LUCILLE BARRETT JARVIS BURLINGTON - A selfless and extraordinary life ended early Thursday morning, Dec. 9, 2010, when Lucille (LuLu) Barrett Jarvis, beloved wife, best friend, and invaluable business partner of her husband, Merrill, passed away after courageously struggling for five months following surgery. She died peacefully at her Burlington home surrounded by members of her devoted family. Mrs. Jarvis' lifelong bonds to her children, her relatives, her friends, and to Vermonters throughout the state leave a towering testimony to her generosity and kindness. Her life began on March 15, 1938, when she was born the second of five children to Ulderic J. and Lillian (Izor) Barrett. LuLu spent her childhood developing a passion for people, an excellent work ethic, and a fierce independence. She understood loyalty and friendship; and thanks to the lessons taught to Lucille by her parents, she grew into a respected and valued member of the community. What was particularly inspiring about those early years was the fact that those who knew Lucille as a youngster remained close to her for the rest of her days. It became a privilege and an honor to enter and to remain a member of her extended family. On Sept. 24, 1956, LuLu married Merrill G. Jarvis, the great love of her life. Together, this inseparable couple created a business world that is the Merrill Theatre Corporation of which she was Vice- President and co-owner. It wasn't just that the Jarvis family brought a great film legacy to our community, but that they did it by catering to the needs and desires of the people they served. In essence, they always gave more than they received. The deeds and contributions of this irreplaceable woman can be found in the people whose lives she touched. Lucille is survived by her husband, Merrill; five children, Merrill G. Jarvis III (and his partner, Madana Makhani), Richard (Cheryl) Jarvis, William (Cheri) Jarvis, Diane Jarvis, and Daniel (Victoria) Jarvis. LuLu was also blessed when it came to her siblings, Theresa Greenough, Mary Jane (Lawrence) Major, John (Barbara) Barrett, George (Stephanie) Barrett, and James (Roberta) Barrett. In addition, this beautiful and thoughtful woman had the joy of having 12 grand- children and four great- grandchildren. Adding still further to her happiness were four brothers-in-law, James Jarvis, George (Patricia) Jarvis, Steven (Nancy) Jarvis, and Timothy McCarvell. Lucille found pleasure as well from her sisters-in-law, Maureen Companion and Melanie McCarvell. Space does not permit the names of her countless and treasured nieces, nephews, and Godchildren. LuLu was predeceased by her parents. At Lucille's request, there will be no calling hours. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, Dec. 11 at 11 a.m. at St. Jude's Church on Route 116 in Hinesburg. Pallbearers will be Lucille's grandsons, William, Eric, Joshua, and Alex. In lieu of flowers, you may send donations in Lucille's name to St. Jude's Parish, 10759 RT. 116, Hinesburg, VT 05461. The Jarvis family wishes to thank Louise Brown for all she did for their family. Private graveside service will be held at the convenience of her family at a later date. Assisting her family is the Ready Funeral Service, South Chapel, 261 Shelburne Road. To send online condolences, please visit www.readyfuneral.com.
Published by The Burlington Free Press on Dec. 10, 2010.