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628 Main Street
Bennington, VT 05201
Phone: (802) 442-2516
Fax: 802-442-4952
Willie Hoyt

Willie Mae Hoyt (Burkett)

Monday, April 13th, 1931 - Tuesday, December 25th, 2018
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Willie Mae Hoyt, 87, widow of George W. Hoyt, a resident of Beech Street, Bennington, died December 25, 2018 at the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation in Bennington.

Born in Boswell, Oklahoma April 13, 1931, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Alice (Grusendorf) Burkett. She received her education in the Lubbock, Texas schools.

Willie Mae and George were married on April 10, 1948 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in North Bennington. George died August 6, 2001.

In earlier years Willie Mae was employed at various factories in the area and later by the late Harlan Miller in Shaftsbury. In earlier years she was a member of the Putnam Hose Company Ladies Auxillary. She also enjoyed sewing and gardening.

Survivors include a daughter, Diane Knights of Bennington; four sons and daughters-in-law, David and Jean Kenyon of Derby, VT, George M. “Mick” and Connie Hoyt of Watertown, CT, Keith E. and Lori Hoyt of Bennington and Tracy W. and Tina Hoyt of White Creek, NY; 11 grandchildren, Lisa Kenyon, Robert Kenyon, Gregory Hoyt, Rebecca Jones, Jennifer Thornell, Melissa Knights, Marcy Ricci, Jamie Hoyt, Jessica Hoyt, Billy Hoyt and Jeremy Hoyt; 14 great-grandchildren; a sister, Betty June Caminiti of Sacramento, CA and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Willie Mae was predeceased by a son-in-law, James Knights and by a brother and three sisters, Robert Burkett, Helen Clancy, Mary Lauzon and Dorothy Chaffin.

Private services will take place at the convenience of the family.

Burial will take place in the family lot in Park Lawn Cemetery.

Should friends desire memorial contributions in Mrs. Hoyt’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation through the office of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201.

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  • Service

    Saturday, April 13th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Saturday, April 13th, 2019 11:00am
    Sacred Heart Saint Francis de Sales Church
    238 W. Main Street
    Bennington, Vermont 05201
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    Reverend Hugh Cleary, c.s.c.
  • Interment

    Saturday, April 13th, 2019 |
    Saturday, April 13th, 2019
    Park Lawn Cemetery
    South Street
    Bennington, Vermont 05201
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Louise McClay

Posted at 04:52pm
My family deeply loved Willie Mae, so sorry to read of her passing. One of our favorite memories is one day she came down the street to get some help as we only lived a couple houses down and opposite side of street from her. Willie Mae was carrying what looked like a wine bottle. Her words to my husband were “I need a man”. What she had was a bottle with a bread mix in it and why she needed a man was she needed helped opening it. The phrase “I need a man” has made us laugh many times over the years. Louise and John McClay

Posted at 02:07pm
Dear Hoyt family please accept my heart felt condolences. Your mom was a huge part of my childhood. I have so many beautiful memories of staying at your house when me and my brother were kids . Your mom and my grandmother would be doting over us whenever we stayed over . I will always remember her as a beautiful and kind soul.. I cherish the memories she gave to me.and know how deeply she will be missed by all of you love to all of you. Richard Dellagiacoma

Joyce Scarey

Posted at 06:46am
I was saddened to read of Willie Mae's passing. I always liked to hear her Texas accent! She always had a big smile and a friendly word. Last time I saw her was at the Veterans Home... May she rest in peace, my prayers are with all of you. Joyce Scarey (Rita Hoyts sister-in-law)

Posted at 12:11am
Sorry for your loss! I remember Willie Mae from my childhood as her and my mother were friends and as a resident at the Veterans Home! May she Rest In Peace!

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