East Dummerston - Jacqueline “Jackie” Durant, 90, of East Dummerston, died on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2018.
She was born May 4, 1928 in Bellows Falls, the daughter of Ernest and Dorothy (Stockford) Curtis and graduated from Bellows Falls High School in 1946.
In December 1932, at age four, Jackie was entered in a town popularity contest. The winner was Betty Lawlor, who ended up being a classmate in high school. Jackie was runner-up and was awarded an all-steel scooter sled.
She was employed in the central office of Windham Southeast Supervisory Union for 29 years and served as Treasurer/Office Manager of the Windham County VEA Credit Union for 12 years. She also served as secretary of the East Dummerston TV Cable and board recorder for the Dummerston Town School Board. After retiring, Jackie worked part-time for the River Valley Credit Union School Savings Program. She then started working part-time in October 2000 in the office of Maple Valley Physical Therapy until her death. During that time she also volunteered at the Vermont Department of Health and for many years she knitted hats and mittens for the Christmas Stocking and Dummerston School, baby hats for newborns at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital and bibs for the Welcome Baby Program.
On April 3, 1948 she was married to Forrest Durant who died on March 27, 2010.
Jackie is survived by: her daughter, Kathryn Whitney and her husband Timothy of Marlboro; her son, David Durant and his wife Deborah of Landenberg, PA; two sisters, Shirley Goings of Springfield, VT and Raelene Rice of Nottingham, NH; one brother, Phillip Shippee of Peoria, AZ; three grandchildren, Bethany and Christopher Whitney, and Chrysta Williams; great grandsons, Bridon Whitney, Brennan Whitney-Dominique and Brandon Williams; a great granddaughter, Peyton Williams; and many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband of 62 years, her brother, Charles “Bud” Curtis and her sister, Barbara Blodgett.
In keeping with Jackie’s final wishes, there will be no formal service. An informal gathering will be held at a later date.
If so desired, memorial contributions in Jackie’s name may be made to Rescue, Inc., P.O. Box 593, Brattleboro, VT 05302.