NORTH HARTLAND — A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Sat., July 5 at 10 a.m. at St Anthony’s Church in White River Junction for Vivian Babbie Bement, who died June 26 at her home in North Hartland, attended by her son and grandson who cared for her during her last illness. Those wishing to pay respects and extend condolences are invited to join the family at Knight Funeral Home in White River Junction on Saturday from 9-9:30 a.m. before the service. Committal will be on Monday, July 7 at 11:30 a.m. in the village cemetery in Hartland.
Vivian was born on Sept. 27, 1924, daughter of Alfred and Hazel (Rushlow) Babbie in Mooers, New York, the third of seven children. The family subsequently moved to Champlain, New York, where she and her siblings spent their childhood.
Vivian graduated from St. Mary’s Academy in Rouses Point, New York in 1942. She attended nursing school at Champlain Valley Hospital (now Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital) in Plattsburgh, New York, graduating as a Registered Nurse. She also worked in Malone, New York, before moving to White River Jct., in the late 40’s to take a nursing position with the Veteran’s Administration Hospital.
While working at the VA hospital she met her future husband, William Russell Bement. They were married Feb. 3, 1951, in her hometown of Champlain, New York, returning to live with her in-laws in North Hartland. They had one child, William Jay Bement, born in 1953. The family was later blessed with two grandchildren, Jenna and Jason, born to William Jay and Linda (Smith) Bement.
Vivian was well liked and respected by her patients and co-workers at the VA hospital. She was a hard worker and very conscientious in the performance of her duties. She finished her 33-year career serving as Infection Control coordinator. After her retirement, Vivian continued to nurse her family, especially those needing end-of-life care.
She was an active and faithful communicant at Saint Anthony Catholic Church in White River Jct. for over 46 years. She helped at community club events in town and served with the American Legion Auxiliary, of Legion Post 48 Hartland.
She is survived by her son, William Jay; her grandchildren, Jenna Bement Thompson and Jason Bement; her sister, Agatha Dubois of Perry’s Mills, New York; her brother, Wendell Babbie of Candler, North Carolina; and numerous nieces and nephews and their children.
Vivian was predeceased by her husband, William of 57 years; by three brothers, Alfred “Sonny” Babbie Jr. of Champlain, Gerald Babbie of Plattsburgh, New York, and James Babbie of Keeseville, New York; and two sisters, Irene Roberts of Massena, New York and Lila Styles on Champlain, New York.
Those wishing to honor Vivian’s memory are encouraged to make a donation in her memory to their favorite charity. The Bement family extends our heart-felt thanks to the wonderful people from Bayada Healthcare who guided us through Vivian’s last journey.
Condolences may be made to Vivian’s family in an online guestbook at www.knightfuneralhomes.com.
This obituary first appeared in the July 3, 2014 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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