Rebecca Mary Larrabee
Rebecca Mary Larrabee passed away at her home on May 14, 2016. She was born on June 2, 1928 to Guy and Rose (Hart) Blaise. On this day, Guy and Rose also had 2 other children born. Joining Becky were Robert and Roger Blaise. The babies were the first recorded set of triplets born in Vermont, each weighing in at over 6 pounds as the family story has been told! Becky was raised in Bristol, and moved to Vergennes when she married William Harry Larrabee on July 19, 1947 where she spent the rest of her life. They were married for 67 years until his death in 2014.
Becky’s pride and joy was the birth of her son, William Guy Larrabee in 1948. She was a doting mother. In Billy’s adult life, Becky truly enjoyed traveling with him and his wife whenever possible. Unfortunately, tragedy struck in July of 1999, and Billy died in his mother’s arms after coming into the house after having been stung by bees while mowing.
Becky worked at Simmonds Precision in Vergennes in the late 1950s and early 1960s, until giving birth to her second child, June. In June’s teenage years, they worked together at Kampersville running the recreation building. Becky was an avid sports fan, and could be found at most of June’s athletic competitions throughout high school and college. She later greatly enjoyed following the Boston Red Sox and would sit up late at night watching them on TV.
Becky was not only predeceased by her husband and son, but by all of her siblings as well (infant Lucius and toddler Robert, triplet Roger, older brothers Hubert and Leonard, and her only sister Bernadette [Cousino]). From her brothers and sisters, she was blessed with many nieces and nephews and their extended families, most of whom were able to visit Aunt Becky in her final days. Surviving Becky is her daughter June (Larrabee) Sargent, her devoted daughter-in-law Mae (Stone) Larrabee who was her caregiver for many years, and her grandaughter Lynn and Lynn’s family. She is also survived by her husband’s extended family and his brother Joseph Hanley.
A private family service was held on May 16. Appreciation is extended to Addison County Home Health and Hospice Inc., and Hospice Volunteer Services for their support in allowing Becky to remain in her home. Contributions to either of these agencies in Middlebury, VT is encouraged in her memory.