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628 Main Street
Bennington, VT 05201
Phone: (802) 442-2516
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Norma Shays

Norma J. Shays (Clayborn)

Friday, August 1st, 1941 - Tuesday, March 26th, 2019
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Norma J. Shays, 77, a resident of Niles School Road in Pownal, Vermont died peacefully Tuesday March 26, 2019 at her residence surrounded by her family.

She was born in Albion, Michigan August 1, 1941. She was the daughter of Charles Betit and the late Betty (Miller) Betit. Norma received her education in Michigan. 

She married Harold Joseph “Joe” Shays on October 18, 1958 in Pittstown, NY. Mr. Shays died November 22, 1998.

In earlier years Norma owned and operated TJ’s Tanning Salon in both Pownal and Bennington.

She was a member of the American Legion Post 90 Auxiliary and the Disabled American Veterans. Her family and grandchildren were her main interest.

Survivors include her children Cory L. and Mai-Ly Shays of Shaftsbury, VT and Anna Marie and Roger Livingston of Bennington, VT; Twelve grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren. Her step father Charles Betit of Ohio. Two sisters, Mary Rayburn and Jody Kline both of Ohio and four brothers, Charles Clayborn of Bennington, VT, Charles Betit II of Michigan, Ronald Betit of Ohio and Bill Betit of North Carolina. Along with many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was pre-deceased by her husband Harold Joseph Shays and two sons, Timothy and Scott Shays.

Friends may call at the Mahar and Son Funeral Home on Friday March 29 from 5 to 7:00 p.m.

A graveside service will be held at the family lot at Oak Hill Cemetery in Pownal, VT on Saturday March 30, 2019 at noon with Chaplain Kenneth Coonradt of the Vermont Veterans Home officiating.

If friends desire contributions in Norma’s memory may be made to the Vermont Veterans Home Activities Fund through the office of the Mahar and Son Funeral Home 628 Main St. Bennington, VT 05201.

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  • Visitation

    Friday, March 29th, 2019 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Friday, March 29th, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    E. P. Mahar and Son Funeral Home
    628 Main Street
    Bennington, Vermont 05201
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  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, March 30th, 2019 | 12:00pm
    Saturday, March 30th, 2019 12:00pm
    Oak Hill Cemetery
    Address Not Available
    Pownal, Vermont
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    Chaplain Kenneth Coonradt
  • Interment

    Saturday, March 30th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Saturday, March 30th, 2019 1:00pm
    Oak Hill Cemetery
    Route 7
    Pownal, Vermont 05261
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Posted at 11:50am
My heartfelt condolences to the Clay family. May God be your strength during this difficult time. (Psalm 18:6) With deepest sympathy, Michelle

Caroline Martel

Posted at 05:45pm
We remember Norma as an Auxiliary Member and valued friend of the American Legion in Pownal. She was always there to support and help with our programs and projects. She was a wonderful supporter of our Veteran's. Thank you for 22 years in Pownal Unit #90 Norma. And may you RIP. We all miss you. Our Sincere Condolences to the Shays Family. Caroline Martel, Secretary American Legion Auxiliary, Pownal Unit #90 Pownal, Vermont

Audrey Lynn and Corey Michael

Posted at 06:41am
Our precious Grandmother, you had a soul made of flowers. You were so beautiful, essential, and bold. I love you to the moon and back again. XOXOXO
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Audrey Lynn and Corey Michael purchased the Gracious Lavender Basket for the family of Norma Shays.


Kathy Reynolds

Posted at 04:31pm
I had the best neighbor any one could ever ask for. Loved the visits with Mimi and Pop and there family. When my girls would disappear I knew right where they were. Hanging with Mimi and Pop. You will be missed but I know you are reunited with Pop,Scott and Tim. RIP my friend and thoughts and prayers sent to your loved ones left behind.

Ron, Diane, Brooke and Brett Betit

Posted at 08:00pm
Celebrating your life. Praying for peace, comfort and love to surround all family and friends. Rest in peace.
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