Joann Cutting Child – Shelburne

Joann Cutting Child, 80, of Shelburne, passed into a new life Feb. 8, 2013. Born Oct. 16, 1932, the daughter of Charles Cady Cutting and Mildred Scarborough Cutting, Joann grew up in Middlebury. She was a seventh generation Vermonter and a direct descendant of John Everts, who surveyed the town of Middlebury in 1761. Joann graduated from Middlebury High School in 1949. She received her A.B. degree from Middlebury College in 1953 and was elected to both Mortar Board and to Phi Beta Kappa at the end of her junior year. On Oct. 17, 1953, she married the love of her life, John A. Child, in Mead Memorial Chapel, and they lived for eleven years on the Child family farm in Weybridge. Joann was a teacher in the Addison and Shelburne public schools and retained special memories of the students she taught in Addison. Joann and John raised their beloved son, John David Child, in Weybridge and South Burlington. For many years they spent their summers at Long Point in North Ferrisburgh, enjoying the natural beauty of Lake Champlain. After retirement from classroom teaching, Joann tutored children with dyslexia. She volunteered at the American Red Cross Blood Center scheduling pheresis donors; she was also a reader for the late Rev. C. Leland Udell, Chaplain at the Medical Center Hospital of Vermont. A lifelong eclectic reader and also a participant in several book discussion groups, during retirement she focused on studying the history of New England, especially Vermont. This interest, combined with her photography hobby, resulted in many family trips to art museums, living history museums and historic sites throughout the area. Joann considered it a great privilege to grow up in the nurturing community of Middlebury and to live in Vermont all her life, for she was a Vermonter not only by birth and background but also by temperament. Her disposition was so suited to Middlebury and Vermont that the combination was a blessing. She was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church, AAUW (treasurer), the Vermont Land Trust, Phi Beta Kappa Northern New England Chapter, and the Middlebury College Gamaliel Painter’s Cane Society. Joann is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 60 years, John A. Child of Shelburne; and her son, John David Child of Kathmandu, Nepal. Other survivors include her nephew, Charles F. Cutting, Jr.; many cousins; and her sister-in-law, Elizabeth Child Shonnard and family. Joann was especially fond of her cousins, Debra and Mary Scarborough. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church in Shelburne. Immediately following the service, a luncheon will be served in the Great Room at Shelburne Bay Senior Living. Because of her interest in preserving Vermont’s rural beauty and her interest in nurturing a love for reading in young children, her family would be honored by donations to the Vermont Land Trust, 8 Bailey Ave., Montpelier, VT 05602; or to the Children’s Literacy Foundation, 1536 Loomis Hill Rd., Waterbury Center, VT 05677.

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