NORTHFIELD, Vermont - Ellen I. Jerry, 86, died Thursday, May 29, 2014, at Mayo Healthcare in Northfield.
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Ellen was born Nov. 27, 1927, to Harry and Avis (Blanchard) Aseltine in Northfield, where she grew up and graduated from high school.
Dec. 1, 1945, Ellen married Donald Jerry in Northfield, where they resided and raised their four children. In 1988, Mr. and Mrs. Jerry moved to Williamstown. Their romance lasted 52 years until Donald's death in 1997. Later, Ellen resided in Amherst, Massachusetts, before returning to Northfield in 2012.
Ellen was a caring and devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed traveling and visiting her children in Germany, Panama, Egypt, and throughout the United States. Her interests included gardening, crocheting, sewing and quilting. She was an active member of the Sodality and Catholic Daughters of St. John's Catholic Church and later Ladies of St. Anne of St. Edward's Catholic Church in Williamstown. She was also a long time hospice volunteer and in 2008 was awarded the Susan Mattuck Meacham Award by Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice in recognition of her service and dedication to hospice.
Prior to retirement, she worked in state government for 26 years for the Secretary of State and the Department of State Buildings.
Ellen was predeceased by her husband and her brother Wallace Aseltine.
She is survived by her sister Anna Grenier of Waterbury; three daughters and one son, Lorraine and Ed Beaudette of Chama, New Mexico, Pamela and Fred Herres of Tryon, North Carolina, Donna Jerry and Bill Powell of Calais, Vermont, and D. Joseph Jerry of Shutesbury, Massachusetts; and six grandchildren, Philippe Beaudette, Daniel and Erin Herres, Matthew and Elliot Jerry, and Alexis Powell; and several nieces and nephews and extended family.
Calling hours will be held Tuesday, June 17, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Kingston Funeral Home, 35 Slate Avenue, Northfield. A Mass for Ellen will be celebrated June 18, at 11 a.m. at St. John's Catholic Church in Northfield. Burial will take place at Calvary Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Ellen's memory may be made to Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Berlin, VT 05641 or Mayo Healthcare, Sustainability Fund, 71 Richardson St., Northfield, VT 05663.
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Kingston Funeral Home
35 Slate Ave
Northfield, VT 05663
Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on June 13, 2014