RUTLAND — A celebration of life will be held later in the summer for Mildred “Milly” Blanche Wardwell (née Barber) who died June 7 at The Pines, Rutland.
Milly was born in Cavendish, on Dec. 22, 1922, the second daughter of Clifford and Lazelle Paul Barber.
She graduated from Black River Academy in Ludlow in 1941. Until last year she attended every class reunion since graduation.
Milly worked at the Chance Vought aircraft plant in Bridgeport, Connecticut during World War II.
She returned to Vermont where her heart was and married Mason Wardwell in 1947. They lived in West Bridgewater, where Mason ran the family sawmill on Wardwell Road, later moving to Post Road. Their children, Frank Clifford Wardwell and Gayla Wardwell were born in Rutland in 1948 and 1952.
Milly worked at various times at a bookbindery, in the hospitality industry, and in the Vermont Council on Aging.
She was patient, kind, loving, generous in spirit. Her quiet strength was a blessing to her family and friends. She had a smile that lit up the world.
Milly’s interests included family history, artistic endeavors crossword puzzles and travel. A highlight of her life was a trip to Ireland in 2007 with two of her sisters, Vi and Jean, and a niece Mary Ann. She enjoyed going out to lunch at Seward’s with her sister and brother-in-law Betty and Ernest Hakey. She shared a special bond with her brother George and his wife Carol.
Survivors include her son, Frank, of Rutland; daughter, Gayla, of Oregon, her grandson, Mason (Lynn); her great-grandson, Chase, of Rutland. Also surviving are her sisters, Ester Bennington of Ontario, Violet Hudder of Connecticut, Jean Jeffers of California, Betty Hakey of Virginia; a brother George Barber (Carol) of Waterbury; a special niece, Joyce Phillips of Bridgewater; and a grandniece, Pam Pinney of Rutland; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Milly’s husband, Mason, died in 2004. She was also predeceased by a sister, Lettie Robinson and a brother, Victor Barber.
Arrangements are with Aldous Funeral Home in Rutland.
God speed, Milly!
This obituary first appeared in the June 19, 2014 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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