Laura Louise Dutton Howe, b. Aug. 22, 1927 in West Windham, VT the youngest and last surviving child of Clara (Christiansen) & George L. Dutton, d. peacefully at Valley Cares in Townshend, Jul. 9, 2017.
After attending schools in So. Windham and Chester, she married James W. Howe of East Jamaica in 1942. While she traveled widely, visiting 45 of the 50 United States as well as the eastern provinces of Canada, she resided in E. Jamaica throughout her life, moving to Valley Cares Ass’t Living in Aug., 2012.
Laura was a remarkable woman with a long list of accomplishments, who touched the lives of many. She was active in the affairs of the Town of Jamaica for over 30 years as: Town Auditor, Union School Director, Lister and Justice of the Peace, recognized by a VT Public Service Award in 2006. She was the Windham District’s VT Rural Electric Ass’n (REA) Rep. for 16 years beginning in the late 1960s; a member and Past President of both the West River Valley Am’n Legion Auxiliary and the Grace Cottage Hospital Auxiliary, an active member of the Jamaica Community Church, the Jamaica Benefit Society, member and Past Worthy Matron of the Mt. Lebanon Chapt. 89 Order of the Eastern Star and, following her retirement, member and Past President of the Nat’l. Ass’n. of Retired Federal Employees Chapt. #659. She was also an accomplished seamstress, a prodigious quilt and afghan maker and a consummate gardener.
She worked outside of the home for many years, first part-time (book-keeper/clerk at Gleason’s Store in E. Jamaica, housecleaner and/or picking and grading apples for Dwight Miller Orchards), then full-time (‘52-’67 at Mary Meyer Mgf. Co., ’67- ’89 as Rural Mail Carrier, first through Windham, then on RR2 out of West Brattleboro).
Predeceased by her spouse, siblings and three nephews, Laura is survived by her three children and their spouses: Mary Howe-Grant (Peter Ford) of Santa Barbara, CA; James W. Howe, Jr. (Ruth) of Luverne, AL; and Aaron Howe (DeeDee Knight) of Price, Utah; five (5) grandchildren and ten (10) great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Eris Howe of W. Townshend, and many nieces and nephews.
A Memorial service will be held at Valley Cares Ass’t Living in Townshend. Later in the year there will be a graveside service at the Jamaica Cemetery. Dates to follow.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent in her name to the Jamaica Community Church, the Jamaica Library, Grace Cottage Hospital and/or Valley Cares.