Esther D. Godfrey
NORTHFIELD - Esther Dickinson Godfrey, 81, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, after a brief stay at the University of Vermont - CVPH in Plattsburgh, New York, surrounded by her family. Esther was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, on June 28, 1935, and grew up on a farm in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts. Following her graduation from East Longmeadow High School, she attended nursing school at the Cooley-Dickinson School of Nursing. She later worked at the Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. On April 21, 1957, she married Charles H. Godfrey, and moved to Illinois, Virginia and Florida while Charles served in the Navy. Following his service in the military, they settled down in Danbury, Connecticut. While living in Danbury, in addition to caring for her family, she worked to schedule appointments and prepare invoices for consultations and television repair work. Later, she and Charles ran their own television and small appliance repair business together. In 1976, the family moved to Brookfield, Vermont, where Esther lived as a homemaker and, at times, cared for children of working mothers for 36 years. Esther moved to Northfield in 2012, where she lived at her home with her beloved son, Peter. Esther enjoyed caring for her family and keeping up with her children, grandchildren and friends. She was an avid reader, and enjoyed sharing puzzles and books with her friends. Esther was passionate about sewing; she made dresses, gowns, baby blankets and countless sets of cherished pajamas for her many grandchildren over the years. She also enjoyed her flowers, gardening and nature of all kinds; she was lovingly referred to as "Mother Nature" by many who knew her. Esther enjoyed animals, as well, and always had a small dog or cat nearby to love. She especially enjoyed birds and kept a monitor in her kitchen so that she could hear her chickens outside in their coop at any time. She is survived by her eight children, Virginia (Olson), Patricia (Yarrish), James, Linda (Fish), Victoria (Tenney), Debra (Carman), Peter and Robin (Berkey). She is also survived by 17 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; her cousin, Carol (Carey); and her ex-husband, Charles. She leaves behind many cousins in Massachusetts. She was predeceased by her parents, Elbert C. and Doris F. Dickinson, and her aunt, Evelyn Lyons Green. A memorial service will be held on April 28, 2017, at 1 p.m. in the Hillcrest Park Cemetery, 895 Parker St., Springfield, MA. Online condolences can be made at Brown Funeral Home www.brownfuneralhomeinc.com . In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in memory of Esther D. Godfrey to the Brain Injury Association of Vermont, www.biavt.org .
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