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Mary Gilbert Noyes

December 3, 1928 — January 2, 2023

Mary Gilbert Noyes

Mary Gilbert Noyes, of Barton, VT., and formerly of St. Johnsbury, passed away Monday, January 2, 2023 at the age of 94.

Mary was born December 3rd  1928 to Carl and Bernice (Albiser) Gilbert. She grew up on a farm in Danville with her parents and two sisters. She spoke fondly of her childhood- telling her children and grandchildren “farm stories” at bedtime. Several of these stories were published in local magazines and papers.

Mary graduated from the Saint Johnsbury Academy in 1947 and went on to achieve an associate degree from the Community College of Vermont. She married Noel Noyes on January 29th, 1965. They bought a home in Wheelock Vermont- where they raised their two children- Mike and Elizabeth. Noel passed away in 1995 and shortly after Mary moved to a cabin in St. Johnsbury that was built by her aunt and uncle. She was well known in St. Johnsbury and Wheelock for her Christmas wreath business- she was proud of her work and kept at it until her late 80s.

Mary spent 20 years making memories in the cabin with her companion Phil, her children, Grandchildren- and eventually great Grandchildren.  She had many interests- genealogy, reading, writing and drawing were just a few. She had a passion for all things to do with nature- most notably animals and flowers.  She  regularly fed the bear and deer at her cabin- naming them and admiring them from her picture window (no matter how many times the game warden asked her to stop.) 

In her later years Mary enjoyed volunteering at riverside enrichment center- interviewing the residents, typing their life stories and gifting it to them. She also enjoyed Monday night concerts in the park and driving on back roads just soaking up all Vermont has to offer.  She will be remembered fondly for her spirited personality, her fierce independence and her constant advice to “stop and smell the Roses”.

Mary is survived by her children- Noel “Mike” and wife Teresa of Wellington, FL, and Elizabeth of Lyndon Center, VT; stepdaughters Noelle Tripp of Aspen CO, Lysbeth Noyes of Portsmouth N.H. and Leigh Bishop of Jacksonville FL; sisters Doriene Colbeth of St. Johnsbury and Clarice Pelow of Avon, CT; her grandchildren Eric (Destiny) Jessica (Craig) and Samantha (Austin) and great grandchildren Cara, Kaylin, Sophia, Alisha, Makenna, Zackary, Nash and Jacob.

She was predeceased by her dear Aunt Mildred, her husband Noel, and her companion Phil. 

A graveside service will take place on June 10, 2023 at 10am at the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in St. Johnsbury.

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