September 5, 1919 - October 13, 2013
Obituaries » ARDYS R. ELDRED
ELDRED, ARDYS RUTH CANE, 94, passed away on October 13 in Northfield, where she resided at Mayo Manor along with her husband, Alvin Roy Eldred, until he passed away on Oct. 25, 2011. Ardys was born on Sept. 5, 1919, to Blanche S. Darby and John Leon Cane, of Worcester. Ardys lost her mother at the age of three and thereafter was raised by her grandparents James F. Darby and Nettie E. Utton. She lost her sister Vera Cane Graves many years ago, which left her with one remaining sister, Blanche Darby Cane Ericson, who lives in Florida surrounded by her family. Ardys and Alvin were married on Dec. 25, 1936, and never left each other’s side for 75 years. During their time together, Mom assisted Dad in every business venture and adventure they wished to undertake – raising four children on a farm, creating Eldred’s Trucking (where Mom handled all the book work) – all while Dad also worked for the U.S. Postal Service. Their lives were busy but never too busy to “stop and smell the roses” and enjoy bringing up their children: Robert Eldred (Carol), of Florida, Gary Eldred (Ruth), of South Hero, Steve Eldred (Louise), of Walden, and Linda Eldred Alexander (Larry), of Middlesex. After retiring from the postal service, they sold their house on Upper Elm Street in Montpelier and went to Middlesex, where they built a small house and were neighbors to Linda, their daughter. They traveled across the U.S. and to Alaska, finally boarded an airplane and flew off to Florida and Montana. They also kept up with old friends and enjoyed their many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.