Pattie Williams COLCHESTER — Pattie Williams, 67, of Colchester, died peacefully Tuesday, May 7, 2019, at Mayo Healthcare in Northfield, after a long illness. A longtime schoolteacher and school librarian in northern Vermont, Pattie was born April 16, 1952, in Washington, D.C., and grew up in Scarsdale, New York, graduating from Scarsdale High School in 1970. She earned her B.A. and Master of Arts in Teaching from Beloit College in 1975. She lived in Marlboro, Plainfield, Woodbury, Montpelier and Colchester. She was predeceased by her husband, Joseph F. Garofalo; her parents M. Henry and Mary Williams; two siblings Frances Williams and Richard B. Williams; and a best friend, Sally Carpenter. She is survived by two sons William S. Brown, of Brogue, Pennsylvania, wife Beth and their two sons John “JT” and Reed, and Benjamin C. Brown, of Barre; two brothers Stuart E. Williams, M.D., of Montpelier, and wife Sarah, and Marshall B. Williams, of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, and wife Marguerite “Meg” Gousie; one niece, four nephews and two grandnieces; and her first husband, Michael Brown, of Woodbury. Pattie was a teacher at Leland & Gray High School in Townsend; Twinfield School in Marshfield; and a teacher and then school librarian at Hazen Union High School in Hardwick. She also directed many plays and musicals with the students at these schools, and with such local theater groups as Plainfield Little Theatre, Unadilla Theatre and others. Her adaptation of “Anne Frank” at Northfield High School was widely applauded. She also sang for many years with the Montpelier Gospel Choir, and she attended their concert in Barre two days before she died. She and her husband, Joe Garofalo, a theatrical fixture in northern Vermont for 15 years, had legions of friends throughout the area, and she was a founding member of the Wild Women of Woodbury. She loved spending time at a family home in Marlboro. A celebration of Pattie’s life will be held Saturday, May 25, at 2 p.m. at Bethany Church, 115 Main St., Montpelier. In lieu of flowers, donations in Pattie’s name would be welcome to the UVM Medical Center Memory Program, 792 College Parkway, Suite 205, Colchester, VT 05446. Guare & Sons Funeral Home in Montpelier is assisting the family with arrangements. An online guestbook is available at www.guareandsons.com. Card of Thanks Pattie was able to live comfortably at home in Colchester for many years thanks to the assistance of a large group of caregivers: Ginger Santor, Doreen Robinson, Makayla Narushof, Chelsea Duggan, Teresa Witt, Robin Sumner, Kaitlin Garrison and Kaitlin MacArthur. The Williams and Brown families would also like to thank the welcoming staff of Mayo Healthcare in Northfield for Pattie’s care in her final weeks.

(0) entries

Sign the guestbook.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.