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Winifred J. "Winnie" Royce


Thursday, January 11, 2018

Chelsea, Vt. — Winifred J. “Winnie” Royce, 95, died Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, at her home in Chelsea. She was born March 24, 1922, in North Ferrisburgh, Vt., the daughter of Mac B. and Hope (Abbott) Royce.

She grew up in South Washington, Vt. and attended school in Chelsea, where she graduated in 1940 from Chelsea High School. She also graduated in 1942 from Lyndon State College in Lyndonville, Vt. Following college she taught school a few years at the Washington Village School and the Cookville School in Corinth, Vt.

Following the death of her mother in 1947, she returned home to help her father raise her three younger brothers and help manage the household. In 1960 she became the Chelsea town librarian. She was instrumental in establishing the Chelsea High School Library. In 1967 she started working in the school library. She enjoyed her many years of working with the Chelsea school children. In 2013 the newly renovated library was dedicated to her, for her 27 years of service to the school.

She enjoyed, attending the United Church of Chelsea, where she was a member, and hosting bible study groups in her home.

She is survived by two brothers, Rufus Royce and his wife, Nancy and William Royce and his wife, Pat all of Chelsea; and several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews. She was predeceased by a brother, Harry Royce and a sister, Lucy Rodgers.

There are no public calling hours. A funeral service will be held Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018, at 2 p.m. at the United Church of Chelsea with Pastor Carolyn Peake officiating.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to either, United Church of Chelsea, P.O. Box 98, Chelsea, VT 05038 or the Chelsea Public library, P.O. Box 67, Chelsea, VT 05038.

A private message of sympathy for the family can be shared at www.boardwayandcilley.com. The Boardway and Cilley Funeral Home, Chelsea is in charge of arrangements.