Anne Hardy Antell – South Burlington

Anne Hardy Antell, a resident of South Burlington for the past six years, died May 10, 2012 of natural causes after living a full and active life for ninety-four years. Independent to the very end, Anne showed the same courage and determination in her final days that had characterized her entire life.
Anne was born March 11, 1918 in Warren, Pa. to Ruth Stowell Hardy and Claire Woodworth Hardy. She grew up in Elmira, N.Y., attending local schools before graduating from Connecticut College in 1940. Anne married Ralph E. Antell in 1942. Anne always wanted children and proceeded to have four with Ralph, raising them in Elmira, Lawrenceville, N.J., and Richmond, Va. Anne could not have been a more devoted and creative mother, creating an environment that made her children feel loved and protected while valuing education, travel, physical activity, and nature.
Anne would always say that raising four children was her greatest achievement, but she was a woman of boundless energy, always looking for new interests, always looking to further her knowledge and education. She taught sewing, Sunday school, and skating to youth groups, took Spanish lessons, and became an excellent photographer. She volunteered at children’s hospitals, working especially with children with cancer. Anne was awarded a Junior League volunteer award in Elmira in 1957 as well as a Volunteer of the Year award in Richmond in 1969. She wrote and published two books about her family, quite an achievement in the days before computers and word processors.
Anne was predeceased by her husband of 60 years, Ralph Antell, in 2005. She is survived by her children and their spouses, Patty and Will Andrews of New Orleans, La.; Steve Antell and Barbara Leaf of Shelburne; Rick and Susan Antell of Sherborn, Mass.; and Ruth and Steve McGehee of Atlanta, Ga., as well as 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

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