WANETA W. MCRAE - NEWPORT - Waneta Mary Wagner McRae, 94, of Newport, passed away March 15, 2012, in Bel-Aire Residence in Newport. She was born in Island Pond, on Dec. 10, 1917, to Charles and Vivian Wagner. On Dec. 29, 1945 she married Donald McRae, who predeceased her on Feb. 12, 2011. Mr. and Mrs. McRae owned their own dairy farm in Island Pond for 50 years. Before farming entered her life, Waneta was a public school teacher
in the towns of West Burke, Concord, Walden and Waterford. When her children went to college, to help support their education, Waneta returned to teaching, while at the same time carrying on the many chores of a farmer. To improve her ability to help her children and to also become a stronger teacher, Waneta, at the age of 47, returned to Lyndon State College to attain her Bachelor's degree in education. The latter part of her teaching career included teaching in the elementary schools of West Charleston, Canaan, Derby Line and the Derby Junior High School. Waneta remembered her students with stories of their successes and her times spent with them. She loved her family very much and followed all the activities of her children and grandchildren with great interest. She is survived by her three children, Martin McRae and his wife, Barbara, of Morgan, Bruce McRae and his wife, Gisele, of Milton, and Vivian Spates and her husband, Douglas, of Derby; as well as her sister-in-law, Raelene Wright and her husband, Dale, of South Ryegate. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Lia Greenwood and her husband, Chad, Jeff McRae and his wife, Erin McKenny, Andrea Carbine and her husband, Andrew, Elia Marquis and her husband, Corey, Alicia Messier and her husband, Rodney, Kate McRae and Kyle McRae; and her great-grandchildren, Evan, Delia, and Erik Greenwood, McKenna, Cecelia, and Griffin Marquis, Finnegan and Charles McRae, and Poppy Messier. She is also survived by a special niece, Bonnie Fontaine and her husband, Paul, of St. Johnsbury; as well as other nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a son, Michael McRae; and step-sisters, Evelyn Bishop and Madeline Pratt. Friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 22, 2012, at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Rd., Newport, where funeral services will be held immediately following at 2 p.m., with the Reverend Martha Peck officiating. Interment will take place directly after in the Lyndonville Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com
. Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Curtis-BritchConverse-Rushford Funeral Home, locally family owned and operated. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Derby Line Ambulance Service, in care of Brian Fletcher, P.O. Box 105, Derby Line, VT 05830; or to Orleans Essex V.N.A. and Hospice, Inc., 46 Lakemont Rd., Newport, VT 05855; or to the Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Society, 502 Strawberry Acres, Newport, VT 05855.