Dummerston- Carol Ellen Bessette, 79, of Middle Road, a lifelong resident of Dummerston passed away early Saturday morning, February 10, 2018 in the comfort of her home surrounded by family after a hard fought battle with ALS.
Carol was born in Dummerston on January 3, 1939 the daughter of Merton and Hazel (Carr) Hazelton. She attended Dummerston schools and was a graduate of Brattleboro High School, Class of 1957.
She had been employed by the town of Brattleboro for over 20 years as the Section 8/Grants Administrator for the Brattleboro Housing Authority. Previously she worked at the former Bolster Movers and Vermont National Bank both in Brattleboro. She also had been employed for the town of Dummerston in several capacities throughout the years.
Active in her community, Carol served on the Dummerston Cemetery Commission, was an active member of the Dummerston Historical Society and is credited with conducting history walks through Dummerston as well as marking historical sites with a GPS system that included old structural foundations and cellar holes.
For many years Carol baked apple pies for the Eastern State Exposition, Vermont building. Carol was also active with the annual apple pie festival in Dummerston Center.
She loved the Christmas holidays and continued a family tradition of reciting the ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas every holiday season. She also displayed Christmas scenes each year on her porch for the community to enjoy.
Of her leisure time activities, she enjoyed cross stitching old style Santas, and flower gardening, with purple phlox being her favorite flower. Carol also enjoyed family gatherings, trips to her son’s home in California and following her grandchildren’s sports and academic endeavors.
She enjoyed playing cards, scrabble, attending BINGO every week at the Newbrook fire station, and was an avid Boston Red Sox fan.
On July 4, 1958 at the Dummerston Congregational Church she was married to Raymond W. Bessette who predeceased her on March 18, 2015.
Survivors include her six children, sons, Dale of Guilford, Randy of Pasa Robles, California and Raymond of Vernon, daughters Debra Towle of Brattleboro, Dawn Hubbard and Carol Lee Wood both of Dummerston, one brother, Donald Hazelton of Dummerston, 15 grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Additionally, she leaves her best friend of many years Sherry Amidon of Dummerston.
She was predeceased by a sister, Mary Bolster.
A memorial service in celebration of her life will be conducted Saturday at 10:00 A.M. at Dummerston Congregational Church with Pastor Shawn Bracebridge officiating. A reception will be held at the Church Rectory immediately following the service.
Burial in Dummerston Center Cemetery will take place at a later date.
Memorial contributions in Carol’s name may be made to The Dummerston Historical Society, c/o Jean Normandeau, 250 Tucker Read Road, Dummerston, VT 05301 or be dropped off at the Town Clerks office.