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Obit George F. Larrabee Jr.

Kathleen June (Mcnally) Martin

WILLISTON — In her 92nd year of indomitable spirit and enjoyment of life, Kathleen (Kay) Martin passed away in peace in the Vermont Respite House on June 18, 2014, with her family by her side. Kay was born and educated in Burlington. In 1944 she completed her studies as a registered nurse at the Fanny Allen School of Nursing. On Sept. 2, 1944, Kay married the love of her life, Ernie Martin, Jr. while he was home on a brief leave during WW II. Together they made their home in Essex Jct. where Ernie was born, and forged a rich partnership and marriage, which lasted for more than 60 years until his death in 2005.

Kay’s fortitude and rock-solid faith saw her through untold personal challenges, joys, sorrows, and sheer hard work. She had a truly generous and kind heart, and gave freely of her time and energy to others.  She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who experienced immense pleasure in the lives and accomplishments of her family. She was the conduit through which all family news and happenings travelled, and we valued deeply her role as the cornerstone of our family. We will miss her beyond words, and strive to carry the example of her life with us always.

Kay is survived by her four sons and their families: Ernie Martin, III, and his wife, Linda, of Williston, Vt.; Christopher Martin and his wife, Bette, of Ocoee, Fla., and their two sons, Scott Martin and his wife, Renee, of Ocoee, Fla., and Jon Martin and his wife, Michelle, of South Portland, Maine; Dr. Jeffrey Martin and his partner, Dr. Robert Smith, and their two daughters, Elyse and Taryn Martin-Smith, all of Charlotte, Vt.; and Thomas Martin and his wife, Kimberly, and their two children, Kaylie and Ben, all of Allardt, Tenn. The family wishes to express our deepest gratitude to Dr. Patricia Whitney, Dr. Karen Sokol, and the entire Staff of the Vermont Respite House, for their extra-ordinary care, availability, and emotional support, given not only to Kay but also to each of us.

At Kay’s request, a graveside service took place on Monday, June 23, at the Mountain View Cemetery in Essex Junction.  Arrangements were under the direction of the A.W. Rich Funeral Home. For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the Vermont Respite House, 99 Allen Brook Lane, Williston, VT. 05495.

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George F. Larrabee Jr.

ESSEX CENTER — George F. Larrabee Jr. 87 of Indian Brook Road in  Essex Center passed away on Friday, June 6, 2014 in St. Augustine, Fla. after a short illness.  George was born on Dec. 13, 1926 in Lynn, Mass. the son of Nellie (Babbitt) and George F. Larrabee Sr.  He grew up and was educated in Swapscott, Mass. George was married to Lucile (Dulac) on April 15, 1950.

George worked many years for Eastern Breeders Inc., retired from Stanford Seed Company and worked part time for Agway in Colchester and Essex Junction.

George is survived by his beloved wife of 64 years Lucile, his sister Carolyn Desmarais of Clearwater, Fla. and his three children: daughter Marguerite Hill and husband Richard, son George E. Larrabee and wife Marie, daughter Jeanette Pelkey and husband Lester.  He also leaves behind seven grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

A Mass was celebrated at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 21, 2014 at St. Lawrence Church located at 158 West Street, Essex Junction.  There was no public calling.

The family asks that donations be made to the UVM Extension Fund at the UVM Foundation, 411 Grasse Mount, Burlington, VT 05401 or Vermont FFA Association, 4351 Crown Point Road, Bridport, VT 05734.