January 4, 1938 - November 15, 2013

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ORMSBEE, MARGARET JEAN, 75, of East Montpelier, died unexpectedly at her home on November 15. She was born Jan. 4, 1938, in Montpelier, the daughter of Patrick and Julia (Henry) Flannery. She attended Catholic schools and graduated from St. Michael’s High School in 1956. On June 18, 1960, she married Richard Lea Ormsbee at St. Augustine Church in Montpelier. He predeceased her on Oct. 26, 1994. For many years she worked as a teller at the Vermont National Bank in Montpelier. She retired in 1990. She loved animals, and over the years that she lived in East Montpelier, she took in dozens of stray cats. Jean loved birds as well, hummingbirds in particular, and spent many years filling feeders for the residents at Woodridge Senior Center in Berlin. As a gifted artist, Jean’s favorite subjects were Vermont’s beautiful landscapes and wildlife. Jean had that infectious Irish charm and could tell stories like no other. Her favorite topics were about humorous events involving family members, close friends and pets. Survivors include her daughters, Deborah Ormsbee and husband, Thomas Jordan, of Jeffersonville, and Linda Ormsbee, of East Montpelier; brother John Flannery and wife, Sandra, of East Montpelier; and three grandchildren. She was predeceased by a son, Richard Patrick Ormsbee, in August 1975.

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