December 20, 1930 - October 15, 2013

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JENSEN, PATRICIA BATCHELDER, 82, of Barre Town, died October 15, at Central Vermont Medical Center. Her family had been at her bedside. She had been a resident at the Woodridge Nursing Home since 2009. Born in Plainfield on December 20, 1930, she was the daughter of Fred T. and Ida (Willard) Batchelder. Pat was the only student in her class for eight years in the one-room school on the Gonyea Road, and graduated from Plainfield High School in 1948. On October 23, 1955, she married Richard N. Jensen in Grace Methodist Church in Plainfield. They made their home in Montpelier and since 1965, at their present residence on Balsam Drive. Soon, they would have celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary. Following her graduation, she worked for the Vermont Farm Bureau in Montpelier and worked in Gov. Robert Stafford’s office, as well as several other state offices, also in Montpelier. In 1965, she retired to raise her family and be a housewife. In 1978, Gov. Richard Snelling appointed her a side judge in Washington County and she was reelected to this office, retiring after 21 years of service in 1999. She enjoyed reading, crafts, holiday decorating and collecting teapots. Her memberships included the Grace United Methodist Church in Plainfield, the Altrusa Club, Barre Town justice of the peace, the Barre Town and Washington County Republican committees and the Central Vermont hospital Gift Shop and hospital Benefit Shop volunteers. Besides her husband, “Dick,” she leaves her son, Charles Jensen and wife, Christine, and two grandchildren, all of Woodbury; her sister-in-law, Sandra Batchelder of Barre Town; her aunt, Viola Willard, of the East Barre Road; and nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents and her brother, Robert Batchelder.

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