August 3, 1915 – December 30, 2013
Obituaries » BERNICE S. WHITE
WHITE, BERNICE SARAH, 98, a lifelong resident of Waterbury Center, passed away in the comfort of her family on December 30. Born in Little River in Waterbury on Aug. 3, 1915, she was the daughter of the late Bert E. and Phebe M. (Dalley) Downing. Bernice was previously married to Ermont Lawrence. On July 6, 1936, she married Gordon H. White in Woodsville, N.H. Gordon predeceased Bernice on July 1, 1987. Bernice started school at Little River in Waterbury. After her parents sold their farm due to the construction of the flood control dam and purchased the Marble Farm in Duxbury, she attended the Red School on Duxbury Hill. She later attended Waterbury High School. Her father died suddenly while she was in high school so she left her studies to help save the family farm. Following her marriage, Bernice was not only busy and happy as a homemaker and raising her family, she also worked as a housekeeper for many Waterbury area families. She later was employed at the Colby Nursing Home in Waterbury, later worked for Lloyd and Guila Squier as a housekeeper, as well as for Squier Maple Products, and then retired in 1978 from Ladd Hall at the Vermont State Hospital. Bernice was a member of the Waterbury Center Community Church and Ladies Aide, the Waterbury Area Senior Citizens, Waterbury Grange #237, the 88 Card Club, the Waterbury Ambulance Service, the Waterbury Historical Society and Emerald Rebekah Lodge #33. In her leisure time, she enjoyed gardening and tending to her plants and flowers. Bernice is mourned and loved by her children, Mary White of Montpelier, Margaret Corriveau and husband, Earl, of New Smyrna, Fla., Theresa King and husband, James, of Waterbury, Gloria Mayo of Montpelier, Richard White and wife, Anne, of Waterbury Center, Berton White and wife, Patricia, of Ascutney, David White and wife, Jane, of Barre; 19 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren and 12 great-great-grandchildren; as well as nieces, nephews and extended family. Bernice was predeceased by her daughter, Ermona Austin; her sister, Blanche DeCelle; and a nephew, Robert DeCelle.