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GERTRUDE (HEWITT) LATHROP - BRISTOL - Gertrude (Hewitt) Lathrop, 101, died Aug. 20, 2014, at her home in Bristol. She was born in Bristol at Trout Brook Farm Oct. 13, 1912, to Harvey and Lena Rathbun Hewitt. She was educated at Bristol Village Schools and graduated from Middlebury College in 1934. She taught French, Latin, and English in Schaghticoke, N.Y., High School for eight years. In August 1942, she married Earl P. Lathrop and moved to Bristol, Conn., where he was working in a defense plant. They lived there three years, until WWII ended, and then returned to operate Earl's dad's farm on Bristol Flats. Identical twins boys were born to them while in Connecticut. Later, two more sons and two daughters were born to them on Bristol Flats, where they lived for 29 years. In 1974, they moved to the Hewitt Homestead, where Gertrude was born, on Hewitt Road. She has been a member of the First Baptist Church since 1928, having held several offices. She was also an active member of the Bristol Historical Society of which she was president for about 10 years. Previously, she belonged to the fraternal order of Rebekahs, holding several offices, the last one being District Deputy. After raising her family, Gertrude worked at the Ben Franklin store in Bristol for five years, and then she began teaching at the Mountain Street School where she taught 13 years. After that, she enjoyed working at Shelburne Museum for 17 seasons as an interpreter. She enjoyed traveling, having visited Europe four times. On the first visit in 1937, she sailed on the French liner 'The Champlain" and returned on the famous "Normandie". She and Earl had cruised in the Caribbean and also on the Mississippi River aboard the Mississippi Queen. Their trip to the Canadian Rockies, which included Lake Louise, was very enjoyable and beautiful. It became necessary for her to retire from the museum when she had a slight stroke in July 1996. About the same time she began to suffer from spinal stenosis, but continued to do as many things as she could. She enjoyed her families, her home, flowers, reading, playing Scrabble, and corresponding with friends. She recently attended the 2014 convocation ceremony at Middlebury College. She was the only attendee from the class of 1934. She was predeceased by her sister, Bertha, in December 1998; and her husband, Earl, in 2002. She is survived by her sons, David and wife, Sheila, Donald and wife, Brenda, and Duane, all of Bristol, Vt., and Douglas of Houston, Texas; two daughters, Dianne Del Ponte and husband, Robert, of Warwick, R.I., and Dawn Star Nelson and husband, Joseph, of Frazer, Mich.; fourteen grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. The family would like to thank Addison County Home Health and Hospice, Bristol Internal Medicine, caregivers, family members and friends for their special help, support and special care given to her in her home. Special thanks to Patricia White Barbara Gagnon, Stacie Gagnon, Patty Lewis, John Buonincontro, Duane, Douglas, David, Sheila, Donald, and Brenda. Visiting hours will be held at the Brown-McClay Funeral Home in Bristol on Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, from 5 to 8 p.m. A celebration of her life will be held at the Federated Church in Bristol at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, with burial to follow at Greenwood Cemetery in Bristol. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Addison County Home Health and Hospice, P.O. Box 754, Middlebury, VT 05753; or the Bristol First Baptist Church in care of Flora Norris, 52 Mountain St., Bristol, VT 05443.

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Brown-McClay Funeral Homes Inc.
4 South Street Bristol, VT 05443
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Published in The Burlington Free Press on Aug. 22, 2014
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