EAST BARNARD — Memorial services will be held on Saturday, July 12 at 2 p.m. at the East Barnard Church with a reception immediately following at the East Barnard Community Hall for Polly Leavitt, 81, who passed away at home on June 30 surrounded by her loving family.
She was born Pauline Phyllis Kent in Exeter, New Hampshire on Feb. 15, 1933.
Polly spent her childhood in various New Hampshire and Massachusetts towns before moving with her parents, Harold and Eleanor (Colburn) Kent and siblings, to Vermont, living in Pomfret and Barnard, eventually graduating from Woodstock High School.
In 1950 she met the love of her life, Bud Leavitt, at one of the then very popular East Barnard Grange Hall dances. They married on Feb. 18, 1951 in the Woodstock Congregational Church, settled and raised a family in East Barnard village.
Polly helped Bud operate a small Vermont dairy farm in East Barnard until 1960 when Bud switched careers becoming a painter and builder until his partial retirement. In their prime retirement years they enjoyed their winters in Florida and returned home to East Barnard every summer. Polly was always an active member of her community, an avid and talented quilter, and a member of the Delectable Mountain Quilters Guild.
Over her lifetime she created, quilted and helped to tie hundreds of hand made quilts and showed many of her prize winning quilts at the annual Billings Farm and Museum quilting event. One of those quilts, a pattern designed by neighbor and artist Sabra Field, was featured in a Yankee Magazine article and was highlighted as the magazine’s cover photo. Over the years she also made dozens of “hug” pillows to give to patients at Gifford Memorial Hospital, friends and family and was particularly honored when the members of her Quilting Guild showered her with dozens of “hug” pillows that they made to comfort her during her long illness. Nearly all of her quilting and sewing labors were for the benefit of others.
A dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, she will be greatly missed by her many family and friends. She was loved and cherished by all who knew her and was known as “Aunt Polly” to many more than just her nieces and nephews. She was an active member and leader of her community in the Grange and the East Barnard Community Club and the East Barnard Church.
Polly and Bud’s three children have settled and raised their families within walking distance of their long-time family home over looking the village of East Barnard. She is survived by Bud, her husband of 63 years and their three children: son Dan Leavitt and his wife Jill (Belon) Leavitt and grandchildren Katie and Ben, all of East Barnard; son Randy Leavitt and his wife Heather (Maynard) Leavitt, grandson Asa Leavitt and wife Laura (DiCicco) Leavitt, and grandson Simon Leavitt and wife Amber (Finch) Leavitt and great-grandson Calvin, all of East Barnard; daughter Pamylee (Leavitt) Carbino and her husband Francis Carbino of East Barnard, granddaughter Barbara Campbell and husband Chris Campbell and great-granddaughter, Rebecca of Barnard, grandson Brian Carbino and wife Maryann (Roberts) Carbino and great-grandchildren Jacob, Madeline and Alyss of Fayetteville, Arkansas and daughter Heidi Vogt and husband Frank Vogt and great-grandchildren William, Alex and Zoey of East Barnard.
In addition, Polly was pre-deceased by brothers, Harold (Bud) Kent, Alfred Kent, and Raymond Kent, and sisters, Shirley Barrows and Ethelyn (Effie) Praklis. She leaves two sisters Beverly Hawkes of Island Falls, Maine and Mildred (Mille) Grous of Dayville, Connecticut, and one brother, Leonard Kent of Middletown, Connecticut and many in-laws, nieces and nephews.
Polly will be missed by all.
Memorial contributions may be made to the East Barnard Church, Inc., PO Box 525, South Royalton, VT 05068.
This obituary first appeared in the July 3, 2014 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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