• Maida L. Slafter
    July 06,2013

    Maida L. Slafter

    NORTHFIELD — Maida Louise Hetherington Slafter, 99, died at Mayo Healthcare in Northfield on July 1, 2013.

    She was born in St. Johnsbury in 1914, the daughter of Ernest and Mary L. (Darling) Hetherington. In 1938, she married Hubert W. “Bud” Slafter, who died in 1968. Their son, John H. Slafter, died in July 1999.

    Louise lived in Wells River and Brandon, Vt., and Andover, Mass., as a child. After moving to Danville, Vt., in 1928, she graduated from St. Johnsbury Academy in 1932 and Green Mountain College in 1934. She worked at her father’s dry goods store in Northfield, as well as at Sanborn and Hedges Drug Store. She was also an aide and hostess at the former Mayo Hospital in Northfield for nine years; in addition, she was a nurse’s aide at the Norwich University infirmary, where she had a formative influence on the lives of some of the cadets who, to this day, have kept in touch.

    Mrs. Slafter’s volunteer offices, activities and recognitions were significant. She faithfully served the Red Mitten Shop, Mayo Healthcare, as a community member and resident, and Central Vermont Hospice. Offices held included secretary and trustee of the Northfield Falls Cemetery Association and secretary of the Northfield Historical Society.

    She received numerous awards: In 1944, she was named to the Army Air Forces Aircraft Warning Service Reserve as a testimonial of loyal and faithful volunteer service as an enemy aircraft spotter in World War II; in 1993, she received an appreciation award from the American Red Cross for 35 years of service; in 2005, she was awarded the President’s Employee Service Award from Norwich University for more than 10 years of service to the university; and, in 2008, she was named an emeritus volunteer by RSVP.

    Memberships included Northfield Senior Citizens and Northfield Methodist Parish. In addition, she generously supported the work of CERV and the Central Vermont Humane Society.

    Louise was well-known as a longtime resident of Central Street in Northfield where she enthusiastically tended her beautiful gardens. She loved birds and dogs, particularly Scotties and German shepherds; her shepherd dog, Heidi, was a beloved companion and neighborhood friend. Like her father, she loved collecting antiques and memorabilia, including butter pats, old buttons, stamps, toothpick holders and furniture. She enjoyed traveling around Vermont and New England, garage sales, auctions and bingo, which she called at Mayo Manor until the last year before her death.

    Those who knew Louise well appreciated her feisty spirit and irrepressible humor, which she maintained until she left this world. She leaves friends and acquaintances at Mayo, in Northfield and around the country who will miss her dearly.

    There will be no calling hours or services according to her wishes. A committal gathering will be held at the family plot in the Northfield Falls Cemetery on Wednesday, July 10, 2013, at 10 a.m.

    Kingston Funeral Home in Northfield is in charge of arrangements.

    Donations in her memory may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

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