WILLIAMSTOWN - Julie Ann Thayer, 66, of Palmer Road passed away Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011, at her home after a four-year battle with cancer. A sixth-generation Vermonter, Julie was born in Burlington on March 8, 1945. She attended Hanover High School in Hanover, N.H., graduating in 1963 - Brown University (Pembroke College) for her Bachelor of Arts and Yale University for her master's.
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She married Charles Thayer, of Springfield, and taught school in New Haven, Conn., while her husband finished his doctorate at Yale. They moved to Pennsylvania in 1971, where Julie raised thoroughbred horses while Charles joined the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania. Ms. Thayer returned to Vermont in 1993. Her children attended Burr and Burton Academy while Julie worked at Stratton Mountain. In 1997, they moved to St. Johnsbury, where she substituted and taught until 1999, when she moved to Williamstown, teaching at Northfield. More recently she was a field representative for the Census Bureau until 2009, a lister in Williamstown, justice of the peace, and served on the cemetery committee until chemotherapy made that too difficult. While confined, Julie wrote and published two historical novels.
Part of a large, close family, she is survived by son Charles Donald Thayer, of Williamstown; daughter Heather Marie Thayer, of Bar Harbor, Maine; mother Wilma Potter Keller; brothers Naval Air CMC Jon Charles, his wife, Gloria, and family, and Michael Wayne Jewett, his wife, Laurie, and family; her stepbrother, Dr. Robert Bach Keller, with wife Marie and family; many aunts, uncles and many, many cousins.
Julie Ann worked tirelessly for a more democratic America. She was deeply loved by family and friends and will be sadly missed.
A memorial service will be held at the United Federated Church in Williamstown, Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011, at 2 p.m. There will be no calling hours.
In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to the Central Vermont Humane Society, P.O. Box 687, Montpelier, VT 05601-0687.
The Pruneau-Polli Funeral Home of 58 Summer St., Barre is assisting the family with the arrangements.
Published in Times Argus on Dec. 10, 2011