JANICE CAROLINE PALADY AYERS - SOUTH BURLINGTON - Janice Caroline Palady Ayers, 84, of South Burlington, passed away peacefully on Dec. 20, 2012, with her family by her side. She was born in Williston on Feb. 29, 1928, the daughter of Frank and Margaret (Goodell) Palady. She was a Valedictorian graduate of Essex Junction High School and graduated from Burlington Business College. She got her first job as a secretary at New York Life in Burlington, from 1946 to 1950. She met the love of her life, Robert C. Ayers, at a barn dance and they were married on Sept. 20, 1948, at the Holy Family Church in Essex Junction, and moved into their first apartment in Burlington. They started the second part of their lives on the farm in Jericho, where they lovingly raised their four children. One sad day the barn burned down, and they reluctantly left life on the farm, but stayed in Jericho and built their first house. Jan started a job at Mt. Mansfield Union High School in Jericho as an administrative assistant and worked there for 23 years, until her retirement. During that time she mentored many, many children and had a deep love for each and every one of them. Many of those children, now adults, visited her over many years, until her death, to rekindle friendships and seek love and advice from their dear friend. Janice and Robert were also instrumental in establishing The Friends Of Music at Mt. Mansfield Union High School, and were involved in many athletic and musical activities with their children. Jan had an idyllic childhood, growing up on the Williston farm with her stepparents, Belle (Bradley) and Arthur Senna on Bradley Lane. She spent many wonderful days taking ski runs on the back hills of the farm with her best pal, Paul Lunderville, throwing ice skating parties on the farm pond, riding like a wild cowgirl on her horse galloping over the many dirt roads of Williston, with neighbors exclaiming, "there goes that wild Janice Palady on that horse again!" She frequently and fondly spoke of life on the farm, lingering in the ice house on hot summer days, sneaking into the milk house to skim luscious cream from milk buckets (Arthur never caught her) for Belle to make butter and homemade delectables that today would be featured as the best fresh organic food on the planet. She spoke lovingly of her days as a student at the one-room schoolhouse at the end of their road, where Ida Mae Lunderville, whom she respected and adored, was her teacher. Born left handed on Leap Year Day, she had to be special. The day she turned "Sweet 16" (age 64), WCAX filmed a segment about Leap Year babies, featuring Jan as the birthday girl. Channel 3 revisited her on her 21st (84) birthday, and she proclaimed that she could now "imbibe and vote." Every one of her Leap Year birthdays was a source of laughter, fun and joy for everyone. And, she loved gardening and was happiest when her hands were in the soil preparing her many beautiful flower gardens. She lives on in her four children, son, David Ayers and wife, Vicki, of St. Albans; daughter, Kathleen Angione of South Burlington; daughter, Penelope Harris and husband, Frank, of Cambridge; and son, Stephen Ayers and wife, Bonnie, of Essex Junction. She leaves four cherished grandchildren, Jordan Taylor, Seth and Christopher Ayers, and Tanya Weatherwax; four cherished great-grandchildren, Faith Anne and Sawyer Ayers, and A.J. and Alexi Weatherwax; and many nieces and nephews. She also leaves a sister-in-law, Audrey Palady of Essex; sister-in-law, Margaret Rodrigues of Florida; and brother-in-law, James Hills of Indiana. She was predeceased by her husband, Robert C. Ayers in 1995; parents, Frank and Margaret (Goodell) Palady; stepparents, Belle (Bradley) and Arthur Senna; four brothers, Harry, Eugene, Frank and Kenneth; one sister, Phyllis; and son-in-law, Charles L. Angione. The family would also like to thank the staff, doctors and nurses at Fletcher Allen Health Care for their kindness, care and patience. It meant so much to us. We will miss her strength, endearing sense of humor, her deep, deep never-ending love and care for everyone around her. She was loved and cherished by so many; young and old and in- between. In lieu of flowers, we ask that you love and care for each other and live each day to the fullest. It would make her so very happy. There will be no visiting hours. There will be a gathering and celebration with friends and family at the Ready Funeral & Cremation Service Mountain View Chapel, 68 Pinecrest Dr., Essex Junction, on Dec. 29, 2012, at 11 a.m., with a reception to follow. To send online condolences, please visit www.readyfuneral.com.

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Published in The Burlington Free Press on Dec. 21, 2012