Ellen DanielsApril 04,2013
WILLIAMSTOWN — Ellen Jane Theresa French Daniels, 69, of Weir Road, died peacefully, surrounded by her deeply devoted and loving family, on Monday, April 1, 2013, at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington.
Born on Aug. 23, 1943, in Bronx, N.Y., she was the daughter of John J. and Angela R. (Hayes) French Sr.
Ellen attended the St. Helena School in the Bronx, Our Lady of Loretta School in Hempstead, N.Y., and in 1961, she graduated from Delehanty High School in Jamaica, N.Y. She first worked for the Chase Manhattan Bank in Flushing, N.Y., until moving to Vermont in 1972.
On Oct. 6, 1978, Ellen married Garry J. Daniels in Barre. Following their marriage, they made their home in Williamstown. The couple renewed their wedding vows in March of 1992 in St. Sylvester Catholic Church in Graniteville, with the Rev. Francis Eksterowitz officiating.
Ellen worked at the National Life Insurance Co. in Montpelier, the Williamstown General Store, Milne Travel Agency in Barre, and the New England Culinary Institute in Montpelier. She also worked as a field representative in central Vermont for the Bureau of the Census in Boston.
Ellen was a member of St. Edward Catholic Church in Williamstown. She helped to create the Williamstown Recreation Association in 1983 and served as an officer for six years. She also was a dedicated volunteer at Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin for several years and was a Girl Scout and Cub Scout leader when her children were young.
Ellen was a devoted wife, an amazing mom, and a proud and loving grandmother. Her family was the most important thing to her. She showed them and her friends the meaning of unconditional love. She especially enjoyed spending her time creating wonderful family gatherings and celebrations. She taught her family the importance of having fun, of laughter, and of being together to share special memories.
Survivors include her husband, Garry J. Daniels, of Williamstown; her children, Patricia Manwaring, of Boulder, Colo., Shawn Manwaring and his wife, Becky, of Williamstown, Carolyn Manwaring Whitcher, of Orange, Sharon Manwaring and her partner, Fritz Betz, of Conroe, Texas; six grandchildren, Stephanie, Steven, Jason and Michael Manwaring, Megan and Devin Whitcher; and a sister-in-law, Barbara French, of Little Egg Harbor, N.J.
Besides her parents, two brothers, John J. French Jr. and Clifford J. French, and an aunt, Madeline Hayes, predeceased her.
A graveside service will be held later in the St. Sylvester Cemetery in Websterville at the convenience of her family. There are no calling hours.
Contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to the Williamstown Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 646, Williamstown, VT 05679; to the American Red Cross, Vermont Chapter, 29 Mansfield Ave., Burlington, VT 05401; or to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
The Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy St., Barre, is in charge of the arrangements.
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