— Helen E Whitman, 89, a resident of Route 313 West Arlington, passed away September 13, 2018 at her home surrounded by her family.
Helen was born in Bennington on November 7, 1928 the daughter of the late Jerome and Mildred (Cook) Viault. She attended school in Arlington graduating from Arlington Memorial High School, then attended Albany Business College receiving her Associate Degree.
Helen owned and operated the Wayside Country Store in West Arlington with her husband Richard, who died in 1976, for nearly 25 years. She also worked in customer service for the Enchanted Dollhouse and the Vermont Country Store. Helen was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Watervliet, NY, the Chapel on the Green where she held many offices as well as being a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.
She enjoyed crocheting, traveling with friends for pleasure and OES trips, loved family especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren, enjoyed the sounds of Big Band and hymnal music, was an avid reader. Furthermore, she enjoyed making entries in her journal and photography.
Helen is survived by her children Jerome Richard Whitman of Cobleskill, NY, Christie Thomas, Dee Dee Green and her husband Dennis, all of West Arlington, and Robert Allen Whitman and his wife Debbie of Arlington. She is also survived by a half-sister Betty Keating of Norman Oklahoma, 16 grandchildren, 38 great grandchildren, and 3 great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Richard L. Whitman whom she married in Arlington on November 7, 1948 in addition to her brother Fredrick “Sonny” Viault.
Funeral services for Helen E Whitman will be held on October 6 at 1 pm at the Chapel on the Green in West Arlington. Interment follows in the family lot in West Arlington Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held October 5 from 5 until 7 at Hanson-Walbridge & Shea Funeral Home Arlington Chapel Route 7A Arlington, VT. If friends desire, memorial gifts in Helen’s memory may be made to Bennington Project Independence or the Chapel on the Green, c/o Hanson-Walbridge & Shea Arlington Chapel P.O. Box 525 Arlington, VT 05363.