Erin S. Parmenter
Erin Shea Parmenter, 53, of Essex Junction, peacefully passed away on Monday, Nov. 16 in her home surrounded by her family following a brave battle with cancer.
Erin was born on Sept. 11, 1962 in Bennington, the daughter of James Shea, M.D. and Jean Pearce Shea.
She graduated from the University of Vermont with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1984. On Aug. 27, 1988, she was married to Bruce K. Parmenter in Bennington. She worked for the Essex Junction school district for several years as a substitute teacher and was currently employed at Lake Champlain Chocolates, but her favorite job was being a mother.
Erin enjoyed spending time in the sunshine, especially at the beach, with her family and a good book. Erin spoiled her kids rotten and firmly believed laughter was the best medicine. She was always known for doing anything and everything to make her loved ones feel special, whether it be sending over-the-top care packages, making favorite foods, or taking her kids out of school to go skiing. Erin’s house had an open door policy to all, and the walls were filled with family pictures, memories and artwork from her kids throughout the years.
She had a special relationship with her sister Lauren, known as Noonie to the family, from the day they were children, where Erin played both protector and antagonist. Even to this day, Erin never fails to be Noonie’s inspiration and hero. Our favorite part of the week was Sunday night dinner where no conversation was off limits and we laughed until we cried.
Erin and her husband, Bruce, shared a marriage of almost 30 years that painted a vivid picture of how much love and compassion they shared for each other. A marriage that their four children wish to emulate in the future. Throughout Erin’s courageous battle, Bruce showed the power of their bond by never leaving her side and being a pillar of strength in this difficult time. She and Bruce raised four incredible children with lives filled with motivation, laughter and unconditional love.
She is survived by her devoted husband, Bruce, their four amazing children — Ben, along with his girlfriend Krissa Bean, Abby, Mary and Laura — her mother, Jean Shea, her mother-in-law Barbara Parmenter, her loving sister Lauren “Noonie” Shea and her wife Paula Miner, M.D., her sister, Sharon Shea Keneally and her husband Jerry Keneally, her brothers, Michael J. Shea and James S. Shea Jr., several aunts, uncles, inlaws, nieces, nephews, and many, many supportive friends
She was predeceased by her father, James S. Shea M.D. and father-in-law Walt Parmenter.
A celebration of Erin’s life will be held on Friday, Nov. 27 at 2 p.m. at the Catamount Country Club in Williston. Please wear bright colors and a smile in memory of Erin.
In lieu of flowers, please send memorial contributions to VNA/Hospice of the Champlain Valley, 1110 Prim Road, Colchester, VT 05446.