Jean Grout Obituary, 79

RANDOLPH – Burial will be at a later date at the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph Center for Jean M. Grout who died May 10 at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston after a sudden illness.
She was born August 31, 1937 in Boston, MA, the daughter of Michael and Helena (Purpura) Perrone. She was raised in Quincy, MA and attended Tufts University, Vermont College, Castleton State College, and University of Vermont. Jean had lived in East Granville, VT until moving to Randolph in 1974. She was a nurse and educator and worked at Gifford Medical Center from 1965-1973, then as school nurse for Braintree and Brookfield until 1980, then taught health careers Randolph Area Vocational Center until 1996
She was married to Freeman Grout on Feb. 22, 1974 in Randolph. They wintered in Nokomis, FL. Jean was a member and doll show judge for the United Federation of Doll Clubs (UFDC), and a member of Green Mountain Doll Club, Belles and Beaux Doll Club in Florida, and Doll Collectors of America. She was a writer for “Doll News” Magazine, and past regional director of Region 15 UFDC. She received the 1993 Vermont Outstanding Teacher award. She enjoyed doll collecting and doll research and was co-founder, CEO (Chief Entertainment Officer) and camp director of “Grandkids Camp”.
Survivors include her husband Freeman Grout of Randolph; sons, Daryl Grout of Randolph and Brooklyn, NY, Jeffrey Grout of Tempe, AZ, John Grout of Plainfield, NH, Charles “Chip” Bacon of Randolph, Steven Bacon of Battle Ground, WA, and Michael Bacon of Venice, FL; daughters, Cheryl Kissel and Dede Tracy of Randolph, and Diane Terry of Hinesburg, VT; 21 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her beloved brother Gerard Perrone.
Contributions in her memory may be made to your local food shelf or charity of your choice.
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This obituary will also appear in the May 18, 2017 edition of the Vermont Standard.

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  1. I send my heart-felt sympathy to the family and friends of Jean Grout. I didn’t know Jean for long, or very well, and yet her warmth and humor were such that I felt a great loss when I heard of her passing. Knowing her was one of the highlights of my life! No one was funnier, or kinder, or harder-working than Jean, and she could cut the humor and come down to earth in a heartbeat, when there was a medical emergency. She is the only person I ever knew that ran summer camp, called Grandkids Camp, for all her grandchildren over the age of 4 for several years. The kids came from all over the country to camp out and have fun with Grandma at Grandkids Camp for a week each summer. As the clan grew, she employed older grandkids as counselors to help with the younger ones. If they couldn’t be had, she corralled local teens to help. Her ideas were original and usually hilarious. She cheered up guards at museums with her Joke of the Day, and found ways to make everyone laugh until it was time to stop laughing and be serious. I love you, Jean. You will be missed by me and a legion of friends, and most of all by, perhaps, by Freeman. My thoughts are with you, Free. You are amazing, too. But quieter! Love to all, Ann Chandler

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