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Obituary: Reta Jones Bean, 1938-2018

Published November 6, 2018 at 5:30 a.m.
Updated November 6, 2018 at 10:34 a.m.

Reta Jones Bean
  • Reta Jones Bean


Reta Jones Bean of Burlington, Vt., passed away on Sunday, November 4, 2018, with the comfort of her family by her side.

Reta was born in Montpelier on January 3, 1938, to Merritt and Carrie (Mobus) Jones. She married David Bean in Waterbury on June 17, 1961.

Reta grew up in Warren. She graduated from Waterbury High School in 1956. Upon graduating from Johnson State College in 1960, Reta had a successful teaching career in Moretown, Bridgewater, Woodstock, Vergennes and Colchester elementary schools. As a primary school teacher, she was especially proud of and excited to help students become confident readers.

After retiring in 1991, Reta and Dave divided their retirement years between Venice, Fla., and Burlington. Reta’s interests included craft work, a Bible study class and volunteering to help Our Mother’s House. She was always willing to help those in need, helping to provide friends and “shut-ins” with dinners and desserts.

Reta’s life centered around her family. She was most proud to be called Mom and Gram or Grammie. While playing, working on a project, or just listening to her children and grandchildren, Reta presented a kind and caring nature — one her family loved, respected and tried to emulate. She and Dave enjoyed traveling, with special memories of Hawaii, Alaska, Route 66, Caribbean cruises and Colonial Williamsburg. Family trips to Florida and Maine were filled with fond memories. Reta also had joyful times camping, trout fishing and storytelling around a campfire with extended family members in the Vermont National Forest.

She was predeceased by her parents, Merritt (Bing) and Carrie Jones; and her siblings, Robert, Orvie, Jean and Tina, along with their spouses.

Reta is survived by her husband Dave of 57-plus years; two daughters and sons-in-law: Brenda and Charles Hartshorn-Wallace of Duxbury, Vt., and Deborah and John Averill of Burlington, Vt.; and one son and daughter-in-law: Anthony and Jessica Bean of Glastonbury, Conn. She is also survived by six grandchildren: Tyler Hartshorn and his wife, Jennifer; Caitlyn Hartshorn; William Murphy; Amanda Averill; Anthony Jr.; and Cameron Bean; as well as one great-grandson, Kai Hartshorn.

A memorial service will be held at St. Mark’s Roman Catholic Church in Burlington on Saturday, November 17, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Catholic Charities, Our Mothers’ House, 405 Manatee Court, Venice, FL 34285. A committal service will be held at the Warren Community Cemetery on Sunday, November 18, at 1:30 p.m. Special thanks to Home, Health and Hospice; Dr. Rippa; and “Dr. Lucy” for the care and compassion shown to Reta and her family.

The family is assisted by Elmwood-Meunier Funeral Home.

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