Mary Frances Chapman, 63, of Middlebury


MIDDLEBURY — Mary Frances Chapman, 63, passed away unexpectedly on May 2, 2024, after suffering from a stroke.

Mary was born on July 19, 1960, in Middlebury, Vt., the daughter of John and Shirley Chapman. She attended both Vergennes and Middlebury Union High Schools, graduating from MUHS in 1979. Additionally, Mary took courses at both Champlain College and the Community College of Vermont.

Through much of her life Mary dealt with managing her mental health and substance addiction, as she was very committed to her wellness. In the last decade she was able to use her experiences to become a strong advocate for those struggling with issues like poverty and housing insecurity. During that time she became a member of the Community Bridges project through CSAC. She also served on the board at John Graham Shelter.

Mary also found a love for painting, most specifically in paint pouring. She had goals to turn her passion into a profession, and dreamed of exhibiting her pieces someday. Mary also loved gardening and sitting on her front porch listening to the birds and feeding the squirrels.

Mary was predeceased her mother, Shirley Chapman. She is survived by her father, John Chapman of Addison; two daughters, Amy Fitzsimmons of Hinesburg, and Christina Chapman of Kannapolis, N.C.; three sisters, Peggy Chapman and Michelle Provencher of Huntersville, N.C., and Maddy Martell of Lincoln; brothers, Michael Chapman of Hancock, and Mark Chapman of Addison; her beloved grandchildren, Jules, Zoë, Wilder, and Niko; her nieces, Bridgette Sheppard and Rachel Chapman; nephews, Douglas Burnham Junior and Dale Provencher; three great nephews, and two great nieces.

Mary’s family invites you to join them for a celebration of her life. They will be gathering at the Middlebury Recreation Center at 154 Creek Road on Saturday, July 20, from 11 to 1 p.m. ◊


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