Obituaries

Alex “Axel” John Priest
– Hinesburg
Alex crossed the Start/Finish line at the gates of Heaven on Dec. 23, 2013, after a 12-year battle with multiple strokes. A celebration of Alex’s life will take place on Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, at the Charlotte Senior Center, 212 Ferry Rd., Charlotte, Vt., from 5:30 to 9:30pm. All who knew Alex are invited to attend. Come share a favorite story and for those who cannot attend but would like to share a story, please email it to priest177@morrisville.edu. A private burial with be held on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, at the Underhill Cemetery, Underhill, Vt.

Rayelen Prouty Moore
– Charlotte
Rayelen Prouty Moore, 90, died July 20, 2014. She graduated from Hartford (Conn.) High School, and from UVM in 1945 where she was a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority. She was a member of the Klifa Club. She was predeceased by her husband, Stephen; and leaves a son, Stephen of South Burlington; daughters, Ronda of Boston and South Burlington, and Chandler of San Francisco, Calif.; sister, Ronda Burgess of Keene, N.H.; and four grandchildren. There will be a memorial service in the fall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Red Cross, PO Box 4002018, Des Moines, IA 50340-2018.

Nancy N. McFarland
– Rye, N.H.
Nancy N. McFarland, 79, of Rye, N.H., and Longboat Key, Fla., passed away on Saturday, July 26, 2014, surrounded by her family, at Portsmouth Regional Hospital, after her valiant battle with cancer. She was born Oct. 29, 1934, in Bristol, Vt., a daughter of the late Ridley J. and Rina (Jimmo) Norton. Nancy attended Bristol public schools before moving to Middlebury, Vt., where she worked as a nurse at Porter Hospital. On Nov. 2, 1955, she married Henry O. McFarland in the Middlebury College Chapel and shortly after Hank’s graduation, the couple moved to Rye, N.H., where they raised their family and resided until the time of her death. Nancy was an accomplished artisan. She enjoyed knitting and needlepoint and within the past 10 years she learned the art of basket weaving.  She also loved her garden, the arts, and cooking. She was a loyal friend to many, outspoken and generous of heart; she was very supportive of her children and grandchildren, following their pursuits and passions with great pride. She was a generous supporter of the causes she loved, which included many environmental and artistic organizations. Among her survivors is a sister, Elizabeth McKinnon of Hinesburg. In lieu of flowers, donations in Nancy’s name may be made to the NHSPCA, PO Box 196, Stratham, NH 03885, www.nhspca.org/ category-s/51.htm; or the Southeast Land Trust of NH, 12 Center St., 2nd Floor, Exeter, NH 03833, www.seltnh.org/index.php /donate/become-a- member. A celebration of Nancy’s life is also being planned for late November on Longboat Key, Fla., with the date and time to be announced.

Linda Jean Busier
– Weybridge
Linda Jean Busier, age 72, died Friday, July 25, 2014, at her home in Weybridge. Linda was born in Port Henry, N.Y., on June 11, 1942, the daughter of Sherman and Marjorie (Glover) Childs. She grew up in Port Henry where she received her early education. She has been a resident of Weybridge for the past 48 years. She had served the town as the first woman selectman. She was a past member of the Green Mountain Doll Club, The Middlebury Woman’s Club, and belonged to The Red Hat Society in Middlebury. Among her survivors is her mother-in-law Beulah Busier of Hinesburg. Memorial gifts, in lieu of flowers, may be made in her memory to the Weybridge Town Hall Restoration Fund, c/o Scott Wales, 1727 Quaker Village Road, Weybridge, VT 05753.

Harold Norton Trombley
– Bristol
Harold Norton Trombley, 81, died peacefully Saturday, July 26, 2014, in the Vermont Respite House in Williston. Harold, “Hal,” or “Halbert,” as he was known to family and friends, spent the beginning and end of his life in Bristol. He attended Bristol High School, where he met his wife and life partner, Ruth Murphy. After high school, he spent four years in the US Navy as an aerial photographer, which took him all over the world. He returned to Vermont, and to Ruth, and got his bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont. After a variety of jobs, he landed at IBM, where he spent nearly three decades in the purchasing department before retiring. He and Ruth raised four sons in Hinesburg; Mike, Jeff, Matt and Chris. His boys were his pride and joy (though the Boston Red Sox and New York Giants were a close second), and he raised them to be hardworking, loyal, and funny. The family dynamic was one of life, laughter, and a lot of ribbing. There was never a shortage of jokes, pranks, and lively family get-togethers. The Trombley’s faced a tragic loss six years ago, with the untimely death of son/brother, Jeff, and another loss last year with the sudden death of Ruth, the heart and nucleus of the family. Hal never truly recovered; in many ways his spirit died with her, and his health soon followed suit. After 56 years of marriage, four children, and four grandchildren, he was lost without her. In his final months, Hal knew he was loved. His family was by his side, as were his friends and neighbors in Bristol, who checked in on him often. He was cared for by the wonderful nurses at Addison County Home Health, and watched over lovingly by Ruth’s dear friend, Jean Tudhope. He leaves behind his three sons; three daughters-in-law, Mylinda Trombley, Patti Trombley, and Anya Huneke; and four grandchildren, Brittney, Thomas, Nora, and Emmett. In lieu of flowers, donations should be sent to Addison County Home Health or Vermont Respite House.