2006-05-17 / Obituaries

Helen Adele Snyder Gilmore

Helen Adele Snyder Gilmore, age 77 of Wallingford, VT passed away on May 4, 2006 at her residence.

She was the only child of William and Helen Adele Synder born January 2, 1929 in Cold Spring, New York

A graduate of Haldane High School, Cold Spring in 1946, Mrs. Gilmore went on to work for many years in the corporate offices of Texaco.

Mrs. Gilmore was active as a Sunday School teacher and Youth leader and a Deacon in the Presbyterian Church in Cold Spring.

She married Richard Lee Gilmore of Tinmouth, Vermont, on March 11, 1967 in the Cold Spring Methodist Church. They purchased a home in South Wallingford and had resided there for many years.

Mrs. Gilmore was a member of the Poultney United Methodist Church. As a very active member of the United Methodist Women, she served as the Adirondack District President, Vice President, Secretary, and Chair of Nominations. She served on the Troy Conference Board of Global Ministries as the Health and Welfare Chairperson and Board Secretary. She participated in VIM Mission Trips to the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference, as well as many other places throughout the years.

As a Certified Lay Speaker, Helen Gilmore preached in many area pulpits, and lead Basic and Advance training courses in the Vermont and New York United Methodist Churches. Her musical skills were shared as organist in many of the same churches for Sunday services, weddings and special events.

Helen was active in her community in the Ladies Aid, on the Water Company, and as a member of the Eastern Star for over 50 years in Poultney, and

formerly Cold Spring. As an avid crafter, artist, and quilter, Mrs. Gilmore participated in many area craft shows. She was an active member of the Painters Guild working in oils, acrylics, and therm painting. She continued using those talents right up to the end by making baby blankets for mission projects.

Helen Gilmore is survived by an aunt and several cousins, a sister-in-law and several nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her dear friend Ilah Sisson Walser, and good neighbors who were more like family than friends. She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Richard, and her parents, William and Helen Syyder. Appreciation is given to the medical personnel of Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and the Vermont Nursing Association for their caring. Many friends whose lives she touched will greatly miss her presence and will cherish their memories of Helen as a woman of strong Christian faith and caring. She set an example before us.

A funeral service was held on May 8, 2006 at the South Wallingford Congregational Church in Wallingford, VT. The Rev. Lon Foltman and the Rev. Marion Moore-Colgan, co-officiated. Burial followed in the Scottsvillc-T)anby Cemetery in Denby, VT.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Poultney United Methodist Church c/o Dawn Clad:, 108 Main St. Poultney, VT 05764; to the South Wallingford Congregational Church c/o Rob Carey, 2870 US 7 South, Wallingford, VT 05773, or to a charity of your choice, or to do a random act of kindness in Helen's memory. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Roberts-Aubin Funeral Home in Poultney.

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