Sandra M. Driscoll, 77, of Vergennes


VERGENNES — If you haven’t picked up a book in a while, take a moment and visit your local library. Learn about someone else’s story in memory of Sandra Driscoll of Vergennes, Vt., who passed on Aug. 25, 2021.

Sandy was born in Middlebury, Vt., on April 27, 1944, and spent much of her childhood living at Tilton School in Tilton, N.H., where her father taught chemistry. She experienced the bustle of students while living in their family apartment in the residence halls and eating in the dining hall. Her childhood summers were spent at the Slack family camp on Hawkins Bay in Ferrisburgh, Vt., and later at their family summer house in Meredith, N.H., playing with, and teasing, her younger brother Gerry. She graduated from high school in Dover, N.H., and attended the University of New Hampshire before moving to Burlington, Vt.

Sandy married William Driscoll in 1969 and settled in Newburyport, Mass., where she lived for more than 35 years. As the mother of five children, Sandy was busy with school and community activities for many years, volunteering for everything from PTA to Girl Scouts. She was a lover of books. Her experience volunteering in school libraries led her to work in the children’s room at the Merrimac Public Library in Merrimac, Mass., for many years. Her specialty was creating craft projects for children of all ages.

As her children moved on to college, she began a period of exploring her own interests. She studied American Sign Language and English at Northern Essex Community College and received her Associates Degree. Sandy loved to travel, and visited many areas of New England, from Cape Cod to Maine, open to whatever adventures she would encounter.

Throughout her life Sandy loved Vermont and was thrilled to move to Vergennes in 2006. She spent time renovating her great-grandfather’s house, volunteering in the children’s room at the Bixby Memorial Free Library and serving as an active member of the Vergennes United Methodist Church. Sandy loved spending time with her family and found great joy in the beauty and peace of the family camp on Hawkins Bay.

She was predeceased by her parents, Herbert and Dorothy (Slack) Zickler. She is survived by her children; Bill, Amy, Heather and her husband Jeff, Erin and her husband Brian, and Dan; grandchildren Katie, Sam, Charlotte, Grace, Noah, and Aidan; brother Gerry and her nephews Ken and his wife Alina, and Andy, along with four great nieces and nephews.

Those wishing to remember Sandy are invited to donate to the Sandy Driscoll Memorial Fund for the Bixby Memorial Library in Vergennes, Vt. ( Please contact the library and let them know that the donation should go to this fund.◊

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