• Esther M. Reed
    November 12,2012

    Esther M. Reed

    WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Esther M. Reed, 79, passed peacefully on Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, with her family gathered around her at the Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin, from complications of pneumonia. She had also dealt with several years of Alzheimer’s dementia.

    Esther was born on March 10, 1933, in Fletcher. She was the second of five children born to Fred B. Green Sr. and Doris (Ducharme) Green. Esther was predeceased by her parents; two siblings, Emma (Green) Dennison and Maxwell G. Green; a son, Gordon Carl Downing; and one great-granddaughter, Whitney Howe.

    Esther is survived by her husband, Herbert G. Kennedy of White River Junction; her son and daughter-in-law, Roger and Linda Downing of Pittsburgh, Pa. (formerly of South Royalton); her stepchildren, Dale K. Post, Ann Kennedy, Dean Kennedy and Denis Kennedy; 23 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

    A calling hour will be held at noon on Monday, Nov. 12, 2012, at the Boardway & Cilley Funeral Home, 300 Vt. Route 110 in Chelsea, and the funeral service will follow at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Sam Newton officiating. The burial will be held in the Hunt Cemetery in North Tunbridge following the service.

    Heartfelt thanks and appreciation are extended to the many staff members and personnel who cared for Esther during her brief stay at Woodridge Nursing Home and Central Vermont Medical Center. The kindness, care and compassion went beyond measure.

    Memorial donations may be given to the Ladies Auxiliary, VFW, White River Junction, VT 05001.

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