Janet Belle (Clark) Tilden
East Thetford, Vt. — Janet Belle (Clark) Tilden, 74, died Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013. She was born Oct. 17, 1938. in Ware, Mass., to William and Ruth (Callahan) Clark.
Janet was predeceased by her parents, a brother Robert Clark (in infancy), her sister Ruth Colby, her brother in-law Dan Roberts, and her beloved granddaughter, Jasmine Elizabeth Rogers.
Janet is survived by her three children, Wayne Tilden of Vershire, Vt., and his wife Cindy, Karen (Tilden) Rogers of Plainfield, N.H. and her husband Allen, and Kendra (Tilden) Waterbury of East Thetford, Vt., and her husband Patrick; and her cherished grandchildren, Robert Tilden, Clinton Tilden, Sierra Rogers, Hannah Waterbury and Hunter Waterbury. She also leaves behind their father and grandfather, Karl Tilden Jr. of Thetford, Vt., her sisters, Marcia Dixson of Plant City, Fla. and her husband Alan “Clarence”, Verna Roberts of West Fairlee, Vt. and Beverly Dexter and her husband Kenneth of West Fairlee. Also her favored cousin Richard Rohan and his wife Marty of Ware, as well as many many nieces and nephews.
Janet moved to Lyme, N.H., with her family when she was 15. She attended and graduated from Orford High School in 1956. She married Karl Tilden, Jr. on Dec. 31, 1960. She and Karl eventually made their home in East Thetford, where they built the house they raised their family in.
Janet will always be remembered for her deep love of family, friends, and her active involvement in her community, her church, the Friendly Class, and Young Mothers Club. Janet was an accomplished bowler and enjoyed many years on the “Breakfast Specials” team “Hominy Grits.” She will also be hugely missed at the Thetford Hill Post Office, where she worked for many years, (not to mention her yearly baking of Christmas cookies for her postal customers!). She also enjoyed watching Ox-Pulling at local fairs, square dancing, and time spent with friends playing Kismet, Rack-o, Phase 10, and later Ms. Pac-Man!
She was a wonderful cook and spent many hours cooking favorite meals for family holidays and birthdays. Her Sticky Bun recipe was a “must have” at all gatherings, however, her grandchildren always expected a batch of her scratch-made chocolate sauce to top off their ice cream!
Janet enjoyed attending as many of her grandchildren’s sporting events as she could. Be it soccer, baseball, ice hockey, basketball, Saturday nights at the races, 4-H cattle shows, and all varieties of school performances, she was always their biggest fan.
She liked to travel, but her true love was York, Maine. She enjoyed many trips there with family and her “Sea Shore Sisters.” She was always sure to walk the Marginal Way in Ogunquit, Maine, each time she was there. She especially enjoyed the “Lighting” of the Nubble Lighthouse each summer.
Janet fought a courageous fight during the last month of her life, when she was able to remain at home with all three of her children caring for her. She was able to spend many hours with friends and family. We were very blessed to be able to be at her side, holding her hands and telling her of our love for her as she passed.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: Hospice of VT/NH, PO Box 976, White River Jct. VT 05001. Ricker Funeral Home of Lebanon, N.H., is taking care of the arrangements. Messages of sympathy for the family can be shared at www.rickerfuneralhome.com.
Calling Hours will be held at her home on Cadwell Road, in East Thetford, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Funeral will be held at the Fairlee Community Church, Fairlee, Vt., on Sunday Oct. 6, 2013, at 1 p.m. with burial at the North Thetford Cemetery immediately following, then on to Janet’s home on Cadwell Rd. East Thetford, to celebrate her life.