• Patricia Benard Howland
    March 26,2013
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    Patricia Benard Howland
    Patricia Benard Howland

    CENTER RUTLAND — Patricia (Foley) Benard Howland, 76, of Center Rutland died Sunday morning March 24, 2013, at Rutland Regional Medical Center.

    She was born in Leicester, February 10, 1937, the daughter of Donald and Lena (Narrow) Foley.

    She was a graduate of Middlebury High School, Class of 1955.

    Patricia was married to Richard D. Benard who died April 11, 2007; she later married Gerald Howland.

    She was the owner of Country Quilt and Fabric from 1982 to 2006, and a Weight Watcher and Diet Workshop instructor. She was formerly employed at Vermont Heart Association, Farrell Distributing and Beeline Clothing.

    She enjoyed time with her family, quilting, bingo and traveling. She was a member of the Red Hat Ladies Club and Maple Leaf Quilters.

    Surviving are her husband Gerald Howland of Center Rutland and Sun City West, Arizona; two sons, Daniel A. Benard and his wife Sharon of Merrimack, N.H., and Stephen P. Benard of Clarendon; one daughter, Lynne M. Benard of Rutland; four brothers, Edwin “Peanut” Foley and his wife Nellie of Leicester, John Foley and his wife Shirley of West Rutland, Roger Foley and his wife Deanna of Leicester, and Gerald Foley and his wife Lucia of Poultney; three sisters, Shirley McCullough of Proctor, Ellen Winch of Belmont, N.H., and Donna Pidgeon and her husband Arlan of Leicester; two grandchildren, Stephen P. Benard, Jr. and his wife Cynthia of Ludlow, and Kelly Chiras and her husband Andrew of Goffstown, N.H.; four great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

    She was predeceased by her husband, Richard Benard and by a brother, Francis Foley.

    Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 27, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Clifford Funeral Home in Rutland.

    Officiating will be the Rev. Justin Baker, pastor of Christ the King Church in Rutland.

    Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery.

    Friends may call Wednesday from 12 noon to 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

    In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Pancreatic Cancer Research at Dartmouth Hitchcock Memorial Hospital, c/o Clifford Funeral Home, 2 Washington St., Rutland, VT 05701.
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