Millicent Page Bushnell
Hancock, Vt. — Millicent Page Bushnell, 92, died Sunday, June 23, 2013, at Johnson’s Care Home in Hancock. She was born Sept. 1, 1920 in Fitchburg, Mass.
Milli, the daughter of Christine Fyfe Dempsey Page and Leonard Page, spent her youth in the Warren, Mass. area and moved, with her family, to Brattleboro, Vt. in 1938, her senior year of high school. After graduating from High School she was employed by Jason E. Bushnell in the Bushnell Family Grocery business. She married J. Paul Bushnell in 1941 and, after his military service in World War II, formed a partnership for the family business which lasted 25 years, until the business was sold in 1971, and Paul and Millicent retired. They moved to Woodstock, Vt. in answer to an SOS from a general store damaged by fire. They accepted a temporary managerial position at F.H. Gillingham & Sons. 20 years later, Millicent retired (again) from her association with Gillingham’s.
During her Brattleboro years she was active in the Women’s Evening club, Women’s Evening Club bowling league, the Elks ladies bowling group and the Spofford Yacht Club. She held offices in these various organizations and assisted her husband with indoor and outdoor catering; lake-side and mountain-top.
She was a long time member of the Hartford Emblem Club # 150 where she served as President. She was Past President of the Vermont State Association of Emblem Clubs and held various offices at the national level of Emblem Club. She was instrumental in establishing a scholarship program for both the Hartford Emblem Club and the Vermont Grocer’s Association.
For many years she served as a Director of the Vermont Grocers’ Association; in 1986, becoming that Association’s first woman to be elected to Chairman of the Board. She also served as a Director of the Associated Grocer’s of New England, a cooperative wholesale grocery business. During her tenure as Chairman of the Vermont Grocer’s Association, she was honored with the “Spirit of America” Award, presented by the National Grocer’s Association. She also received the “Carl Smith Memorial” Award for excellence in service to her fellow members.
Millicent was predeceased by her parents; a brother, Ernest; her husband, J. Paul Bushnell in 1974; her long-time companion, Thomas Arrison in 1988; and by one of Thomas’ daughters.
She is survived by one brother, Malcolm of Shalimar, Florida; son, Russell and his wife, Susan, of Rochester, Vt., son, Ronald and his wife, Mary, of Johnson, Vt.; one granddaughter, Holli Bushnell of Great Barrington, Mass.; and various nieces and nephews and their spouses and families. She is also survived by a blended family of Arrisons who remained dear to her; Tom’s sons, daughters and their children and grandchildren.
A special thank you to the residents and staff at Johnson’s Care Home and Bayada Hospice who provided exceptional, compassionate and loving company and care for Milli for the last 21 months,
At Milli’s request, there will be no calling hours. Private burial will be at the Hall Burial ground in Woodstock at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hartford Emblem Club # 150 Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 68, Hartford, VT 05047. Online condolences may be left at www.dayfunerals.com.