. Leonard Darling and wife, Barbara, of Lincoln, Mass.; her son-in-law, Carl Grant of Boca Raton, Fla.; six grandchildren, Karla Grant Atas of Forest Hills, N.Y., Kevin Grant and wife, Angeline, of Franklin, Mass., Brett Paquin and wife, Maria, of Fairview Heights, Ill., Lynne Paquin Koertge and husband, Charles, of Santa Maria, Calif., Thomas Darling and wife, Elizabeth, of Weston, Mass., and William Darling and wife, Tammy, of Westford, Mass. She is also survived by 11 great-grandchildren, her sister-in-law, Lillie Mae Blodgett, and seven nieces and nephews. FUNERAL NOTICE: Funeral services will be conducted Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Saint Michael's Episcopal Church and following the services a reception will take place in the church's fellowship area. Burial will be in Meetinghouse Hill Cemetery where the Order of the Eastern Star, Bingham Chapter #30 will conduct a memorial service. The committal will begin at 12:30 p.m. Friends are invited to call at the church for a half hour visitation from 10 a.m. until the start of the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Ethel's name may be made to Vernon Advent Christian Home Activities Fund, 61 Greenway Drive, Vernon, VT 05354. To sign an online register book with messages of e-condolence please visit www.atamaniuk.com. Arrangements are under the direction of the Atamaniuk Funeral Home.


Published in Brattleboro Reformer on May 14, 2014
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