MIDDLEBURY — Our mother, Luna Juetta Bombard, went home to family on July 29, 2009.
She was born the eldest child of Clyde and Helen (Hartshorn) Bombard in Concord on May 22, 1930.
Luna graduated from Gorham High in Gorham, N.H., and moved her family to Middlebury in 1957.
She was a proud member of the DAR and the Concord Historical Society. Luna spent many hours working on her genealogy and was always glad to share that information with others.
She greatly admired the old-fashioned ideas of family and make do or do without. She loved to tell and hear the stories of her youth and entertained her family many times with these same stories. She sewed beautiful quilts for each member of her family, and knit brightly colored socks. She also loved to read and play cards.
Luna was employed at Brandon Training School, Porter Hospital and lastly for Dr. Theodore Collier.
She is survived by four children, Dorian Guptill, Donald Guptill and wife Betsy, Rachel Oliver and partner Keith Maycroft, and Kate Bombard and partner Jim Karns. She also leaves eight grandchildren, Charles Guptill, Leigh Guptill, Amy Guptill and partner Jason, Tammy Russell and husband Craig, Lisa Perkins and husband Doug, Daniel Oliver, Erik Benoit and Allen Jennings; as well as her adored great-granddaughter Halle Perkins.
She was predeceased by her young son, Kevan; her parents; two brothers; one sister; and aunts, uncles and cousins.
Luna’s wishes were that no funeral services would be held.
She will be laid to rest with her son in Prospect Cemetery, East Middlebury. The family requests that flowers be omitted. Memorial contributions made to Luna’s favorite charity, the March of Dimes, would be gratefully appreciated by the family.
BRANDON — Robert Paul Clark, 80, of Brandon, died peacefully with his family by his side on July 28, 2009.
Born to Robert and Winona (Aunchman) Clark, on Aug 15, 1928, in Burlington, he was the eldest of eight children.
He joined the Navy in 1946 and was assigned to the Flagship USS Huntington CL107, Division 12. In 1950 he attended the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. He married Joy Bonneville of Isle La Motte in 1952.
His relatives say his passion for music and writing were the center of his life, and the love that he had for his five children, grandchildren and wife of 28 years were his greatest joys. They say in his younger years, the mentoring he received from Dr. Joseph F. Lechnyr was his growing guidance into becoming the talented and accomplished musician that he was.
Beyond being a musician, he had many work experiences from construction to nursing and teaching music.
His family says he had an immense love for nature and all the simple things in life. He enjoyed reading, writing, drawing, fishing, hiking, and playing music with his friends.
He is survived by son Steven Clark and his wife Lori of St. Johnsbury; son Kevin Clark and his wife Bonnie of Middlebury; daughter Bonnie Betourney and her husband Michael of Salisbury; daughter Darlene Thorpe and her husband Tim of Middlebury; daughter Paula Pockette and her husband Alfred of Salisbury; and former wife and the mother of his children, Joy Clark of Middlebury.
He is also survived by six brothers and sisters: Peter Clark of Inverness, Fla., Jack Clark of Fla., Larry Clark and his wife Judy of Burlington, Janice Tucker and her husband Ray of Granville, N.Y., Nancy Brigan and her husband John of Burlington, and Linda Stancil and her husband David of Colchester; 11 grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents and a sister, Mary Quinn of Scotia, N.Y.
A Christian service in celebration of his life will be held at the Brandon Baptist Church on Aug. 4 at 11 a.m.
Contributions may be made to the Brandon Volunteer Ambulance Association, Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center or the Brandon Baptist Church.
LINCOLN — Lucky Diamond of Lincoln died suddenly at the age of 72 on June 26, 2009.
He was born on Feb.14, 1937, in Washington, D.C., the son of Julius and Ida Diamond.
A cabinetmaker by trade, Lucky spent his adult life molding ordinary wood into things of beauty. Whether it be musical instruments, a wood carving or turning, fine furniture built from scratch or antiques repaired, his talent was endless.
Lucky was a devoted husband and father. Lucky was very community minded. He was an active member of the American Red Cross NVC, Lincoln Emergency manager and co-director of the Addison County CERT.
He is survived by his wife and lifelong partner, Louise F. Diamond; daughter Sherry D. Prather (Ken) of Gaithersburg, Md.; daughter Kimberly D. Hoff (Kirt) of Williston; and grandchildren, Christopher and Richard Prather and Katherine and Cameron Hoff.
Lucky was predeceased by daughter Tobey L. Diamond.
A memorial service is being held on Aug. 8, 2009, at 10 a.m. in the Mount Abraham Union High School auditorium in Bristol. For expressions of sympathy donations may be made in lieu of flowers to the American Red Cross Northern Vermont Chapter.
EAST SHOREHAM/MARION, Ill. — Mary Lance Osborn, 94, died Monday, June 15, 2009, at Parkway Manor in Marion, Ill.
She was born in Cabot on May 18, 1915. She was the daughter of Walter and Mamie (Bates) Lance.
She married Gordon Richmond Osborn on Dec. 26, 1946, in Vergennes. He died Jan. 27, 2003.
She was a graduate of Middlebury College and studied English under Robert Frost. She taught in the English department at Herrin (Ill.) High School for many years.
She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Herrin, Ill. Her family says she enjoyed singing with her friends at Parkway Estates and was an avid antique collector.
She is survived by two sons, Jim Osborn of Carterville, Ill., and Randy Osborn of Carbondale, Ill.; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband; a sister, Doris Hamel; and a brother, Elton Lance.
The graveside committal service and burial took place on Saturday, Aug. 1, at East Shoreham Cemetery.