Edna Prouty

Edna Irene Prouty (Russell)

Saturday, September 1st, 1928 - Monday, September 23rd, 2019
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Edna Irene Prouty, age 91, a resident of Bennington, died on Monday, September 23, 2019, following a brief illness.
She was born in Hoosick Falls, NY on September 1, 1928, and was the daughter of the late Clarence and Verna (Moon) Russell. She received her education in Bennington schools. She married Ralph E. Prouty on March 29, 1947. They had been married for 69 years when Mr. Prouty died in 2016. During World War II, Edna had been a member of the Bennington County Civil Air Patrol as a radio operator.
Over many years, Edna had been a singer in the choirs at Bennington Methodist Church and the Shaftsbury Methodist Church as well. She was currently a member of Second Congregational Church in Bennington. She was a lover of all animals, especially her cats. Edna enjoyed doing crossword puzzles.

Edna is survived by her three children: James (Meridyth) Prouty of Pittsboro, NC, Kathleen (Gary) Hamilton of Bennington, and Robert (Michele) Prouty of Warminster, PA. She leaves six grandchildren: Susan Loncar, Jay Prouty, Amanda Prouty, Joshua Prouty, Tara Lovell and Jonathan Ryan, as well as six great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She also leaves a good friend and caretaker, Dorothy Behan. She is predeceased by her husband, and brothers and sisters.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 12:00PM at the Mahar and Son Funeral Home in Bennington. Interment will follow in Park Lawn Cemetery in Bennington. There are no calling hours scheduled. Memorial contributions may be made to the Second Chance Animal Shelter through the Mahar and Son Funeral Home. Guestbook condolences may be made at
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  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, October 26th, 2019 | 12:00pm
    Saturday, October 26th, 2019 12:00pm
    E. P. Mahar and Son Funeral Home
    628 Main Street
    Bennington, Vermont 05201
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Rev. Mark Blank
  • Interment

    Saturday, October 26th, 2019 |
    Saturday, October 26th, 2019
    Park Lawn Cemetery
    South Street
    Bennington, Vermont 05201
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Mark Rackliffe

Posted at 10:51am
Jim, Kathy, and Bob:

On behalf of the Rackliffe family we send our deepest sympathy for the loss of your mother Edna. We all have some many fond memories of growing up with the Prouty Family over the many years. It seems time really does fly by, as our parents are no longer with us. We will always cherish those moments long ago when life was simpler, and meaningful memories were easy to make. I will personally miss her fudge :) Deepest condolences to you all. Mark, Sharon and Brett Rackliffe (and family).


Tom & Rita Prouty Sr.

Posted at 01:23pm
we are very sorry for Edna s passing.we will miss her talking about family and her cats.

Linda Putney

Posted at 07:22pm
To the family of Edna Prouty:
In 1993, Edna came to a Tag Sale that I had at our home at the corner of Dermody and Walloomsac Rds. in Bennington. She told me that her family used to live in our house when her father worked as a teamster for the farm (Fillmore Farm). It was a tenant farmhouse then. Edna told me that the house had such good memories for her, saying that when her family lived here they were like the Waltons of TV fame. I gave her a tour of the house and so many memories came back to her. She remembered that she had photos of her family when they lived here and later made copies and sent them to me. I still have them. As it turned out, her brother and sister were coming up for a family reunion and she asked if they could see the house. I was delighted to show it to them. It was so special for all of them. I remember her older brother saying that if he died tomorrow, he'd seen heaven. That was how touched he was to have seen the old homestead. They reminisced about so many things and told us a lot about the way the house was in those days (the 1930's - early 40's)

I was sorry to read in the Banner today that Edna had passed away. I will remember her fondly. May she rest in peace.

Linda Putney


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