Gertrude Ouellette Sherlock

Tunbridge, Vt. — Gertrude Ouellette Sherlock, 87, a long time resident of Tunbridge passed away Sunday evening, Dec. 2, 2012, at Brookside Nursing Home in Wilder, Vt. after a brief convalescence there.

She was born in Amesbury, Mass. on Sept. 4, 1925, the daughter of Ludgar A. and Dora (LaMontagne) Ouellette. Gertrude moved to Tunbridge with her family at a young age. She was raised on a dairy farm with her four siblings, Connie, Jackie, Caroline and John. She attended grade school at the #3 School on Potash Hill Road and graduated from South Royalton High School in South Royalton, Vt. She later attended nursing school. She met and soon got engaged to Robert Sherlock, being swept off her feet by his marriage proposal while on top of the ferris wheel at the Tunbridge World’s Fair. Robert and Gertrude set up their household at the Invermay Farm on Spring Road where they raised their five children, Jim, Margaret, Mike, Dale and Phil.

Gertrude loved gardening, literature, ancient and biblical history, all things Irish and was a jack-of-all trades housewife that could do it all. And she never missed a good sale.

In 1974, she went back to college, majoring in early childhood development and graduated from Norwich University in Northfield, Vt., making the Dean’s list six times. For the remainder of her working career she was a kindergarten teacher in South Royalton.

Gertrude happily lived her last 10 years in her dream log home on Spring Road in Tunbridge.

She is survived by four children; seven grandchildren; and two great grandchildren who remember her fondly. She is predeceased by her husband, Robert Sherlock; a son, Michael Sherlock; and a sister, Jackie Edmunds.

A memorial service will be held at the Tunbridge Congregational Church in Tunbridge, at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012. In lieu of flowers, please make donation to the Tunbridge Food Shelve, c/o Euclid Farnham, 24 The Crossroad, Tunbridge, Vt. 05077 and make a thoughtful act of kindness for an elderly neighbor.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Boardway & Cilley Funeral Home in Chelsea, VT.