Lillian I. Snelling

August 31, 1919 ~ January 29, 2018 (age 98)

Lillian Irene Snelling, age 98, of Thrush Lane, passed away peacefully in her sleep at her home on Monday, January 29, 2018.

Lillian was born in Lyndonville, VT, on August 31, 1919, daughter to the late Jessippe and Obeline (Emmons) Hebert.  She was raised and educated in Lyndonville and graduated from Lyndon Institute with the Class of 1937. Early on Lillian was an avid hunter, spending many hours over the years hunting rabbits, deer and even squirrel, and many of the latter when they got too close to her bird feeders. One of her happiest days was when she received her Permanent VT Hunting License in 1985. On May 18, 1941, she married Donald Paige Snelling and shared 42 years together at the time of his death in 1983.  Lillian was a stay at home mom but was very involved in crafts belonging to the Home Dems for years.  She made hundreds of Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls selling them at fairs, craft fairs all around northern Vermont, New Hampshire and all around the world. She was a member of St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church for many years where she played the organ.  Lillian and Don enjoyed some traveling, snowmobiling and camping over the years and after his passing she continued to travel, going anywhere she felt like.  She did not live a dull life.  In recent years she joined the senior exercise group at the Graded School in Lyndonville and their trips to Bagel Depot for lunch following.

Survivors include her 3 daughters: Ethel Pearsons of Lyndonville, Lucey Trembley and husband, Ronald, of Sutton, Donna Freeman and husband, Charlie, of Ashboro, NC, 2 sisters: Germaine Desilets of St. Johnsbury, Rachel Anair of AZ, 5 grandchildren: Todd Pearsons and wife, Laurie, of Sheffield, VT, Sam Pearsons and wife, Kimberly, of Loveland, CO, Dr.’s Bryan and Cheryl Freeman, of NC, Tracey Harrelson and husband, Mark, of NC, Candi Harran and husband, Mike, of N. Danville, VT, 11 great-grandchildren, 3 great-great-grandchild and many nieces and nephews.

Lillian was predeceased by her sister: Bertha Gervais, her brother: Donald Hebert, her son-in-law: Donald Pearsons, granddaughter: Tammy Tremblay and great-grandson: Cody Pearsons.

Friends may call on the family from 1-3PM on Saturday, February 3, 2018, at the Guibord Funeral Home on the corner of Center and Main Streets in Lyndonville.  Burial will take place privately in the summer at the Lyndon Center Cemetery.

Memorial Donations may be made to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center North, 1080 Hospital Drive, St. Johnsbury, VT, 05819.

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Norris Cotton Cancer Center
One Medical Center Drive, Lebanon NH 03756

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