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1982 Obituaries

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John F. Conceison, 10/21/2012
Carol Cuenod (Vermont College), 6/3/2015
Deborah A. Graves (Vermont College), 10/13/1993
Sue Gaddy Hathorn, 5/16/2009
Ruth Lillian (Emery) Rautio, 3/4/2004

John F. Conceison

John F. Conceison, 52, of Scarborough, Maine, passed away Sunday, October 21, 2012, at the Gosnell Hospice Home in Scarborough, Maine. He was born on January 16, 1960, in Stoughton, Mass., to Edward E. and Jean Hoyt Conceison.

John attended school in Wethersfield, Conn., and graduated from high school in 1978. He graduated from Norwich University in 1982 with a bachelor of science degree in business. While at Norwich, John was a member of Alpha Kappa Psi, Chi Alpha Chi, the Football Team, the Rugby Club, the Spirits Club, Maroon Key, the Winter Carnival Committee, and the Junior Weekend Committee.

John was a claims adjuster at State Farm Insurance for 25 years. His hobbies included lobstering off the coast of Scarborough, photography, fishing, and being with his family. He was also an avid football fan, especially the Patriots and Scarborough Red Storm. John was a captain in the United States Army, an Airborne Ranger, and served in Germany.

John is survived by his wife of 24 years, Beth H. Conceison; three sons: E.J. Conceison, David A. Conceison and Michael H. Conceison; two sisters: Carol Heminger and her husband, Tony, and Joan Ouellette and her husband, Bob; and his mother, Jean Conceison. He was preceded in death by his father.

Contributions may be made in John's memory to The Gosnell Memorial Hospice House of Scarborough, Maine or the ALS Association of Northern New England. Visiting hours will be held on Friday, October 26, 2012, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Hobbs Funeral Home, 671 U.S. Rt. 1, Scarborough, ME. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 27, 2012, at St. Maximilian Kolbe, 150 Black Point Road, Scarborough, ME 04074. Burial will be at the Scarborough Memorial Cemetery with reception to follow.

Sue Gaddy Hathorn

Sue Gaddy Hathorn, 72, died at her home in Florence, MS Saturday evening (May 16, 2009) after a lengthy battle with cancer.

A native of Crystal Springs, Sue was the daughter of the late Clyde and Sittie Sykes Gaddy.  She was a graduate of Belhaven College with a master’s degree from Vermont College of Norwich University in 1982.

She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Gary Hathorn; a son, Jerry Hall and his wife Kelly of Crystal Springs; daughters Soula Jester of Gladewater, Texas and Jackie Hathorn of Richland; two sisters, Dr. Faye Spruill and Linda Hall, both of Crystal Springs; a grandson, Chandler Pleasant; and many foster children.

She was a member of the Board of Governors of the Cleary Heights Homeowners Association and the Cleary Heights garden club.  She was an active member of the Cleary Baptist Church. Sue was well-known across the state and nation as an advocate for children.  In 1997, she was awarded the Department of Justice Crime Victim Service Award for “waging a one woman campaign against child abuse in Mississippi.”  The award was presented to her by U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno.

After several years of employment with Mississippi Power and Light Company and then with the Hinds County Youth Court, she organized the Mississippi Coalition for the Prevention of Child Abuse.  Through her leadership, the coalition held yearly conferences to educate child advocates, with speakers and attendees from all across the nation and several foreign countries.

She founded, and served as executive director of the Mississippi Child Advocacy Center, which provided psychological counseling for abused children and helped prepare them, when necessary, to testify in court against their abusers.  She was the first person to be allowed to use a trained dog to give comfort and a feeling of protection to child victims as they told their stories in a courtroom.   Sue’s lifetime efforts to help abused children and to fund the advocacy center by using Mississippi’s new law allowing bingo for charitable purposes was the subject of a book, “A True Story of Child Abuse, Gambling, Southern Politics...and One Woman’s Struggle Against the Odds.

Sue was appointed director of the Mississippi Department of Human Services in 1991 and, as one of her most important achievements, was able to establish a multi-agency task force with DHS, the Department of Mental Health, the Department of Education, law enforces and the State Attorney General’s Office to work on investigating child abuse cases and providing the best possible services and living arrangements for the children.

Another organization, Children First Inc., was started by Sue to help teens in fostercare to pursue educational and vocational training goals.  She published a monthly magazine, Mississippi Voices for Children and Youth. She was instrumental in finding pro bono legal representation and loving foster or adoptive homes for dozens of abused children.

Ruth Lillian (Emery) Rautio

Ruth Lillian (Emery) Rautio, Vermont College Class of 1982, died March 4, 2004. Ruth Lillian (Emery) Rautio, 81, died March 4, 2004 at Lawrence General Hospital. She was an alcohol counselor and volunteered as a facilitator of psycho-educational groups for senior women for many years after retiring. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Ruth graduated from Goddard College and then from Vermont College with a Master of Arts. Her involvement with the Finnish-American Heritage Society in Canterbury, Conn., Finn Hall, spanned her lifetime, culminating in the recent revival of a theater group, which performed plays translated from Finnish.

She leaves daughters Katrina Withey and her husband Mick Groshart of Connecticut, Jenny Dillman Marks and her husband Jim Marks of Glennville, N.Y., and Lorna Dillman Kenly and her husband Kim Kenly of Boxford; sister June Leiss of Connecticut; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a niece and nephew.


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