SARAH GUTHRIE LIVINGSTONE HANBRIDGE

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SARAH GUTHRIE LIVINGSTONE HANBRIDGE - BURLINGTON - Sarah Guthrie Livingstone Hanbridge passed away on Jan. 5, 2013, in Burlington. She was born Sept. 29, 1925, in Glasgow, Scotland, to William and Isabella (Hamilton) Livingstone. She was the seventh of nine children. Sarah completed her schooling in Glasgow as World War II reached Scotland. In 1942, she and the children of Glasgow were evacuated to the island of Arran because of the German bombing of Clydebank, where warships were being built. Her family endured the hardships of war including the enlistment of family members in the armed forces, bombings, and rationing. In 1943, she met Edward Lowe Hanbridge while at a Red Cross sponsored dance. He was an American military policeman from Burlington stationed at Clydebank. They were married April 22, 1944, in Glasgow. Soon after, Edward was shipped to France and was stationed there until he returned home to Burlington in November 1945. Sarah stayed in Glasgow with her family and worked until she was cleared to come to the states in January 1946. Sarah joined the First Baptist Church of Burlington in 1946, teaching Sunday School and serving on most boards and committees and in most every other volunteer capacity in her almost 60 years of active membership. She enjoyed a wide circle of friends because of that membership and her involvement in the Overseas Wives Club, the Sunshine Club, the Sewing Club, and the Foster Street neighborhood. She and Ed enjoyed an active social life. They were one of the first teams to deliver Meals on Wheels and they continued serving shut-ins for years. She operated a babysitting service from her home and over the years, the children she helped raise and their families became a part of her family. The parents were comforted by her loving care of their children. For a few years in the 1960's, she also worked for the Chamber of Commerce during the summers at the information booth at the corner of Main and Willard Streets. She and Edward were devoted fans of their children and grand-children, attending sporting events, piano recitals, church plays, and any other activity they were involved in. The happiness and success that her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren have enjoyed are a fulfillment of her deeply held love for her family. No words can express how much her family will miss her. Sarah was predeceased by Edward in March 1998. She was also predeceased by her parents; sisters, Catherine, Elizabeth, twins Margaret and Joan; and brothers, William, Daniel, Angus, and George. Sarah is survived by her daughter, Penilee Saulnier and son-in-law, Edward, grandchildren, Elizabeth (Doug Duclos) Balderas, Stephanie (Ted) Marcotte, Adam (Kate) Lambert, and Matthew (Emily) Lambert; son, Brian Hanbridge and daughter-in-law, Julie, grandchildren, Robin Hanbridge, and Trevor (Cindy) Hanbridge; son, Edward "Ted" Hanbridge and daughter-in-law, Karen, grandchildren, Erin (Manny) Robertson, and David (Liza) Hanbridge; daughter, Sara Zuanich and son-in-law, Scott, grandchildren, Taylor, Grace, and Margaret Courville, and Samuel Zuanich. She is survived by great-grandchildren, Max and Spencer Balderas; Alex, Gage, and Annabella Bergeron; Steele and William Lambert; Jackson, Quinn, and Rowan Lambert; Braelin and Tess Hanbridge; Isabelle, Mae and Praydence Hanbridge; Myles and Sylas Robertson, and Elah Spence; and her special grandchildren, Devi Hill and Kiran MacCormick. She is also survived by sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and their families in Scotland, England, Ireland, Australia, Canada, California, Oregon, and Florida; and special friends, Dorothy McBride, Susan MacCormick, Sandra Barney, Elsie Dinwiddie, and Doreen Owens. She was cheered by the regular visits of members of First Baptist Church. The family would like to thank Dr. Candace Fraser and the staff and volunteers at Birchwood Terrace Healthcare for taking such good care of our mother. They comforted us with their kindness and compassion and reassured us with their professional competence. Her cheery disposition was evident in her daily response to her children's question of how her day was going, "Just fine, darlin', just fine" and in the enjoyment she derived from being the candy lady. Her impact in all regards will last long after she is gone. She is now in "Florida" (her euphemism for Heaven) with Dad. Visitation will be at Corbin and Palmer Funeral Home, 71 South Union St. in Burlington, on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, from 3 to 6 p.m. A memorial service will be held at First Baptist Church in Burlington on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hanbridge Memorial Scholarship Fund at First Baptist Church, 81 St. Paul St., Burlington, VT 05401.

Published in The Burlington Free Press on Jan. 6, 2013
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