Christie May (Rawson) Hidy, 1929-2017

SOUTH LONDONDERRY, Vt. – Christie May (Rawson) Hidy, 91, died peacefully on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017.  Christie was also a long time resident of Windham, Vt., where she made her home with husband John (Jack) C. Hidy, who predeceased her.

Christie was born in Londonderry, Vt., on Sept. 9, 1929, to Ethelbert and Celia (Capen) Rawson. She was one of 10 children. Christie attended grade school in South Londonderry and high school in Taunton, Mass. She moved with her family to the Midwest, where she met John c. Hidy at a USO dance. They married and together they had five children.

In Christie’s full life she touched many others with whom she worked or befriended in other ways. Christie worked as the telephone operator in South Londonderry, at the Texas Nursing Home in Bellows Falls, at Dostals Lodge at Magic Mountain for several years, and as a server at the Londonderry Inn. She enjoyed many years working in distribution at the Vermont Country Store as well, first in Weston, then in Manchester when the “new” building opened.

She received recognition from Americorps for five years of volunteer work. She often volunteered at Windham Elementary school. She also enjoyed teaching Bone Builders exercise classes for several years. Her church family at the First Baptist Church in South Londonderry meant the world to her, and she often volunteered at church suppers and other events. She was a member of the ladies’ auxiliary of the Windham Volunteer Fire Department. She enjoyed knitting, Yahtzee and Bunko, religious retreats, traveling, camping, reading, listening to music, and spending time with her large extended family as well as her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Christie will be remembered for her kindness, sense of humor, and beautiful spirit. In addition to her husband, Christie is predeceased by her infant child Jacqueline, daughter Rebecca, and Stuart, her only son. Christie is survived by her daughters Cheryl Wiggins and Rosemary (Stoddard) Hubis and grandchildren Christian Stoddard, Darcy Gibney, Heidi Nobles, Stacey Daley, Christel Hidy, and Melody Wickens, and several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. She also leaves four brothers: Alfred Rawson and wife Ruth, Hugh Rawson, Ralph Rawson and wife Shannon, and Robert Rawson; and two sisters, Ruth LaFogg, Maude Gabert, and several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be held at the town hall in Londonderry, Vt., on Friday, Oct. 13 at 11 a.m. Her family and friends are welcome to attend.

Burial was held at a private graveside ceremony for the immediate family.

Adams Funeral Home in Chester is in charge of arrangements. Contributions may be made  in Christie’s memory to the First Baptist Church rebuilding fund at P.O. Box 278, S. Londonderry, VT 05155. The rebuilding of her church was very important to her.

Thank you to the members of the community at Smith Haven who looked after Christie and helped in so many ways, and to Londonderry Volunteer Rescue Squad, Springfield Hospital E.R., Dartmouth Hitchcock, and the staff of the Springfield Health and Rehabilitation center who assisted with her care.

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