Edith P. WithamOctober 19,2013
Edith P. Witham
Edith P. Witham
WORCESTER/CALAIS, Vt. — Edith “Edie” Pearce Witham, 90, formerly of Worcester, Vt., and currently of Calais, died Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, at her home surrounded by her loving family and her faithful dog, “Buster.”
She was born in Bellvedere, England, Feb. 21, 1923, the daughter of Albert and Beatrice (Petts) Pearce. After immigrating to the United States, she was educated at Unionville Elementary School and Farmington High School in Connecticut.
On July 4, 1949, she married Clifton Witham in Putney, Vt. Clifton predeceased her on Aug. 20, 2004. Together they raised their family and lived most of their lives in the house next to the Worcester United Methodist Church, a house that previously served at the church parsonage.
Edie was primarily a homemaker; however, she also worked for a short time as a cook at Union-32 High School. She would also babysit her neighbor’s children from time to time, and she served for a number of years as the church’s housekeeper, tidying up after Sunday service and other events, and the church hall.
Her memberships include the Worcester United Methodist Church, North Branch Grange, and the Good Neighbors Club in Worcester.
Survivors include her sons: David Witham and his wife, Nina of Calais, Vt., and Mark Witham and his wife, Laura of Springfield, Vt.; three grandchildren, Jason Witham of Springfield, Vt., Jared Witham of Murfreesboro, Tenn., and Jasmine Boucher of East Montpelier, Vt.; brothers, Charles Pearce of Canton, Conn., and Thomas Pearce of Conklin, Mich.; a sister, Beatrice Alderman of Unionville, Conn.; and several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by a sister, Marie Joel and brother, Albert Pearce.
Calling hours will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, at Guare & Sons Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, Oct. 21, at Worcester United Methodist Church.
Memorial contributions may be made to the following: Project Independence, 81 North Main St., Barre, VT 05641; Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05641; Worcester United Methodist Church, PO Box 125, Worcester, VT 05682; or American Cancer Society, New England Division, 55 Day Lane, Williston, VT 05495.
Those wishing to express online condolences may do so at www.guareandsons.com.
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