Wilma I. Hanlon

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JONESVILLE - Wilma Irene (Griffith) Hanlon, 83, a lifelong resident of Jonesville, passed away in Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, on Friday, May 11, 2012, surrounded by family.

She was born in Burlington, June 1, 1928, to Walter and Mary (Dean) Griffith.

She graduated from Richmond High School and Champlain College.

Wilma married Francis "Ski" Hanlon in Essex on June 8, 1946. They started their life together farming in Bolton. She then worked as a bookkeeper at her father's lumber company, Plant & Griffith, the Jonesville Post Office and Capitol Stationers, until her retirement in 2002.

Wilma was a member of the Richmond Congregational Church and the Vermont Farm Bureau. She traveled to many places with the Farm Bureau; all of the southern states, Nashville and Reno, and her dream of going to Hawaii was also realized this way. She also visited Montana and all of the New England states with family. She and her longtime friend, Beulah Butler, went to Niagara Falls together. In the spring, Wilma could be found happily sampling and frosting doughnuts for the Maple Open House weekends. Wilma always enjoyed family gatherings and a good parade.

She is survived by her daughter, Mary and husband, Bruce Taft, of Huntington; son, Earl and wife, Barbara, of Richmond; four grandchildren, Tina Deckers and husband, Peter, of Connecticut, Tim Taft and wife, Margaret, of Huntington, Whitney Tucker and husband, Nate, of Barre, and Joshua Hanlon of Underhill. She is also survived by four great-grandchildren, who gave her great joy. She was predeceased by her husband; and her daughter-in-law, Linda.

The family would like to thank Wilma's neighbors in Jonesville for their thoughtful attention, care and kindness over the years.

A funeral service will be held Tuesday, May 15, 2012, at 11 a.m. at the Gifford Funeral Home, 22 Depot St., Richmond. Burial will follow in Riverview Cemetery in Richmond.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to CVAA Meals-on-Wheels, 76 Pearl St., Suite 201, Essex, VT 05452. She so enjoyed all the drivers who volunteered their time and visited with her.
Published in Times Argus on May 14, 2012
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