ANN LYONS FRY - STOWE - Ann Lyons Fry, 83, died Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012, in the Vermont Respite House, in Williston. Born April 3, 1929, Ann was the daughter of William Michael and Irene (Barton) Lyons of Barre. The oldest of three daughters, Ann grew up in Barre, graduating from Spaulding High School in the Class of 1947. She attended McGill University and graduated cum laude in 1951. On Sept. 21, 1952, she married her McGill college classmate, John Fry of Montreal. In 1951, Ann was the only woman on the editorial staff of the Burlington Free Press. She moved to Montreal to work as a reporter and women's editor at the Montreal Gazette. After her divorce in 1957, she returned to Vermont with her two children, Leslie and William, living in Stowe and working as a freelance writer for magazines and newspapers. She resided in the same home on Maple Street in Stowe for 55 years. Ann earned her MA at the Bread Loaf School of English in 1963 and did post-graduate doctoral work at McGill from 19721977. She taught at Goddard College in Plainfield from 1960 to 1963. She then accepted a professorship at Johnson State College where she taught literature and writing from 1967 to 1984. She will be dearly missed by the many, many students whom she inspired over those 17 years. After retiring from Johnson, Ann started a school for the Native American Pima-Maricopa tribe on a reservation in Sacaton, Ariz. Once the school was established, she returned to Vermont to pursue her other interests. Ann was a lover of books and reading. Her collection of books at her home in Stowe rivals many libraries. She enjoyed movies and theatre and was an avid cook and gardener. She is survived by her daughter, Leslie Fry of Winooski; a son, Bill Fry and his wife, Anna, of Shrewsbury; two grandchildren, Sarah and Emily; her niece, Jane Kast of Montpelier; and two grandnieces, Annie and Caitlin. She is also survived by her younger sister, Mary (Lyons) Coddington of Washington, D.C. A graveside service will be held Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012 at 1 p.m. in the Hope Cemetery in Barre. There are no calling hours. The Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy St., Barre, is in charge of the arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the Vermont National Guard Charitable Foundation, P.O. Box 683, Essex Junction, VT 05453.
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Published in The Burlington Free Press on August 7, 2012