HARTFORD — Private burial will be held at the Taftsville Cemetery at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 10 for Janet K. Blood, 95, who died April 25 at her home surrounded by five generations of family and her cat, Trina. A celebration of her life will be held at 3 p.m. at the family farm, 1774 Hillside Road in Hartford. Please come and share your stories.
She was born Sept. 6, 1917, daughter of Elijah Berton and Eva Lena (Perkins) Kibbie in Wilder, the second of two daughters.
She grew up on Honey Brook Farm on Howe Hill and graduated from South Royalton High School.
She worked at the Taftsville Store and later at the Banks Street School in New York City, a leader in Early Education. She worked for the Federal Government as a day care teacher in Bennington during World War II and then as a seamstress at EZ Mills there.
She married Howard Ralph Blood, Sr. and had seven children.
Together they milked about 50 Jersey cows at Highland Homestead Farm on Hillside Road in Hartford. They also sold Collie pups and later raised ponies.
Janet was an avid lifelong learner, reading about and responding to current events. The family had scarlet fever when she was young, was quarantined and had to burn all their books and magazines. After that, she always kept plenty of reading material! She loved books, stones, flowers and gardening, birds, crosswords, cats and kids. She believed people should take care of the Earth and each other.
She was a member of the Hartford Historical Society, the Vermont Historical Society, the Home Demonstration Club, which she called ‘Hen Party,’ and years ago, the Taftsville Grange.
She is survived by a stepson, Fred Murray Blood of Woodstock and a son, Roger D. Blood and wife Merna of Hartford; three daughters, Ellen Janet Everly and Mike of Manlius, New York, Phyllis Lena Salls and Jimmie of White River Jct, and Nancy Jane Blood of Hartford; and lots of grands and greats.
She is predeceased by her husband; two sons, Howard Ralph Blood, Jr. and Thomas Peter Blood; also two step-daughters, Beverly Jean Potwin and Frances Olivia Frink; a daughter Sharon Irene Moore, and a sister Clara Louise Phelps.
Condolences may be expressed to Janet’s family in an online guestbook at www.knightfuneralhomes.com. Knight Funeral Home in White River Junction has been entrusted with arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Thompson Senior Center, 141 Senior Lane, Woodstock, 05091 or the charity of your choice.
This obituary first appeared in the May 8, 2014 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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