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Whitingham- Sylvia "Goldie" Myrtle Kingsley Bodine, 93, of Ginny Morse Road passed away peacefully Friday morning, June 22, 2012, at her home with family by her side. Sylvia, known more widely as "Goldie", was born at home in West Halifax on April 7, 1919, the youngest daughter of Henry and Amanda "Maude" (Bouvier) LaRock. She was raised in Halifax and often spoke of her family as being "as poor as crows". As a child, she only had one book, a collection of short stories, which she read over and over because she loved to read. She was a star speller and often tells of a district-wide spelling bee for which she won a $5 bill. After finishing elementary school in Halifax, she attended Whitingham High School, but did not graduate due to pressure from her dad who did not think that girls needed an education. On July 16, 1936 in Hoosac Falls, N.Y., Goldie was married to Arnold W. Kingsley. Together, Goldie and Arnold owned a dairy farm in Whitingham, Vermont. Arnold predeceased her in 1999. During her earlier years, Goldie was busy raising six children on their dairy farm in Whitingham, endlessly cooking and cleaning, canning and freezing fresh produce of all kinds, making butter, many batches of bread and doughnuts, jars and jars of pickles, jellies and preserves, sewing or altering clothes for the children and herself, patching dungarees, regularly painting and wallpapering various rooms in the house, - all creating a wonderfully rich and stable home life for her family despite limited means. Goldie enjoyed cake decorating, quilting, sewing, gardening, feeding the birds and caring for her flowers, both indoors and out of doors in the summer. Family was her biggest focus all of her adult life. After the children were grown and on their own, she held many a big family gathering at the farm home, with everyone enjoying great camaraderie along with a table laden with her delicious home cooked foods. Farm and family obligations kept her pretty close to home, but she once took advantage of the opportunity to go to England with a teaching colleague and afterward she spoke with gratitude many times of this trip. Although she was not able to complete her high school education as a teenager, Goldie was very proud to have earned a GED much later in life, following which she was able to serve many years as a teacher's aide at Whitingham Central School. She found the work very rewarding and was well respected by students, parents, and staff. Before that she had worked seasonally at Coomb's Candy Kitchen in Jacksonville. Goldie was a member of the Brattleboro Christian Science Church and previously had attended the Christian Science branch churches in Greenfield and North Adams, Mass. She selflessly served as First Reader for many years in the North Adams church. She also held membership in the Whitingham /Jacksonville Homemaker's Club where she was president for a couple years. She and her husband, Arnold, enjoyed being part of a square dance club for a number of years and also bowled with senior groups in both Wilmington and Brattleboro. She served one term on the Whitingham School Board. On January 4, 2001, Goldie married William "Bill" Bodine, also a member of the Brattleboro Christian Science Church. In their brief, but wonderful marriage Goldie and Bill took frequent trips. She particularly appreciated these adventures because they fulfilled a life-long desire to travel. Bill passed away on June 27, 2010. Mrs. Kingsley Bodine was also predeceased by one son Cleon Kingsley and a daughter Nancy Smith. Survivors include two sons, Lee Kingsley and his wife Deborah of Whitingham and Warren Kingsley and his wife Tina of Chateaugay, N.Y., two daughters, Connie Burton of Guilford and Sandra Kingsley of Wilmington. Additionally she leaves seventeen grandchildren, nineteen great grandchildren, and seven great great grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be conducted Friday at 1:00 P.M. at the Municipal Center in Jacksonville. Burial will follow in Sadawga Cemetery. A reception will take place after the committal services back at the Jacksonville Muncipal Center. Friends and family are invited to call at the Atamaniuk Funeral Home on Thursday from 7 to 9 P.M. Memorial contributions in Mrs. Kingsley-Bodine's name may be made to First Church of Christ, Scientist, 57 Putney Road, Brattleboro, VT 05301 or the Humane Society of the US – Whitingham Animal Care and Control Fund, PO Box 619, Jacksonville, VT 05342 (Please specify in memory of Kingsley Bodine.)

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