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ANN BADGER EMERY

ANN BADGER EMERY - SOUTH BURLINGTON - Ann Badger Emery, a passionate champion of the arts, died at home on Tuesday, April 9, 2013, with her family at her bedside. She was 75. A supporter of numerous musical groups in the Burlington area, she was a founding board member of the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival, and helped guide the organization's growth since its launch in 2009. A resident of South Burlington since 1971, Ann treasured her family roots in New England. She took great pride in her ancestral links to Boston history and landmarks, including Scollay Square's steaming teakettle, which was built by coppersmiths Hicks & Badger in 1873, and the grasshopper weather vane atop Fanueil Hall, which E.B. Badger & Sons Co. repaired in 1889. Ann was born on July 18, 1937, in Cambridge, Mass., to Dr. Theodore Learnard Badger and Alice Wetherbee Badger. Her father, a prominent physician in Boston medical circles, was widely known for his research on tuberculosis and pulmonary disease. Ann grew up in Chestnut Hill, attended the Winsor School and graduated from Smith College in 1959. During college, she traveled to Newfoundland to volunteer at an orphanage of the Grenfell Mission, which provided medical services in coastal Canada and was a cause dear to her father. Later in life, she adorned the house in South Burlington with the distinctive handicrafts from the remote region. She met her husband, Edward Stanley Emery III, in Boston when she was working in a hospital research lab. Shortly after they wed in 1964, they moved to Okinawa, Japan, where Stan served as an Army physician and where their first child, Alice, was born. After Stan's military service, they lived first in Washington, then New York, where their second daughter, Margaret, was born. After Stan was offered a position at the University of Vermont Medical School, they moved in 1970 to Burlington, where their son, Theodore, was born. They moved to South Burlington in 1971. Ann's talents and interests included weaving, gardening and travel. On weekends, the smell of fresh-baked bread greeted family and visitors to her home. She produced scarves for holiday gifts on her loom, and her buoyant and elegantly composed letters reached friends around the world. In winter, her love of skiing made her a graceful figure on Vermont's slopes. Books were among Ann's most treasured possessions. An avid reader, she closely followed politics and world events. She was incensed by injustice and violence in any form, whether down the street or on the other side of the globe, and supported a number of social justice organizations. After her children were grown, she worked as the office manager of the Vermont Rural Education Center and associate director of the Lake Champlain Agency on Aging. Music was among her greatest passions. She encouraged her children to act, sing and play instruments growing up, and frequently hosted visiting musicians at her home, even after she was diagnosed in 2009 with a rare form of cancer. An enthusiastic supporter of stage performance, she promoted numerous Burlington-area musical groups. Over the last five years, she helped to organize the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival, which was a source of immense pride and enthusiasm. She also served on the regional board of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, on the board of the Vermont Youth Orchestra, and as president of the Burlington Friends of Music. Ann's travels took her to Cambodia, Vietnam, Turkey, Kenya, Italy, Mexico and other countries. But her favorite place was her garden. Ann lovingly tended her everexpanding beds of perennials and flowering bushes, and insisted that visitors help themselves to vegetables from the family garden. Ann was an early supporter of hospice care and its mission of helping those with terminal illness to spend their final days in the comfort of their homes. She trained as a hospice volunteer in 1980, providing gentle and warm companionship for the elderly through Burlington's Visiting Nurse Association, one of 26 demonstration programs nationally that became models for athome care for the dying. She chose the same endof-life philosophy for herself, spending her last days surrounded by her family in her home, with a view of the Adirondacks and migrating birds returning for spring. She leaves her husband, Stan; two daughters, Alice Emery of Bethany, Conn., and Margaret Emery of Washington, DC; son, Theo Emery of Takoma Park, Md.; granddaughters, Ana and Julia; grandson, Adam; and sister, Martha Badger Simpson of Windsor, Conn. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Ann's memory to the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival, www.lccmf.org.


Published in The Burlington Free Press on Apr. 19, 2013
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