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Claire Lamb Carpenter
South Burlington - Claire Lamb Carpenter, age 67, of South Burlington, died at Dana Farber Cancer Institute on March 7, 2018, surrounded by her immediate family.
Claire was born March 29, 1950, in Barre, Vermont to John Joseph Lamb and Eloise Wilhelmine McLeod. She attended Spaulding High School and graduated from the University of Vermont in 1972 with a B.S. in Social Welfare. On June 3, 1972, she married Christopher "Chris" Smith Carpenter. She worked as an accounting clerk until Chris and Claire moved to Pennsylvania where they served as Vista volunteers. They then lived in Ann Arbor, Michigan where she was a university residence hall co-director, and a clerk at both Quarry Photo and an orthopedic clinic at University of Michigan Hospital.
Chris and Claire moved back to Vermont in 1975 and lived in Morrisville and Stowe while starting their family. Their first home was a converted one-room schoolhouse on Stagecoach Road in Stowe. During that time, Claire worked at Planned Parenthood in Lamoille County, the Dumont Convalescent Center as the social work director, Central Vermont Head Start as a home visitor and educator, and Lamoille Home Health Agency as a housing coordinator. An avid, lifelong reader, she also volunteered at the Stowe Library.
Chris and Claire moved to Waterville, Maine in 1986, where they raised their children. Claire worked as a teacher at Park Street Nursery School and as a substitute teacher in the Waterville Public School System for 16 years. Chris and Claire share many fond memories from their Johnson Heights neighborhood where Claire was beloved by her children's friends.
In 2006, Chris and Claire returned to Vermont to be near family. In 2015, they were both officially retired and enjoyed activities including pickleball, visits to One Mitten Farm, reconnecting with her childhood friends from Barre (affectionately known as "the cutter girls"), ice cream at Fisher Farm, and walking. Chris and Claire's recent travel included Maine, France, Italy, Bermuda, England, Barbados and tracking her family heritage in Scotland and Ireland. And while she enjoyed their time abroad, she also enjoyed a quiet night at home watching a TV series, a movie, news on the political front, or a Boston sports game on the couch with her cat Coco.
Claire devoted her life to her family. She would revel in the feeling of having her son and daughter "under the same roof" when their families came to visit. She followed the lives of her great nieces Jasmine and Camilla Crowe (mother, Christine Claire Crowe) by chatting daily with her sister and best friend Mary. She was a determined cheerleader for her grandchildren Finn and Stella who knew her as "Fi". Claire's excitement about Christmas was unrivaled, and she was delighted to welcome her latest grandchild, Bowen, at University of Vermont Medical Center early on Christmas Day 2017, then to play Santa to Finn and Stella at her home a few hours later.
Claire had an infectious laugh and quick wit that was coupled with a kind nature that made her a joy to be around. Claire was ever positive in her fight against cancer, and very grateful for her many exceptional providers and caregivers at UVMMC and recently at the DFCI.
Claire Carpenter is survived by her husband Christopher Carpenter, her daughter Catherine "Katie" Lamb Carpenter Smith and son-in-law Samuel Smith, her son Conor Smith Carpenter and daughter-in-law Aubrey Carpenter, her grandchildren, Finley Carpenter Smith, Stella Lamb Smith, and Bowen McLeod Carpenter, and sisters Margaret Covey (married to Timothy Covey) and Mary Crowe (married to Jeffrey Crowe) and their families. She was predeceased by their infant daughter Elizabeth McLeod Carpenter (d. 1980).
A memorial service will be held March 16, 2018, at 2:00 pm at All Souls Interfaith Gathering, 291 Bostwick Farm Road, in Shelburne. Arrangements are in the care of the Corbin and Palmer Funeral Chapel, 209 Falls Road, Shelburne. In lieu of flowers, consider donating to the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism, PO Box 2157, Framingham, MA 01703 or The Miller Building Fund (specify oncology floor) at the UVMMC, 111 Colchester Ave, Burlington, VT 05401.