A private viewing was held at Cabot Funeral Home on March 19 for family and friends of Anne Burt Woolard who died peacefully at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Hospital on March 17.
Anne was born Anne Whiting Britt on Feb. 15, 1928 in St. Louis, Mis. She was legally adopted by her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Arretus Burt after her parent’s divorce but throughout her early life remained in her mother’s care, following her as she pursued a career in business. Anne was educated at private schools in California, Washington, D.C., and in New England. She graduated from Pine Manor College, Wellesley, Mass. in 1945 and subsequently attended La Magna College in Lausanne, Switzerland while her mother was employed with the European Exchange System.
Anne met and married her husband, then Lt. Reg Woolard, while he was serving in the U.S. Army in Germany. They were married in December 1948, in a military ceremony in Bad Nauheim, Germany. They followed the usual path of career officers being stationed in California, Colorado, Georgia, Kansas and many years in Washington, D.C. as well as assignments back in Germany. They retired to Woodstock in 1986, having chosen it for its beauty and civility.
A private person, Anne’s interests centered on her husband, children and grandchildren to whom she passed the qualities of dignity, good manners and intellectual curiosity. She loved travelling and returned to Europe each year with her husband Reg and family members to ski and to hike the Swiss Alps. An avid reader of biographies, history and travel literature, she loved classical music. Anne was a woman of uncompromising principles and will be missed keenly by a family who loved her deeply.
She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Colonel Reg Woolard of Woodstock; two sons and a daughter, Cmdr. Reginald Woolard II, U.S. Navy (Ret) of Alexandria, Vir. Guthrie Woolard of Wilton, Conn. and Martha Birrell of Topeka, Kan.; and four grandchildren.
Charitable donations in her honor may be sent to Doctors Without Borders, P.O. Box 5030, Hagerstown, Md 21741-5030.
This obituary first appeared in the March 27, 2014 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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