ST. ALBANS — Anna Mary (Flynn) Dermody 95, of St. Albans, died peacefully on July 25, 2014 surrounded by her loving family
She was born on Nov. 9, 1918 in Boston, Mass., the daughter of John J. and Julia M. (O’Sullivan) Flynn.
Her love of books set her career path. While finishing her high school education at Brighton High School she began her career with the Boston Public Library (BPL), where she became Children’s Librarian at the Allston Branch. She set the standards for many achievements working at the BPL including becoming the first married woman to be hired at BPL.
She married Francis J. Dermody Jr. on Feb. 21, 1942. While raising four sons she continued her love of books and art. Based on her BPL training it was requested that she become Librarian at Johnson State College to bring the library up to standards for accreditation. During her long career at the college she became Reference Librarian where she helped many students until she retired at the age of 68. One of the many cherished honors of her career was being asked to give the commencement address in 1984.
Anna was a lifelong learner. She wrote poetry all her life. She loved art and pursued all mediums. Her love of color was evident in all parts of her life. She was very creative and one of her favorite styles was American Primitive Art. She continued her education at JSC obtaining a degree there in 1973.
She loved to travel, starting by traveling cross-country when she was 18. She traveled in the United States and Mexico many times with her brother, Tom. She traveled abroad to Ireland, France, and Italy making her last trip to Ireland when she was 89. The Elder Hostel trips often combined her love of art and history.
She always engaged in life through many activities including the Poetry Society of Vermont and volunteering for many years at the Saint Albans Free Library. Throughout life she belonged to multiple community and church organizations, most recently being a member of the Ladies of Saint Anne’s. Her determination and independence helped her climb behind the wheel and learn to drive at the age of 60.
One of her greatest pleasures was spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
She is survived by her sons, Richard and wife, Carole, of South Royalton; Christopher and wife, Nancy, of St. Albans; Brian and wife, Alice, of Barre; Kevin and wife, Karen, of Danville, N.H.; seven grandchildren, nine great grandchildren as well as nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband, Francis, daughter Duana, brothers John, James, and Thomas Flynn and sister Margaret (Flynn) Wright.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Holy Angels Church in Saint Albans on Thursday July 31, 2014 at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Saint Theresa’s Cemetery in Barton at 2 p.m.
Online condolences may be sent to her family at the Funeral Home Website: www.bradyandlevesque.com.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Saint Albans Free Library for the purchase of Children’s Books so her love of books can be passed on.
Arrangements are entrusted to the Brady & Levesque Funeral Home and Commemorative Services.