Emma J. SargentOctober 07,2012Emma Jean Sargent
WORCESTER, VT — Emma Jean (Barnard) Sargent, age 78, of Worcester, passed away on Friday, October 5, 2012. She was the daughter of Reginald Warren Barnard and Eva Mae (Grace) Barnard.
She was born in Pittsford, Vermont, on May 15, 1934. She attended Pittsford schools and graduated from Pittsford High School. She is survived by her husband of almost 61 years, William E. Sargent, her brother and his wife, Royal and Veronica Barnard of Rutland, VT, her four children, William Sargent Jr. and wife Sharon of Shaftsbury, VT, Elizabeth (Deedee) and David Swenson of East Montpelier, VT, Thomas Sargent and wife Carol of Kansas City, Missouri, and Melanie and Robert Swenson of Fairlee, VT, as well as 10 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews and extended family. She is predeceased by her parents, her sisters Audrey Wheeler, Thelma Basque, and Emily Brisson Conowall and her brother John Barnard.
Emma Jean married Bill Sargent on January 18, 1952. They moved to Worcester in 1957 where she participated in many town activities including serving as the Superintendent of the United Methodist Church Sunday school, singing in the church choir, and as a member of the United Methodist Women. She volunteered at the Doty School Library before graduating from Johnson State College in 1975 and becoming a kindergarten teacher in Worcester, holding classes in the Town Hall. She continued to work tirelessly to encourage children to learn by also becoming a 4-H leader for many years. Her many talents showed when she sang and danced in the shows put on by the Worcester Players. She also served the town by being the treasurer for the Worcester Water District. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.
Emma Jean will be remembered for her beautiful flower gardens where she could always be found working. She had a special talent for not only growing flowers but also in arranging them for family and friends.
Emma Jean also loved spending time with her family outdoors snowshoeing, sugaring, swimming and going to hundreds of sporting events that her grandchildren and local children participated in. She also loved entertaining with her “by ear” piano playing and challenging her children to “name that tune.”
Calling hours will be from 5-8:00 pm on Monday, October 8, 2012 at Guare and Sons Funeral Home.
A celebration of Emma Jean’s life will be at the Worcester United Methodist Church on Tuesday, at 11:00 am. Interment will be in the family lot in Horton Cemetery in Chittenden, VT, on Wednesday, at 11:00 am.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be sent to Worcester United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 105, Worcester VT, 05682 or the American Parkinson Disease Association, Vermont Chapter, 1 South Prospect St., Burlington, VT 05401 (802) 847-3366.
Those wishing to express online condolences may do so at www.guareandsons.com.
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