PLYMOUTH — Katherine Purinton Tuttle, 89, died at home in Plymouth on April 8.
Katherine Abbott Rowley was born Aug. 4, 1924, in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, daughter of Helen A. Batcheller and Leonard W. Rowley, formerly of East Douglas, Massachusetts. She was the younger sister of Leonard Jr. and Robert. Her father died when she was 12.
“Kitty” attended Newton Centre, Massachusetts, grammar schools, Dana Hall School, and Middlebury College, earning a bachelor’s degree in English.
In 1948, “Kathy” married Charles Purinton, who predeceased her in 1981. They raised five children in Middlebury, Connecticut, and Newfane, Vermont.
Charles Jr., Chris, Randy, Nick and Amanda (Howe) survive her, as well as their spouses, her 12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She is also survived by nieces and nephews.
Kathy married C. Dinsmore Tuttle in November 1986, and they lived in Inverness, Florida, and Plymouth. Dinsmore predeceased her in 2001.
Kathy was an artist in oils and watercolor painting, a dynamic piano player of traditional hymns, a voracious reader, a patient and loving wife and mother. She supported Charley as he managed the Maple Valley Ski Area for 12 years, and was town clerk and librarian in Newfane for several years.
She was an active member of Congregational churches (now the United Church of Christ) in Middlebury, Newfane and Tyson village, Plymouth.
This obituary first appeared in the May 8, 2014 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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