Sandra RaymondJune 28,2014
BERLIN — Sandra “Sandy” (Thygesen) Raymond, 73, peacefully went to Glory Land to be with Jesus on Wednesday, June 25, 2014, at her daughter’s home in Barrington, New Hampshire, with two of her daughters by her side.
Sandy was born July 23, 1940, in Barre, the daughter of Axel and Elaine (Rogers) Thygesen, of Barre. She graduated from Spaulding High School in Barre in 1958.
Sandy met and married the love of her life Sept. 26, 1959, Eugene “Gene” Raymond (predeceased her July 4, 2012). Sandy worked for New England Telephone Co. as an operator for five years and Sears & Roebuck in Montpelier as a sales clerk. She also worked at Gold Bond Stamp Co. and Finest Grocery store before moving from their trailer in Barre to a peaceful home in Berlin where they raised three daughters. Later in life, when her daughters were grown, she worked for Comfort Inn down the hill in Berlin as a housekeeper.
Gene and Sandy were happily married for 52 years and passed along their joy of life to everyone they met. They were active members at Crossroads Christian Church in East Montpelier and made many lifelong friendships within their church family. Whether on a cruise or shopping at the grocery store, they loved getting to know people and making new friendships. They always made time to chat with friends and especially enjoyed gathering several times a week to have coffee with their “McDonald’s friends.”
Sandy was a devoted mother and loved her three girls with all of her heart. She was a career mom and a homemaker to her core. She always put others first and looked for opportunities to serve family, friends and the community. For several years, she volunteered at the Senior Center in Montpelier every week helping in the kitchen and planning activities. She was an avid baker and crafter and excelled in sewing, knitting and crocheting. Her hands were always busy making things for others and expressing her love, generosity and creative mind and spirit through her handiwork.
Sandy is survived by her daughters: Wendy Berry, and her husband, Jonathan, of Barrington, New Hampshire, Pamela Loomis, and her husband, Andrew, of Barre, and Michelle Sears, and her husband, Bill, of Wrentham, Massachusetts; five grandchildren, Jennifer, Tyler, Noah, Cierra and Arianna; three stepgrandchildren, Daniel, George and Joseph; three great-grandchildren, Kameron, Alden and Trenton; and two brothers, Jacky Thygesen and William Thygesen, of Texas. Sandy will be dearly missed by all who knew her, and we are all better people for having had her touch our lives. Besides her husband, she was predeceased by her parents and brother Axel Thygesen Jr.
A graveside service will be held for family and friends at the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph Center, Vermont, on Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at 1 p.m. A celebration of Sandy’s life will follow at 2 p.m. in the Baptist Fellowship of Randolph, 1051 Vermont Route 66, Randolph. All are invited for a time of sharing memories and a luncheon in the church hall after the service.
Contributions in her memory may be made to Compassion International at http://www.compassion.com/donate.htm — under Special Instructions, enter “In memory of Sandra Raymond,” or sent to Compassion International, Colorado Springs, CO 80997.
The Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
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