Townshend- Annabelle (Abbott) Shine, 83, a lifelong resident of Townshend, passed away peacefully Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at Cheshire Medical Center in Keene following a period of declining health.
Annabelle was born in Townshend on April 29, 1935 and was the daughter of Reuben and Alice (Goodale) Abbott. She was a 1953 graduate of Leland & Gray Seminary in Townshend.
On April 15, 1955 she married Bernard A. Shine, Sr. at the First Congregational Church in West Brattleboro, who predeceased her in 1991.
She retired from C&S Wholesale Grocers in Brattleboro in 2008 and previously worked for the Mary Meyer Toy Co. in Townshend and also the former Vermont National Bank in Newfane.
Annabelle enjoyed many leisure activities, such as reading, sewing, knitting and working in her garden. She was involved with the Project Linus group and derived much pleasure from making quilts for hospitalized children.
Besides her parents, she was predeceased by one brother, Reuben Abbott and three sisters, Lorraine Burkert, Eleanor Anderson and Elsie Wright.
She is survived by her children, Bernard A. Shine, Jr. of Townshend and Susan Shine Holbrook of Queensbury, NY. She also leaves behind her grandson, Charles Arthur Shine (Chelsey) and two great grandchildren, Colin Ronald and Vivian Annabelle of Sanbornville, NH, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Graveside committal services will be conducted Saturday, May 12th at 2:00 P.M. in Oakwood Cemetery in Townshend with Pastor Vern Stanley officiating. A reception will follow the services will be held at her son’s home on Riverdale Road, Townshend.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Annabelle’s name may be made to Grace Cottage Hospital, 185 Grafton Road, Townshend, VT 05353, or to the Dr. Robert Backus Tribute Fund, P.O. Box 1, Townshend, VT 05353.