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Barbara Claflin, 57 of North Ferrisburgh ended her journey on the yellow brick road Sunday, September 9th.  Barb loved life, unconditionally.  She knew how to light up a room and quickly became the center of attention.  She was known for her many sayings such as, “I’m baaack”, “Hi boooys”, and “Damn brat kid!!!”  She loved the Wizard of Oz, Bananza, singing and boy could she dance!

For several years, Barb was a Special Olympian.  During one track and field event Bar was positioned to take first when the person next to her tripped and fell.  Barb stopped to help her opponent up and refused to leave her behind.  They finished the race together and Barb proudly announced, “I won!” and beamed when she stood and received her ribbon.”  That’s just who Barb was.

She is predeceased by both of her parents, Grace Lawrence and Sidney Claflin Jr., and her younger brother William (Billy) Claflin.

She is survived by a large and loving family:  Elizabeth Wheeler and her husband John of Wilmington; Lela Sisk and her husband Ray of Hope, Maine; Dawn Ridolfo and her husband Christopher of Burlington; Sidney Claflin III and his wife Michelle of North Ferrisburgh; along with several nieces, nephews, and cousins:  Nancy, Will, Joshua, Josid, Jesse, Hilary, Hannah, Arianna, Ethan Sage, Perrin, Ethan Claflin, and friend Barbara.

A special thank you to Howard Community Services and VNA Day program for their support.

A graveside service will be held in the North Ferrisburgh Cemetery on Saturday, September 15th at 1:30pm.  Followed by a reception at the North Ferrisburgh Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to the William L. Claflin Memorial Scholarship Fund by contacting Bill VanDeWeert at Vergennes Union High School

 

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