WHITE RIVER JCT. — A funeral service for Mary E. Tardie, 85, who died surrounded by her family on June 17, 2912 at her home in White River Jct., will be held today (Thursday, June 21) at 11 a.m. at the Knight Funeral Home in White River Jct., burial will follow in the West Lebanon Cemetery.
Mary was born a daughter of Arthur and Susan (Boyd) Longley on Oct. 26, 1926 in Rutland. At a young age her family purchased a farm in Pomfret. Mary worked on the farm until beginning her career in the grocery business Mary became an Avon Lady, selling Avon products for over 35 years.
She was married to Rodney Tardie in 1958 in Canaan, N.H. They made their home in Wilder for several years and have lived in their home in White River Jct. for the past five decades. While in Wilder, Mary had large vegetable and flower gardens. Later in life she enjoyed making crafts and baking for her family and friends.
Survivors include her husband of 53 years, Rodney of White River Jct.; two sons, Adrian Tardie and his wife, Paula of Wilder and Vernon Clifford and his wife, Tina of Pomfret; a daughter, Elizabeth Johnson Sheffield and her husband, Douglas of Salt Lake City, Utah; six grandchildren, Christopher and Charlie Johnson, Tadd Tardie and Nathan, Shane and Amber Clifford; several great grandchildren; and 10 brothers and sisters, Sam Longley, Anna Forest, Beatrice Robinson, Neola Clay, Howell Longley, Loretta Earl, Fostina Barrett, Layton Longley, Raymond Longley and Bonnie Drop; as well as many nieces and nephews.
Mary was predeceased by a grandson, Oak Clifford.
Condolences may be expressed to her family in an online guest book at www.knightfuneralhomes.com
This obituary first appeared in the June 21, 2012 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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