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Sandra Read

Sandra Lynch Read

1951-2013 Sandra Lynch Read of Dorset, Vt., beloved wife of Paul H. Parker, departed this earth from their home on July 6, 2013, at the age of 61, surrounded by her loving family and friends.

She was born October 11, 1951 in New York City and spent her childhood in Mill Neck, New York and Peru, Vermont.

A graduate of The Madeira School and Williams College, she received her MBA from Columbia University. In 1983, after twenty years in New York City, where she served on the board of the Joffrey Ballet for over ten years and worked for a variety of financial institutions, including Bankers Trust, Scudder, Stevens and Clark and Hartford Huntington, and managed the Williams Club, she moved to Aspen, Colorado, where she was known for her newspaper column "Good News, Rumors and Outright Lies." While living in Aspen, she was involved in a partnership, which was hired to run one of music television's first channels, Country Music Television. In 1993, Sandra moved to Crested Butte, Colorado, where she served on the board of Western State University in Gunnison and was active in The Crested Butte Theater.

Sandra continued her life-long interest in theater after she moved back east to Dorset, Vermont in 2000, by serving on the boards of The Dorset Theater Festival and The Dorset Players. She was also a volunteer at Hildene and The American Museum of Fly Fishing. The most fortuitous aspect of her moving east was the opportunity to find true love in her relationship with Paul, her husband of seven years.

Sandra's idea of heaven was to listen to the sound of loons on the lake at her family's camp in the Adirondacks. Her favorite activity was singing.

She is survived by her devoted husband, three step-children and their partners, Charles Parker and Billy Pomales of Brookline, Vermont, Virginia Parker Dugan and her husband William of Poultney, Vermont, and Vincent Parker and his wife Sandra of Alamogordo, New Mexico, and a step-granddaughter Katy Dugan. Also surviving her are her mother, Signa Lynch Read, of East Dorset, Vermont, a sister, Susan Read Cronin, of Manchester, Vermont and a brother, Stewart W. Read, of Bellows Falls, Vermont, two step-sisters, Marci MacNeur of Manchester, Vermont and Mindy Schwarz of Silver Springs, Maryland and two stepdaughters from a previous marriage, Margaret W. Foley of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Anne H. Foley of Washington, DC. Her father, Alexander D. Read, predeceased her.

There will be no service or calling hours. At the request of the family, memorial contributions may be made in her honor to The Foley Cancer Center in care of Rutland Regional Medical Center, 160 Allen Street Rutland, VT 05701. The Robert M. King Funeral Home of Granville, New York, is handling the arrangements.

Published in The Manchester Journal from Aug. 2 to Aug. 23, 2013
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