SOUTH ROYALTON — Funeral services were held Jan. 12 at the United Church of South Royalton for Barbara S. Pettengill, 93, who died Jan. 9, at her home in South Royalton. Rev. Joshua Moore and Pastor Andrew Mercaldo officiated. Burial will be private in the Pine Hill Cemetery in Sharon.
She was born on Oct. 18, 1920, in Sharon, the daughter of Clifton and Lucy (Preston) Brown.
Barbara grew up on her family’s dairy farm and attended school at the Broad Brook one-room schoolhouse in Sharon. She attended South Royalton High School where she graduated in 1938. After her graduation, she enrolled in Gifford School of Nursing in Randolph, graduated in 1940 and worked for a short time as a Registered Nurse at Gifford Hospital and later at the Windsor Hospital in Windsor.
On Dec. 25, 1941, she married Arthur G. Pettengill of Sharon.
They lived in Alabama while Arthur was in the service and moved to Waterbury Center in 1945. In 1960, they made their home in South Royalton.
Barbara was an avid supporter of her children’s activities, especially their sports. She was an advocate for girls sports and was their number one fan. She volunteered for many years at well child clinics and blood drawings.
For over 30 years Barbara and her husband Arthur spent winters in St. Cloud, Fla.
She was a member of the United Church of South Royalton, South Royalton Home Dem Club, United Church Women (since 1960), Rising Sun Chapter of the Eastern Star and the regional treasurer for the Salvation Army. She enjoyed spending time with her family, knitting, quilting, vegetable gardening and canning, playing cards and shuffleboard with her neighbors.
She is survived by a son, Arthur H. Pettengill and his wife, Helen of Chiefland, Fla.; two daughters, Jean Adams and her husband, Steve of Hartland and Jane Huppee and her husband, Jerry of Tunbridge; five grandsons; five great-grandchildren; a sister, Beverly Tucker of Berlin; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
She was predeceased by her husband, Arthur G. Pettengill on Sept. 8, 2006; a brother, Donald Brown; and two sisters, Virginia White and Dorothy Neill.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Visiting Nurse and Hospice of VT and N.H., 66 Benning Street, Suite 6, West Lebanon, N.H. 03784-3407.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Boardway and Cilley Funeral Home in Chelsea. A private message of sympathy for the family can be shared at www.boardwayandcilley.com.
This obituary first appeared in the January 16, 2014 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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