MONTPELIER - Marjorie L. "Buddy" Gendron, 90, of Forest Drive, Montpelier, died Monday, Jan. 9, 2017.
She was born in Walden, Vermont, on Nov. 6, 1926, the daughter of Harry C. and Addie P. (Gochey) Searles. Marjorie attended schools in Walden and graduated in 1944 from Cabot High School.
She married Louis J. Gendron on July 28, 1947, at St. Augustine Catholic Church and they had two children, Cecile and Louis. Buddy worked for the former DeRonde Plastics on Berlin Street, Montpelier. Marjorie and Louis operated the Greaves Farm on the Northfield Road in Montpelier for 25 years and was a 50-year member of the Capital City Grange. She also worked at Vermont College café, Paul's (Redmond) Home Bake Shop and was the office manager for her son, Louie, at Gendron Concrete Co.
Marge and Louie's lives revolved around their family and many friends. All of any age were warmly welcomed into their home. There were kind, encouraging words and always plenty of time for anyone stopping by. They were the best models of unconditional love and helping hands.
They loved gardening together, playing cards and games of all kinds, hosting sugar-on-snow parties for family and friends and birdwatching. Mom waited expectantly for the hummingbirds to come each year.
Mom was a wonderfully creative woman. Whether it was knitting, crocheting, braiding rugs, quilting or ceramics, she did all with much love and enthusiasm. She looked forward to the Gendron-Searles family reunions. She always made baked beans, with maple syrup, and a cake with peanut butter fudge frosting for the Searles reunion in August. During her years, she made and decorated many wedding and baby shower cakes.
She will be greatly missed by her daughter and caregiver, Cecile Gendron, of Montpelier, and her son, Louis Gendron and his wife, Judy, of Berlin, Vermont; her grandchildren, Margaret Gendron, of Washington, DC, and Lucas Gendron and his wife, Amy, of Montpelier. Three of the greatest joys in her life were her great-grandchildren, Cyrus James Gendron, Ira Joseph Gendron and Collette Ann Gendron. She is also survived by two special sisters, Olive Wilson, of Newbury, Vermont, and Donna Winchester of Los Lunas, New Mexico, and many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband, Louis, on Nov. 5, 2008, and her siblings, Marion Godrey, Doris Ainsworth, Mary Rocheleau, Madeline LaPan, Robert Searles, Forest "Bun" Searles, Earl Searles, Gordon "Jack" Searles, Richard Searles, Roger "Duff" Searles, Lester "Beaver" Searles and an infant brother who died at birth.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14, from Guare & Sons Funeral Home, 30 School St., Montpelier. Burial will take place in Main Street Cemetery in Hardwick at a later date.
In her later years as she lost her sight, she got great enjoyment from attending the VABVI, PALS group in central Vermont. She gained many new friends and support through this group. Donations may be made to the Vermont Assoc. of the Blind and Visually Impaired (VABVI), 60 Kimball Ave., South Burlington, VT 05403.
Marjorie's family would like to thank CVHHH, especially Natalie, Larry and Amanda, for the support they gave to us so we could keep Mom at home. We also thank all our friends who helped, and Gail Trevitt and Cindy Cook who helped with the caregiving.
Online condolences may be sent to www.guareandsons.com.
Guare & Sons Funeral Home - Montpelier
30 School Street
Montpelier, VT 05602
Published in Times Argus from Jan. 11 to Jan. 12, 2017