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Robin Barton

Robin Barton was born in May of 1956 in Virginia Beach, Virginia and died a couple of days ago at the Dartmouth New Hampshire Palliative Care Facility after putting up a gallant battle against diabetes and its complications. Never one to complain, she faced this horrific disease until her body could no longer endure this hardship. All that knew her found her to be a remarkable lady full of love and compassion, and I, as well as family and friends, miss her dearly.

As I awaited the eventual passing of Robin I tried to understand why the world wasn’t transfixed on the significance of such a monumental event. Do they not feel the encroaching sorrow that will soon be upon us? Are they not privy to what’s happening? Did she not touch all who were lucky enough to know her? I feel sorrow for their loss, and eternally grateful for being her chosen one.

“Woman,” was my pet name for this lovely creature, and it paid tribute to her; she was always such a lady and defender of family values and children. She gave freely to the Shriner’s Hospital and the Central Vermont Animal Shelter, and over the years cared for and cherished her numerous small dogs. These little bundles of joy were her constant companions, and brought joy to her life. This joy, as great as it was, was only a distant challenge compared to her son Chandler and his children; she always made it a point to send them a birthday or Christmas present. If times were tight, they could as a minimum expect some of her fabulous cookies. While at this time I may have led you to believe they were her whole world, we must acknowledge her mother, brother and his wife, brother-in-law, and all nieces and nephews who were also at the core of her happiness. My family thought the world of her, and she was always a loving significant figure in their lives. When possible she was in contact with all of them and took great pleasure to know they were well and listened intensely to their days’ undertakings.

Robin loved her numerous gardens, her home, plants, and gifts from family and friends. Robin prided herself on her independence and was giving to a fault, always thinking of others before herself.

Woman was a devout lover of the ocean, its sand, sun, and the warm breeze coming off the water. Originally living just a few miles from the ocean in Virginia Beach, Virginia, she was able to frequently visit and bask in its beauty. She traded this love of the ocean for the green mountains in 1987, when she and her son Chandler moved to Vermont to be with me!

Robin first started work for Joseph McEntyre (a lawyer) in Plainfield, Vermont, and rented an apartment above his office. Later on she worked as a legal secretary or administrative assistant for various firms and nonprofits. She took great pride in her work, and was highly praised for her skills and accomplishments.  Michael Carriveau

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