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BERNICE SARAH WHITE - WATERBURY CENTER - Bernice Sarah White, 98, a lifelong resident of Waterbury Center, passed away in the comfort of her family on Monday, Dec. 30, 2013. Born in Little River in Waterbury on Aug. 3, 1915, she was the daughter of the late Bert E. and Phebe M. (Dalley) Downing. Bernice was previously married to Ermont Lawrence. On July 6, 1936, she married Gordon H. White in Woodsville, N.H. Gordon predeceased Bernice on July 1, 1987. Bernice started school at Little River in Waterbury. After her parents sold their farm due to the construction of the Flood Control Dam and purchased the Marble Farm in Duxbury, she attended the Red School on Duxbury hill. She later attended Waterbury High School. Her father died suddenly while she was in high school so she left her studies to help save the family farm. Following her marriage, Bernice was not only busy and happy as a homemaker and raising her family, she also worked as a housekeeper for many Waterbury area families. She later was employed at the Colby Nursing Home in Waterbury, later worked for Lloyd and Guila Squier as a housekeeper as well as for Squier Maple Products and then retired in 1978 from Ladd Hall at the Vermont State Hospital. Bernice was a member of the Waterbury Center Community Church and Ladies Aide, the Waterbury Area Senior Citizens, Waterbury Grange #237, the 88 Card Club, the Waterbury Ambulance Service, the Waterbury Historical Society and Emerald Rebekah Lodge #33. In her leisure time, she enjoyed gardening and tending to her plants and flowers. Bernice is mourned and loved by her children, Mary White of Montpelier, Margaret Corriveau and her husband, Earl, of New Smyrna, Fla., Theresa King and her husband, James, of Waterbury, Gloria Mayo of Montpelier, Richard White and his wife, Anne, of Waterbury Center, Berton White and his wife, Patricia, of Ascutney, and David White and his wife, Jane, of Barre; 19 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; and 12 great-great-grandchildren; as well as nieces, nephews and extended family. Bernice was predeceased by her daughter, Ermona Austin; her sister, Blanche DeCelle; and a nephew, Robert DeCelle. Funeral services will be held from the Waterbury Center Community Church on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, at 11 a.m. with a reception to follow in the church dining room. Friends may call at the Perkins-Parker Funeral Home in Waterbury on Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. Spring interment will take place in the Waterbury Center Cemetery. To send online condolences please visit us at and Facebook. The family requests that flowers be omitted; rather memorial gifts would be appreciated to the Waterbury Center Community Church, P.O. Box 216, Waterbury Center, VT 05677; the Waterbury Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 95, Waterbury Center, VT 05677; or the Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, 600 Granger Rd., Barre, VT 05641 (

Published in The Burlington Free Press on Jan. 1, 2014
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