September 5, 2014

Burial Date

Obituaries » BONNIE G. GREENE

GREENE, BONNIE G., 85, of Montpelier, peacefully slipped away on September 5, with her loving family at her side, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Bonnie was the wife of Norman E. Greene, whom she met and married in Montpelier.  Bonnie grew up in Lyndonville, where she graduated from Lyndon Institute with high honors. Many years later she enrolled in college and earned an associate degree from Vermont College of Norwich University. Bonnie worked for the Vermont Department of Libraries and was for over 30 years the Vermont librarian’s assistant, a job she enjoyed until the day she retired. After retirement, Bonnie became a volunteer for the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, where she enjoyed her time working with the staff and director of the Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce. For many years Bonnie was a member of the League of Women Voters, and she served as an elected auditor of and for the city of Montpelier in the 1980s. She had a lifelong interest in government being run well to benefit its citizens, and was well-read on governmental affairs, policy and law, and the effects thereof. Bonnie was a lifelong reader, loved dancing and music, enjoyed skiing, bowling – which she did into her early 80s – walking, spending time with her family and friends, playing bridge in her later years, and traveling to the coasts of Nova Scotia and Maine for many enjoyable vacations. She was an avid gardener who loved growing her own flowers, fruits and vegetables. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends and former co-workers, who all knew her to be an intelligent, fun and caring person. Bonnie is survived by her husband, Norman; son Brian Swift; daughter Patricia Greene-Swift and husband Rob; three grandchildren; one great-grandson; sisters Pat Duford, Lois (Bow) Gilman and husband Munroe, Bessie and Roscoe Lund; her brother, Roland Greenwood, and wife, Grace; and sister-in-law Sally Hassan and husband, Ihab. She was predeceased by her sister Betty Austin and her brothers-in-law James Austin and Ralph Duford.

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