Millicent Bushnell Obituary

June 25, 2013

in News,Obituaries

HANCOCK — Private burial will be at the Hall Burial ground in Woodstock at the convenience of the family for Millicent Page Bushnell, 92, who died June 23, at Johnson’s Care Home in Hancock. At Milli’s request, there will be no calling hours.
She was born Sept. 1, 1920 in Fitchburg, Mass.
Milli, the daughter of Christine Fyfe Dempsey Page and Leonard Page, spent her youth in the Warren, Mass. area and moved, with her family, to Brattleboro in 1938, her senior year of high school. After graduating from high school she was employed by Jason E. Bushnell in the Bushnell Family Grocery business.
She married J. Paul Bushnell in 1941 and, after his military service in World War II, formed a partnership for the family business, which lasted 25 years, until the business was sold in 1971, and Paul and Millicent retired.
They moved to Woodstock in answer to an SOS from a general store damaged by fire. They accepted a temporary managerial position at F.H. Gillingham and Sons. twenty years later, Millicent retired (again) from her association with Gillingham’s.
During her Brattleboro years she was active in the Women’s Evening Club, Women’s Evening Club bowling league, the Elks ladies bowling group and the Spofford Yacht Club. She held offices in these various organizations and assisted her husband with indoor and outdoor catering; lakeside and mountaintop.
She was a long time member of the Hartford Emblem Club # 150 where she served as president. She was past president of the Vermont State Association of Emblem Clubs and held various offices at the national level of Emblem Club. She was instrumental in establishing a scholarship program for both the Hartford Emblem Club and the Vermont Grocer’s Association.
For many years she served as a Director of the Vermont Grocers’ Association; in 1986 becoming that Association’s first woman to be elected to Chairman of the Board. She also served as a Director of the Associated Grocer’s of New England, a cooperative wholesale grocery business. During her tenure as Chairman of the Vermont Grocer’s Association, she was honored with the “Spirit of America” Award, presented by the National Grocer’s Association. She also received the “Carl Smith Memorial” Award for excellence in service to her fellow members.
She is survived by one brother, Malcolm of Shalimar, Fla. son Russell and his wife, Susan of Rochester, son Ronald and his wife, Mary of Johnson; one granddaughter, Holli Bushnell of Great Barrington, Mass. and various nieces and nephews and their spouses and families. She is also survived by a blended family of Arrisons who remained dear to her; Tom’s sons, daughters and their children and grandchildren.
Millicent was predeceased by her parents, a brother, Ernest; her husband, J. Paul Bushnell in 1974, her long-time companion, Thomas Arrison in 1988, and by one of Thomas’ daughters.
A special thank you to the residents and staff at Johnson’s Care Home and Bayada Hospice who provided exceptional, compassionate and loving company and care for Milli for the last 21 months.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hartford Emblem Club #150 Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 68, Hartford, VT 05047.
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This obituary first appeared in the June 27, 2013 print edition of the Vermont Standard.

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