ENOSBURG FALLS: Marian C. Wetherbee, our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend, passed away with her family by her side on Tuesday, May 9, 2023, at the age of 97.
She was born in Enosburg Falls on June 24, 1925, the daughter of the late Fay and Belle (Fairbanks) Carpenter. Marian grew up on the Carpenter family farm in East Enosburgh, graduated from Enosburg Falls High School, class of 1943, and followed her dream to become a teacher graduating from Johnson Teacher College in 1945. She taught in the very same one-room schoolhouse she attended in East Enosburgh that included eight grades. Her teaching career also took her to Greensboro Bend, Bakersfield, East Enosburgh, and Enosburg Falls, often stating, “I just loved every minute of it.”
Marian married Manley Wetherbee on December 29, 1946, and purchased their own dairy farm in East Berkshire. In 1956, they moved to Enosburg Falls where they owned and operated Wetherbee & Leach Farm Supply. While raising four children and teaching, Marian transitioned into the bookkeeper and secretary for their ultimate endeavor—Wetherbee’s Hardware Store. Throughout her life, she also enjoyed catering with her son and family. In their golden years, Marian and Manley looked forward to their winters in Winter Haven, FL, and their summers in VT, especially at their camp on Lake Carmi. Regardless of where they were, she was active in her community, volunteering for the Enosburg Dairy Festival, and the Florida Citrus Festival, and was a member of the LVIS- Ladies Village Improvement Society, Red Hat Society, Enosburgh Grange, and the Enosburgh Historical Society. Marian had a social, fun-loving personality, and was most happy when engaging and chatting with people, and children— she always had a smile and a kind words.
She is survived by a son, Bill Wetherbee (Julie Marshall) of Alburgh.
Grandson, Michael Wetherbee (Kara) of Howell, MI; great-granddaughters, Betsy, and Trudie.
Granddaughter, Dr. Katie Wetherbee Houghton (Josh) of Manchester, NH; great-grandsons, Wesley, Trevor.
Daughter, Ann Green, of Winter Haven, FL.
Granddaughter, Amy Larivee-Eldridge of Swanton; great-granddaughter, Sydni Anair (Alex Choiniere); great-grandson, Garrett Eldridge; great-great-granddaughter, McKinley Choiniere.
Granddaughter, Tina Bell (Josh) of Winter Haven, FL; great-grandchildren, Kendall, Julia, Chelsea, Grant.
Grandson, Brian Green (Amanda) of Enosburg; great-grandchildren Alex, Clinton.
Son, Bob Wetherbee (Dianna), of Winter Haven, FL
Granddaughter, Calista Roussos of Tampa, FL; great-grandchildren, Demetri, Guilianna.
Granddaughter, Amanda Schiebel (Pete) of Lakeland, FL; great-grandsons, Austin, Ethan.
Granddaughter, Emilie Roberts (Doug) of Ellenton, FL, great-grandsons Carsen, Cameron.
She is also survived by her brother, Roy Carpenter (Linda); sister-in-law, Alyda Carpenter; special cousin, Dianne Carpenter Tibbits; cousin, Charles Carpenter (Pat), and Jean Macy (Bob); and many nieces and nephews. Although we are missing her, we know that she is reunited with the family that has predeceased her including her parents, Fay & Belle Carpenter; husband, Manley Wetherbee; son, Gary Wetherbee; brothers, George, and Carty Carpenter; brothers-in-law, Ted Wetherbee & Marilyn, and Merwyn Wetherbee; and nephew, Dale Wetherbee.
Family and friends are invited to Marian’s Life Celebration events including a visitation on Friday, June 23, 2023, from 4-7 pm and a funeral service on her first heavenly birthday, Saturday, June 24, 2023, at 3 pm at the Goss-Spears Life Celebration Home, 96 Dickinson Ave., Enosburg Falls, VT 05450. Interment will follow in the West Enosburgh Cemetery.
For those who wish, contributions in Marian’s memory may be made to support a scholarship to a student pursuing a career in education to the Luc Gates Foundation, 2443 Sampsonville Road, Enosburg Falls, VT 05450.
In honor of Marian, do a good deed for someone in need just as she always did.
Condolences, photos, and favorite memories may be shared through www.gossfs.com