Edith Miller Kneeshaw, 100, of Panton
PANTON — Edith Miller Kneeshaw died peacefully at home on Jan. 17, 2021, in Panton, Vt. She was 100 years young and sharp as a tack until the end.
She was born Oct. 15, 1920, at home in New Britain, Conn., to William and Edith (Griffin) Miller. She spent her early life in New Britain with her parents and younger sister, enjoying first the Roaring ’20s, then living through the Great Depression and WWII. She worked for 12 years at New Britain Machine in the bookkeeping department.
In 1954 she married William Kneeshaw of Panton and they enjoyed 50 years together. Though a city girl, she became a true farmer’s wife, learning to garden, drive a tractor, hay and milk cows. Edith raised two daughters and with her family she enjoyed Vermont winters by downhill skiing and ice-skating. Summers found them camping all over the U.S.A. and spending lots of time enjoying Lake Champlain, swimming and boating.
Her lifelong love of traveling took her to every state in the lower 48 and Hawaii. She visited many countries in Europe, enjoyed cruises in the Caribbean, and one of the highlights of her life was visiting the South Pacific and Australia.
The focus of her life was her God, Jehovah. In 1941 she was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and spent almost 80 years sharing her faith.
Edith was predeceased by her husband Bill in 2005 and her sister Gertrude Cook in 2018. Surviving are her daughters, Rebekah (Jim) Condon of Panton, their children Rhiannon and Griffin, and Edith (John) Budaj of Panton and their son Anders of Whitehall, N.Y.
Arrangements are by Stephen C. Gregory and Son in South Burlington. A full obituary can be seen on their website: gregorycremation.com. A memorial service will be held on Jan. 30, 2021, using Zoom.◊
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