Marjorie L. Covey died, after a long battle with colon cancer, ather home in Middlebury, VT, on September 20th, 2013, just 4 days shy of her94th birthday. Born in WestBrattleboro, VT, to Justin and Myrtle (Briggs) Dix, Marge was a multi-generation Vermonter. She grew up the only girl among 8siblings in the Dix family.
A graduate ofBrattleboro High School and Castleton State College, Marge obtained her teacher’s certificate and initiallytaught grades 1 through 8 in a one room school house in Barnard, VT. This wasfollowed by several years at The Academy School in West Brattleboro, VT, whereshe taught 5th grade, alongside some of those who had previously taught her. Althoughher full time teaching career ended with her marriage to Wilton W. (Bud) Covey,M.D. on June 16th, 1944, she continued to substitute teach from time to timefor many years.
She also enjoyedmany church and community volunteer activities, highlights of which includedMilton PTA, the Middlebury chapter of United Methodist Women, Elderly Services/ProjectIndependence, Counseling Service of Addison County (where she served as amember of the Board of Directors for several years), and Sheldon Museum, where she was a docent/tourguide. She was a member of the Middlebury United Methodist Church for the last47 years of her life.
After the DaytonAccords ended the Bosnian War the previous fall, Marge and her husband traveledin the spring of 1996, to a small Muslim community in Bosnia with Volunteers inMission. This trip, dedicated to rebuilding and restoring homes damaged ordestroyed by that war, was a physically and emotionally demanding experience,given her age of 76 years. But it proved tremendously rewarding and inretrospect she always viewed it as one of the most significant events of herlife. She was active subsequently in facilitating the settlement of severalBosnian families in the Middlebury area.
Marge and Budcelebrated their 69th wedding anniversary this past summer. Her primary focusand her greatest pride was always her family, and she devoted the majority ofher life and energy to the care and development of all its members. Her sons, Alan and Eric, alongwith their wives, Wendy and Helen, live in Middlebury. Laird and his wife Marcylive in Poland, ME and Pittsford, VT, and Mark and his wife, Judy, live inExeter, NH. She took special joy in her 8 grandchildren - Ethan (and wife ElizaStamps), Wesley, Justin, Erin, Chris, Cara, Kelly and Casey. She waspre-deceased by her seven brothers, Millington, Harvey, Bernard, Kelly,Wendell, Chester and Jerold, as well as her son Ross, who died in infancy.
A memorialservice will be held at a future date at the Middlebury United MethodistChurch. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Elderly Services/ProjectIndependence (P.O. Box 581, Middlebury,VT 05753) or Addison County Home Healthand Hospice (P.O. Box 754, Middlebury, VT 05753).