Ruth (Irish) Morrow, 92, a beloved lifelong resident of Shelburne, passed away on May 21. She attended both the Old School and New Palmer Schools as well as Shelburne High School. After joining the WAVES during WWII, she returned to Shelburne as a bookkeeper for Shelburne Co-operative Creamery. In 1947 she married Rufus Morrow and they had three children, Christine, Fred, and Stuart.

Ruth was very active in Shelburne, serving as auditor, ballot clerk, and on the Cemetery Commission. In addition, she was treasurer of Chittenden South School District until her retirement and was a member of the Trinity Episcopal Church, The Green Mountain Doll Club, The DAR and The General Society of Mayflower Descendants, to name a few organizations to which she belonged.

She was predeceased by her husband, Rufus Morrow, in 1998, and a daughter, Christine Giard, in 1991. Ruth is survived by a brother, Wilmot Irish of Shelburne, her sons Fred Morrow and his wife Dee of Addison, and Stuart Morrow of Shelburne, grandchildren James Morrow of Monkton, Julie Bushnell of Hyde Park, Kate Morrow and her husband Bo Curtis of Cambridge, Tyler Morrow of Somerville, Mass., great-grandchildren Casey Morrow and his wife Haley Morrow of Bristol, Chelsea Bushnell, Christopher Bushnell, and Callie Bushnell of Hyde Park, and great-great-grandson Ezra Morrow of Bristol.

Ruth was buried with full military honors last week at the Shelburne Cemetery. In addition, Town Hall was closed during the service so that staff could pay their respects to Ruth. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be sent to the American Diabetes Association in her name.

Claire Marie Bernier, 79, of Shelburne, VT, passed away May 22. She was born on September 17, 1936 to the late Alphonse and Therese (Lefebvre) Doyon, in Stanstead Canada. She was the oldest of seven children and had one brother and five sisters. She married Paul Bernier on September 15, 1956. Together they moved from Canada to Newport, VT in 1956; then Burlington, VT in 1965; then settled in Shelburne, VT, in 1974, where they lived for more than forty years. She was a dual citizen as she proudly obtained her US Citizenship in 1985.

Claire played a strategic part in the Cursillo movement in Vermont during the 1970s and wrote their monthly newsletter for twenty years. She was an institution at St. Catherine of Siena Parish where she worked as secretary for eighteen years, guiding and assisting five pastors. Prior to working at St. Catherine’s, Claire worked at Shelburne Middle School. She received a Distinguished Service Award for her work as an aide to children with special needs. She cared deeply for her students, and continued to share their stories years later.

Claire’s ability to craft translated into many beautiful banners for the church and gifts for her family. She had hidden musical talent and could play both piano and guitar. She enjoyed gardening, traveling, and serving God. She loved to share milestones reached by her children and grandchildren. She will be remembered for helping others, her meticulous housekeeping and organizational skills, her blueberry cake, and of course, her meat pie.

Claire is survived by her husband, Paul; her children: Denis “Number 1” and his partner Wendy Fleury; Mark “Number 2” and his wife, Shelley (Crawford); and Neil “Number 3” and his wife, Jaime (Kessler). She is also survived by six grandchildren: Thomas, Ashton, Jake, Brittyn, Riley, and Tristan; and great-granddaughter, Acadia.

Visitation hours will be on June 3rd from 9am to 11am at Corbin & Palmer in Shelburne, VT followed by a Funeral Mass at 11:30am at St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Shelburne. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Vermont, 300 Cornerstone Drive Suite 130, Williston, VT 05495, or online at

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