Geraldine A. Pixley

MONTPELIER - Geraldine A. Pixley, "Grandmother Raccoon," 74, crossed over peacefully at her home Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013.

Born May 18, 1938, in Duxbury, she was the daughter of Frederick and Laura (Sherman) McGrath.

She attended Montpelier High School and received advance training at Goddard College.

On Feb. 22, 1958, she married Maurice Hunt in Lower Graniteville. They started their home in Plainfield and later moved to Graniteville. Together they had three children: Debra J. Hunt (deceased), Frederick O. Hunt, of Graniteville, and Gordon M. Hunt, of Plainfield.

On April 19, 1974, she married Douglas G. Pixley in Barre Town. She lived in Montpelier, moved later to Waterford, Conn., then back to Vermont where she lived for the remaining years of her life. Together they had three children: Pauline M. Cole, of Fayetteville, N.C., Alicia M. Stauff, of Berlin, and Douglas G. Pixley II, of Brookfield.

Throughout her lifetime, Geraldine provided love, support and guidance to all that entered her life. She became involved with a Native American group that she has grown to love and has been proud to call family.

Survivors include three sons: Frederick O. Hunt, Gordon M. Hunt and Douglas George Pixley II; two daughters: Pauline M. Cole and Alicia M. Stauff; brothers Frank McGrath, of Paducah, Ky., Frederick McGrath Jr., of Graniteville, Reginald McGrath, of Northfield, Donald McGrath, of Watertown, S.D., and sister Rose "Susie" Dufresne, of Barre; 10 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; many nephews, nieces and her Native American family.

A daughter, Debra J. Hunt-Luce, a brother, Richard McGrath, and two sisters, Allison McGrath and Barbara Prescott, crossed previously.

A life celebration will be held on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Canadian Club (414 E. Montpelier Road, Barre).

Contributions in her memory can be made to Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05641, Attn: Hospice Program.

Published in Times Argus on Jan. 15, 2013