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Shondelle Paynter

June 30, 1976 — November 13, 2022

St. Johnsbury

Shondelle Verleana Paynter, 46, of St. Johnsbury, VT passed away on Sunday, November 13, 2022, at her residence in Sheepcote Dorm at St. Johnsbury Academy. 

Shondie was born in Paget, Bermuda on June 30, 1976, to Wanda Paynter and Bewel Smith.  She attended Bermuda Institute, St. Johnsbury Academy Class of ’94, and Lyndon State College.  She lived and worked at St. Johnsbury Academy for 28 years, many of those years as Head Proctor in Sheepcote Dorm. She was instrumental in establishing the Nakia Butterfield Community Spirit Award which honors community in the boarding program at SJA. In 2011, she took part in the World of Difference Program which helped her develop skills to promote diversity in the community and led to her starting an Affinity Group for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Students. Shondie also volunteered at cross country meets for over 20 years.  She enjoyed snowmobiling and writing poetry. Shondie celebrated life and liked to create special moments for others.

Survivors include her parents: Wanda Paynter and Bewel Smith of Bermuda; and a brother: Carlos Rogers of Bermuda; family, friends, godchildren and many others whose lives she touched including alumni, faculty, staff, and friends of the SJA community.

She was predeceased by her grandmother: Evadne Paynter; and grandfather: Lionel Paynter.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Monday, November 21, 2022, 2:00PM on the St. Johnsbury Academy campus at South Church Hall, 1052 Main Street, St. Johnsbury, VT.  The service will be available on live stream via SJA Webcaster Public - YouTube (

Memorial donations can be directed to the Development Office, St. Johnsbury Academy, P.O. Box 906, St. Johnsbury VT  05819, or online at Make a Gift – St. Johnsbury Academy (, with reference, “For Shondie.”

Condolences can be shared online at  Stories of her life can also be shared by sending to

 “She made Sheepcote a home and a haven for multiple generations of SJA resident students, and her love and compassion for her student family impacted many very deeply.”  -From St. Johnsbury Academy

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