SPRINGFIELD, Vt. – Amanda L. Page, 67, passed away Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019 at her home in Springfield, Vt., surrounded by her loving family. She was born May 29, 1952 in Bellows Falls, Vt., the daughter of Wallace and Priscilla (Spooner) Batchelder. She attended schools in both Connecticut and New Hampshire.
On Sept. 4, 1971, she married Rodney L. Page in Springfield, Vt. Beginning their lives together in Charlestown, N.H., they relocated to Springfield in 1979. Her husband passed away in 2016 after 45 years of marriage.
Amanda was a lover and shepherd of history. What began innocently as an appreciation for antiques and family lore blossomed into a lifelong calling. She was our foundation for family history and genealogy. With connections throughout the world, she spent a lifetime researching both sides of the family, nearly to the beginnings of written record.
Amanda was an educator. From her employment with the Springfield public school system and the Springfield Arts and Historical Society to her involvement with many living history museums such as The Fort at Number 4, Fort Ticonderoga, and Crown Point, she strived to instill an appreciation for our roots to generations of children and young adults. Amanda was an entrepreneur. Her passion for antiques brought her to the sales floor of several antique shops throughout the years.
She was sole proprietor of a gift shop located at The Paddock Restaurant in Springfield, Vt., and she, along with best friend and longtime companion Jon Soule of Quechee, Vt., operated a reproduction clothing company for several years that was known worldwide. They produced handmade, exacting reproductions of historic clothing for reenactment groups, private collections, and big stage productions, including a crown jewel performance at Ford’s Theatre.
Amanda was a lover of animals; always ready to care for those that couldn’t care for themselves. She was also a foster parent for many years. She enjoyed being an active part of her grandson’s first 6-and-a-half years and left an impression that will last a lifetime.
She is survived by her mother Priscilla (Spooner) Batchelder of Springfield; son Sean Page and his wife Alice (Peale) Page of Baltimore, Vt.; one grandson Ashton; one brother Donn Batchelder of Minnesota; two sisters Robin (Batchelder) Nunes and Beth Batchelder, both of Springfield, Vt., and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.
A celebration of life service will be held Saturday, Sept. 14 at 12 p.m. on at the VFW in Springfield, Vt. Contributions may be made in her memory to the Springfield Humane Society, 401 Skitchewaug Trail, Springfield, VT 05156.