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Bennington, VT 05201
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Lucy Latif

Lucy A. Latif (Stemp)

Sunday, March 1st, 1931 - Wednesday, June 5th, 2019
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Lucy A. (Stemp) Latif, 88, passed away peacefully on June 5, 2019 at CLR Nursing Home. She was born on March 1, 1931 to Frank and Elfrieda (Kittel) Stemp and educated in Bennington schools. She married Francis Latif on July 4, 1948. She was a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and aunt. Lucy enjoyed cooking and hosting family gatherings, where many happy memories were made sitting around her Sunday dinner table on Caroline Drive. She thought nothing of pulling up another chair to make room for any unexpected guests who happened to drop by for a visit. In earlier years, Lucy was active in local bowling leagues, the Brooklyn Belles, and the Women’s Auxiliary of the American Legion, where she served as secretary and president while her husband Francis was an officer for Post 13. Throughout the years, she held several jobs outside the home including various retail stores, the Union Carbide, and later Camelot Village where she worked for 22 years until her retirement.

Lucy leaves behind a legacy in her five Children: Christine Reighley & John of Sheldon, VT; Cynthia Allen & Gary of Little River, SC; David Latif of Port St. Lucie, FL.; Donald Latif & Sandra of Shaftsbury, VT.; and Laura Cryan & John of Millbury, MA.

She also leaves behind nine grandchildren; Michael and Nicholas Allen, Miles and Darrel Hickok, Bradley and Todd Latif, Ryan Latif, Caitlin and Courtney Cryan; step granddaughter Jennifer (Reighley) Archambault, and eleven great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband Francis; a brother Francis Stemp; sisters Doris Marino and Myrtle Betit; and daughter-in-law Donna Latif.

Memorial services celebrating the life of Lucy Latif will be held at the Mahar & Son Funeral Home on Sunday, July 21st.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 2:00pm - 4:00pm.

Committal services will take place at White Chapel Cemetery.

Following the service, there will be a reception at the Elks in Bennington, VT.

The family wishes to extend special thanks to the medical staff of the ER and ICU at SVMC and the staff at CLR and VNA/Hospice for their care.

In Lieu of Flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Lucy’s memory to VNA/Hospice of Bennington through the office of Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201. Guest book condolences may be made at
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  • Visitation

    Sunday, July 21st, 2019 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Sunday, July 21st, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    E. P. Mahar and Son Funeral Home
    628 Main Street
    Bennington, Vermont 05201
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  • Memorial Service

    Sunday, July 21st, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Sunday, July 21st, 2019 2:00pm
    E. P. Mahar and Son Funeral Home
    628 Main Street
    Bennington, Vermont 05201
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  • Interment

    White Chapel Cemetery
    Chapel Road
    Bennington, Vermont 05201
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Posted at 01:27pm
So sorry to learn of Lucy's passing. I know this is a very difficult time for you. She seems to have been a beaming light to all her knew her. Thankfully, she's is safe in God's perfect memory waiting for the day when "all those in the memorial tombs will here his [Jesus'] voice and come out" to a resurrection just as he demonstrated when he raised up Lazarus (John 5:28-29; 11:11) and this time it will be permanent for God also promises that "the righteous will possess the earth and they will reside FOREVER upon it". (PS 37:29) At that time you will no longer experience death, sorrow, or fears again. (Rev 21:3-4) In the meantime, may these guaranteed promises from "the God of all comfort" bring you comfort while you look forward to welcoming her into your waiting arms soon. (2 Cor. 1:3-4; Job 14:14-15)


Posted at 08:05am
My condolences to the family. Please be comforted by the Bible's promise of the resurrection. John 5:28,29, Acts 24:15. If you would like to learn more about the wonderful promises in the bible, please visit

Cynthia Allen

Posted at 07:46am
My wish is that you and dad are once again together and will remain forever young. I will miss your voice, but will keep it tucked in my heart. You did an amazing job raising the five of us, so rest in peace knowing that the legacy you and dad started will continue on with your grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Rest in Peace mom, I love you. Your daughter, Cindy.

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