BERKSHIRE CTR. – Marjorie Stowe, age 90, passed away Friday, April 4, 2014 at the Franklin County Rehab Facility in St. Albans.
She was born on May 6, 1923, at the Johnson home in Berkshire to the late Willard & Eva (Lahue) Johnson. Marjorie was proud of the fact that she lived in the home her father built.
Marjorie attended the Berkshire Center Elementary School and graduated from Enosburg Falls High School, class of 1942. After high school she worked on her brother Cortes’ farm, milking cows and haying. She also worked as a waitress at the Ideal Restaurant in Enosburg. In 1943 she went to Leominster, Mass. to live with her sister Bernice Carter, and worked for Foster Grant. She returned home in 1944 and began working for Missisquoi Corp., the Sheldon paper mill, until 1950. Marjorie married Leon Stowe on April 25, 1948 and together they ran their trucking company, Stowe & Sons Inc.
She was the town clerk and treasurer for the town of Berkshire from 1960 until 1975. Marjorie and Leon became members of the Berkshire 2nd Congregational Church on Dec. 19, 1948; she served the church as moderator, clerk, trustee, janitor and treasurer throughout the years. She was a former member of 4-H, Vermont Grange and National Grange, former president and treasurer of the Dorcas Society, former secretary and treasurer of the Berkshire Historical Society and acted as treasurer for the Berkshire Center Cemetery Association since 1983. In her later years, she enjoyed traveling to Health Seekers meetings and bible study.
She is survived by her children, Larry Stowe and his wife, Diane, of Berkshire Center; Bonnie Stowe of East Berkshire and her significant other, Dennis Demar, of Franklin; David Stowe and his wife, Patricia, of Enosburg Falls and Joyce Dodd and her husband, Eric, of Berkshire Ctr.; nine grandchildren; Neil, Jeffrey, Holly, Hannah, Hilary, Anna-Maria, Amber, Autumn and Barry; nine great-grandchildren; Justin, Jarron, Jordon, Michael, Maverick, Alexis, Sierra, Jenessa & Bryella; siblings, Kenneth Johnson and his wife, Marilyn, of Franklin and Charlotte Hammond of North Berkshire and her significant other, Wendell “Bing” Gilbert, of Bakersfield and several nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, Marjorie was predeceased by her husband, Leon Stowe; two brothers, Sterling and Cortes Johnson and a sister, Bernice Carter.
A funeral service will be held Wednesday, April 9 at 11 a.m. at the Berkshire 2nd Congregational Church, Water Tower Road, Berkshire Center with Rev. Jason McConnell officiating. Interment will be held later this spring in the Berkshire Center Cemetery.
Visiting hours will be held Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave., Enosburg Falls.
For those who wish, contributions in Marjorie’s memory may be made to the Berkshire 2nd Congregational Church, C/O Diane & Larry Stowe, 2345 Berkshire Center Rd., Enosburg Falls, VT 05450.
Condolences may be sent to Marjorie’s family on-line through www.spearsfuneralhome.com