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BISSON, RUTH CHRISTINE FARNHAM, 90
BISSON, RUTH CHRISTINE FARNHAM, 90, of Barre Town, joined her husband, Rosaire, in heaven on their wedding anniversary, December 29. She died peacefully at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Diane and David Stonecliffe, with her family by her side. Ruth was born in Orange on July 24, 1922, the daughter of Roswell and Linnie (Curtis) Farnham. She enjoyed growing up on the "old farm" and attending Orange Village School. During her teenage years, she began studying the Catholic religion. By her 18th birthday, she had received the sacraments of baptism, First Communion and confirmation in St. Monica Catholic Church in Barre. She was a member of the Sodality of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Ruth married Rosaire Bisson on Dec. 29, 1945, in St. Monica Catholic Church. They made their home in Washington. A few times a month, they would travel to Plainfield to visit Rosaire's family, passing the four corners on Trow Hill. The two would dream of buying land and building a store there. In 1955, they purchased a corner lot and in the fall of 1960 opened the Trow Hill Grocery Store. Later, they bought a camp on Woodbury Lake and spent happy times there with family and friends. She also loved playing cards. Rosaire passed away Nov. 11, 1981. Since 1985, the store has been owned and operated by Ruth's son Edward and his wife, Margaret. In earlier years, Ruth was a member of the Trow Hill Grange, American Legion Post 10 Auxiliary of Barre, and the Woodbury Lake Assoc. Her family was most important to her, and she enjoyed time spent with her children and grandchildren. Ruth is survived by her nine children, Rosaire Bisson Jr. and wife, Marilyn, of South Barre, Diane Stonecliffe and husband, David, of Barre Town, Michael Bisson and wife, Karen, of Sterling, Mass., Donald Bisson and wife, Cynthia, of Manchester, N.H., Janet Jenkins and husband, Robert, of Columbus, Ga., Thomas Bisson and close friend Connie Leach, of Middlebury, Annette Rossi and husband, Vittorio, of Barre, Edward Bisson and wife, Margaret, of Barre, and Robert Bisson and fiancée, Lisa Kinley Davis, of Columbus, Ohio; 28 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren; three sisters, Mabel Swift and husband, Richard, of Barre Town, Irene Nadeau and husband, Sheldon, of South Barre, and Emma Gingras, of Washington; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by seven sisters, Ethel McKee, Edith Vermette, Gladys Freeman, Ada Peterson, Marion Carrier and infants Esther and Lillian Farnham; four brothers, George, Merton, Allen and Wayne Farnham; and two daughters-in-law, Susan (Cross) Bisson and Shawn (Gale) Bisson.
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