Jeannette (Maynard) Griffith FAIR HAVEN — Jeannette (Maynard) Macomber Griffith died on May 23, 2020, surrounded by her loving family. Born Sept. 7, 1932, in Burlington, Vermont, to Burton M. Maynard and Helen Slapp Maynard. Jeannette, along with her parents and brother Lee Maynard, lived on Converse Court in Burlington and spent every Sunday and every summer on her grandfather’s farm in Jeffersonville, Vermont. It was there she fell in love with nature. Jeannette graduated from Burlington High School in 1949 and then graduated from Lasell Junior College. While in high school, she played in the band where she met her future husband, Sam Macomber. They were married on Sept. 4, 1954. They worked together at New York Life Insurance Co. and transferred to various cities throughout the next 12 years. In 1965, they moved with their four children back home to Vermont and founded Fair Haven Auto Supply. Her sharp mind for business helped to create a business that still is successful today. Jeannette understood the importance of community engagement before it was fashionable and was a trailblazer in many areas. She was active in her community serving as the first woman on the Fair Haven Union High School Board. She volunteered with many organizations, including Girl Scouts, Vermont Achievement Center, Beverly Manor Nursing Home, Rutland Regional Medical Center, First Congregational Church of Fair Haven, and a host for the Fresh Air Organization for several summers. In 1980, she lost her husband, Sam. Love continued when she married John R. Griffith in 1982, and they enjoyed 21 years together on Skyway Farm. In 1991, they took their covered wagon with their two Belgian horses on the Vermont Bicentennial Ride. She loved to cook and host large family gatherings that always ended with a choice of various pies. She shared a love for horses, farming, mountains and land conservation. John passed away in 2003. She spent the remainder of her life on Skyway Farm loving and caring for her ever growing family. She was predeceased by husbands, Sam in 1980 and John in 2003; her brother, Lee Maynard; and her parents. Survivors include her children, Carol (Jim) Egan, Sally (Chris) Stanton, Jane (Michael) Foley, S. Allen (Pam) Macomber; and nine grandchildren, Kate, Abby, Genevieve, Lee, Molly, Alexandra, Shawn, Sam and Haley; 16 great-grandchildren, Camryn, Madilyn, Carter, Isabelle, Lilly, Charlie, Murphy, Loula, Breck, Theo, Sullivan, Margo, Wilson, Charlotte, Griffith and Asa; and four nieces and one nephew. At her request, there will be a private family remembrance. Memorial contributions may be made to Fair Haven Concerned, 49 Main St., Fair Haven, VT 05743. She loved greatly and in return, was loved back even more. “And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.”

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Merle (Edgerton)Bronson

Jane and Carol, I saddened to hear of your mother’s passing. My heart goes out to all of the family..

Cathy Ranney

My heartfelt condolences to you all. Jeanette and Sam were one of my first patients back in the early 70s. Her strength and kindness I have always remembered. This obituary it’s a beautiful tribute to her life God bless you all.

Cathy&Roger Ranney


So sorry to hear of your mom's passing Jane.My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. Trudy Perry Mebane, NC


Your mom, as you must already know was just a delight to chat with. Whether it was at the church, at Interior Connections or just on the street she was filled with the joy for life and the love of her family. Jeannette was a blessing to her community. Peace be with you all.

Patrick martin

To the family, my deepest sympathy at the passing of an extraordinary person. I first met Jeannette when she and Sam hired me to work with them in the auto parts store when no one else would hire a Viet Nam era veteran with injuries. With hard work at the store and firm but kind counsel from Jeannette I recovered to go on to a healthy and happy future. It was always a delight to see Jeannette in later years and catch up to the changes in our lives, the births, deaths, marriages and successes. She will be missed by many.


My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time... Heaven surely has gained a new angel.


Carol, Jim, Kate and Abby

I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your Mom and Gramma. Sending my condolences in hopes that your memories will carry you through these tough days ahead. She will always be with you. Love to all

Dave and Bonnie Twitchell

White River Junction, VT


I'm so sorry to hear of Jeanette's passing. She was always so cordial, and cheerful at the Smith/Griffith events. She certainly made my uncle John the happiest guy on earth. My condolences to her family.

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