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Martha Coons Cornell

December 8, 1957

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Martha Coons Cornell

Martha was born to John and Eleanor Coons on December 8, 1957 in Waterville, ME. She grew up in Shelburne, VT and graduated from CVU in 1975. Martha raised her two sons Taylor and Woodrow Sacco in Hinesburg, VT and, together with ex-husband Paul, owned and operated the Shelburne Restaurant and Bake Shop for many years. Subsequent to that, Martha ran her own business Green Mountain Knitting Bags, for 16 years. She lovingly handcrafted each bag and had customers around the world. Her creative use of fabric, color and unique design set her heirloom quality work apart. 

Martha was a happy, creative, bright, and loving free spirit who lived life to the fullest. She was an exceptional mother, grandmother, sister, wife, and friend; always kind and loyal. Martha was an excellent knitter and seamstress. She has left a legacy of gorgeous and functional hand- made items, treasured by many. 

Martha loved vintage and antique fabric, kitchenware, linen, clothing, and furniture. She delighted in finding long forgotten items in thrift shops and giving them new purpose and life. Recently, she and her husband purchased a 150 year old home in Sudbury, VT, and she furnished it with the treasures she had collected over the years, much to her delight. 

A spiritual person, Martha practiced yoga for most of her adult life. In her 50’s Martha received her Yoga Teacher Training Certification at Laughing River Yoga in Winooski, VT.  She loved the natural world; walking in the woods, vacationing in the Belgrade Lakes region of Maine, gardening, snowshoeing, and canoeing. But most of all, she loved being Nana.

Martha died of metastasized breast cancer. By the time it was detected, it was too late. She urges any breast cancer survivor, currently in remission, to remain vigilant, even if everything seems fine, and to advocate for a PET-CT scan, which could be life-saving.

Martha is survived by her husband Jeffrey Cornell of Sudbury, son Taylor Sacco, daughter in law Hannah Sacco, and grandson Foster Sacco of Shelburne, son Woodrow Sacco, partner Al Sacco, and grandson Moss Sacco of Portland, ME, and sister Wendy Coons of Athens, ME. 

A gathering in her memory will be organized in due course.

 

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