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Frances Bryant Ladd

Chelsea, Vt. — Frances Bryant Ladd, 96, of Chelsea, died peacefully at her home on Monday, Dec. 10, 2012.

Born March 31, 1916, in the house where she lived most of her life, she was the only daughter of Harry and Marion (Camp) Bryant. Frances was a graduate of Chelsea High School, Bay Path Institute in Springfield, Mass. and Plymouth State College in Plymouth, N.H., where she earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees.

She was secretary to the sales manager of Rock of Ages Corporation for six years, a secretary in the law offices of Stanley C. Wilson and F. Ray Keyser, business education teacher at Chelsea High School for 26 1/2 years, and business education teacher at Spaulding High School in Barre for 10 years. Many former students continued to stay in touch with her long after they had her in school. Additionally over the years, she had been a part-time court stenographer, dispatcher and secretary at the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, substitute postal carrier for the Star Route, and typist for various authors and businesses in the area.

She was a member of the United Church of Chelsea and Delta Kappa Gamma, an honorary society for educators. For 10 years in the 50’s and 60’s she directed the Little Theater Group and the Chelsea Hometowners. Her love of learning was evident throughout her long life. She enjoyed dancing, traveling, reading, and trying new restaurants. Her family always came first.

Frances is survived by her son, Charlie and his wife, Susan of Chelsea; her granddaughter, Jill Sweet and her husband, Sidney Sweet, Jr. of Williamstown, Vt.; her great grandchildren, Caleb and Ciera Sweet; and nieces and nephews. Frances was predeceased by her husband, Donnie; her son, Steve; and her companion, Bill Scott.

At her request, there will be a private family graveside service at the family’s convenience.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in the Ladd name to the Chelsea Public Library, P.O. Box 67, Chelsea, Vt. 05038. Arrangements are under the direction of the Boardway & Cilley Funeral Home in Chelsea.