Jean (Barnard) Anderson, 94 of Dummerston, VT passed away on Sunday, February 10, 2013 at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon. NH as a result of injuries sustained in an auto accident on Thursday, February 7, 2013. She was born at her Grandmother's farm in Sutton, NH on October 22, 1918, the daughter of the late Earl and Hazel (Colby) Barnard.
Jean lived her early years in Brattleboro, Chester and Claremont, NH. She moved back to Brattleboro during her freshman year, graduating from Brattleboro High School, Class of 1936. She then worked at N.E. Telephone Company in Brattleboro as a phone operator for 33 years before her retirement in 1980.
She married Laurence E. Anderson, Sr. on October 23, 1938 and together they celebrated 65 years of marriage until his death in 2004. In 1947 they spent 2 years living in Marlow, NH, then to Guilford and Brattleboro, and finally in 1967, they made Dummerston their permanent home.
Jean spent time traveling with her family and friends across the Country and throughout Canada on motorcycles. Her entire life she loved to take rides on the back roads of VT and NH. Up until her death she still wanted and was able to go for those rides and have lunch with her drivers, and son. Jean loved attending parties and entertaining family and friends, she spent summers riding motorcycles, and spending time on their boat "Pucker Power" on the CT River. She spent winters, snowmobiling the country side of VT and NH. She was an avid reader and animal and bird lover, feeding hundreds of birds and squirrels year round. She enjoyed making cross stitch and needlepoint pictures for friends and family members, and never missed the weekly Lawrence Welk Show on Saturday nights. Jean's kindness, generosity and humor will be missed by all that knew her.
She is predeceased by her husband, Laurence E. Anderson, Sr.; a sister, Ellen Carpenter; a brother, Earl Barnard, and a daughter, in law, Patti Anderson.
She is survived by a son, Laurence E. Anderson, Jr. and his wife Charlene of Brattleboro; a daughter, Sally Peltz and her husband David of Niles, MI; a sister, Erleine Putnam of Eastham, MA; a sister-in-law, Martha Barnard of Brattleboro; four grandchildren, Pamela Todd and her husband Noel of IL, Debra Sprecher and her husband Steve of, PA, Mark Anderson and his wife Denise and Kirstin Parro and her husband Chris, all of VT; five great grandchildren, Sarah, Andrew, Connor, Emma and Josh; many nieces, nephews and cousins, as well as her caretakers and devoted neighbors, Beth, Joe and Cooper.
A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, February 15, 2013 at 1 PM at Ker-Westerlund Funeral Home, 57 High Street, Brattleboro, VT 05301. Burial will take place in the spring. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jean's name to Rescue Ink, PO Box 593, Brattleboro, VT 05302 or Windham Humane Society, 916 W River Rd, Brattleboro, VT 05302.