Beryl Wiley Saunders

Beryl Wiley Saunders


Beryl Wiley Saunders of Bristol, Vermont, age 89, passed away peacefully on Friday, June 15, 2018, at The Arbors at Shelburne in Shelburne, VT.  She was born on January 4, 1929 in Ipswich, Massachusetts to Elmer A. and Ruby (Patterson) Wiley. She graduated from Ipswich High School and married William Elwell Saunders in 1948. They soon moved to Vermont and purchased a farm in New Haven, where they lived for many years. They later resided in Bristol.  She is survived by her husband William; seven children; Lee, William Dean (Gertrude), Alan (Diane), Thomas (Sibylle), Hal and Todd (Barbara) Saunders and Cheryl (Daniel) Heath; twelve grandchildren; Mary Ann Wood, Danielle Dygert, Stacy Sherman, Adam Heath, Miranda Rickert, Amanda, William Michael, Jason, Ross, Liz, Molly and Sophie Saunders. and eight great grandchildren.  She was predeceased by her grandson, Hal Saunders Jr.

Beryl worked for twenty years for Farm Credit until her retirement in 1991. She was an avid reader, devoted many years to researching her family genealogy, and will be remembered by all who knew her for a gentle spirit, quiet sense of humor and extreme kindness.

The family would like to extend our gratitude to the staff at The Arbors for the care and kindness shown to Beryl in the past months.

The family will hold a celebration of her life at a later date.  Contributions in Beryl’s memory may be made to Addison County Home Health & Hospice. To send online condolences to her family please visit


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