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Sad news - Norma Vadnais (Hammond)

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 23, 2009 8:02 am    Post subject: Sad news - Norma Vadnais (Hammond) Reply with quote

One of the original Blueberry Hill campers has passed away.

From the Providence Journal:
VADNAIS, NORMA GAIL (BIGNEY), 91, passed away Monday, July 20, 2009. She
was born in Lynn, Massachusetts to Harold and Harriet (Ferguson) Bigney.

Norma was a 1936 graduate of Attleboro High School, and then attended
Kenyon Business School.

She was married for 29 years to William E. Hammond of North Attleboro,
MA. Together, they raised four children who along with their own
families survive her today; James Hammond of Harwich, MA with Deborah
and their 4 children, Patricia Jeffrey of Pawtucket, RI with Ronald with
their 2 grown children and 4 grandchildren, Christine Brennan-Hammond of
Yarmouthport, MA with Elaine Brennan-Hammond and Philip Hammond of
Marshfield, MA with Marsha and their 4 children. She was the beloved
sister of the late Madeliene Webber of Watertown, MA.

In 1971 Norma married Benjamin Vadnais and moved to Cape Cod, where they
worked and danced and enjoyed many treasured friendships. Benjamin's
children, Ben and Nancy Lynne and their children became an added joy to
Norma's life.

A talented and creative woman, Norma formed a small candle-making
business in 1970 and opened her first store the following year,
Handkraft Candles in West Yarmouth on Cape Cod. After closing the store
a decade later, Norma and Ben wholesaled candles to Cape outlets for
many years. Norma moved to Pawtucket 6 years ago, eventually moving to
Darlington Assisted Living. Norma loved her family and friends and their
lives are a measure of her enormous love. She lived her life with love
and generosity. We miss her already.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial service on
Saturday at 10:30 a.m. in the Church of the Epiphany, 1336 Pawtucket
Ave., Rumford. Visitation and flowers are omitted. For online
condolences visit:

Pat Traynor
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