Shirley A. Luce
EAST CALAIS - Shirley Averill Luce, 84, died Oct. 15, 2016, in her home, surrounded by her family. She was born June 2, 1932, in Marshfield, the daughter of Albert and Gladys (Gray) Johnson. She attended Marshfield public schools. In 1949, she married Roy Collins Luce in Marshfield. Together, they raised eight children. Mrs. Luce was employed by several area businesses, including the Tassie Nursing Home, Sprague Electric, Rowan Court and McFarland House. She also helped her husband deliver grain to area farmers. In 1984, she retired to provide care for her mother-in-law, Margaret Luce. She was a member of the Ladies Home Mission. She enjoyed cooking, riding her four-wheeler, doing crafts, quilting and gardening. Survivors include six children, Andrew Luce, of Cabot, Richard, Timothy and Peter Luce, all of East Calais, Dennis Sicely, of Plainfield, and Debi Sicely, of Montpelier; 19 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren and numerous great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Marjorie Cochran, of Shelburne; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Mrs. Luce was predeceased by her husband of 57 years; a son, Michael Luce, and a daughter, Averil Dunham; a grandson, granddaughter and great-great-grandson; six siblings, Harold, Glen and Gerald Johnson, Beverly Peryer, Dorothy Debray and Kathleen McNanis. Calling hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016, at the Northern Vermont Funeral Home, 60 Elm St., Hardwick. To honor her request, the memorial service will be private, at the convenience of her family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Calais/Woodbury United Church Roofing Fund, P.O. Box 93, East Calais, VT 05650; or Bible Baptist Church, 68 Vine St., Berlin, VT 05641.
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