Luella Barbara Viens
BURLINGTON — Luella Barbara Viens, 83, of Burlington passed away Oct. 16, 2014, at the Birchwood Nursing Home.
Luella was born on July 21, 1931, in Shelburne, to the late Eugene Joseph and Agnes Viens. Luella grew up on her father’s farm in Shelburne where she had a horse named Ginger who sparked her lifelong love for horses even after they sold the farm. She graduated from Shelburne High School and Burlington Business College. Luella worked at the Old Beehive department store on Church Street in Burlington for several years. The family moved to Colchester where they had an egg farm for many years. She lived at home as caretaker of her youngest sister Lorraine. She had an independent nature and kept up the family home on her own, until health issues intervened. Her sister, Doris, widowed for many years, was a close neighbor and moved in with her. Luella lived at the family home for several years after her sister’s death, and then moved to the nursing home a few years ago.
Luella is predeceased by her brothers Ervin, Robert and Eugene (Junior) by her sisters Erna, Doris and Lorraine, and by a niece Alice Brunelle. Luella is survived by many nieces and nephews: Ruth Ann and Wendell McNew of Dublin, Ohio; Shirley and Ervin Hiney of Alachua, Fla.; Carole and Norman Lavigne of Middlebury; William Viens of Salisbury; Ted Viens of Houston, Texas; Cooky and Arthur Taylor of Millicent, Tenn; Vicky Viens of Duxbury; Robin and Herb Boivin of Burlington; Darlene and Gary Sawyer of Underhill; and Kristy Jones of South Burlington; and Breton Viens of Denton, Texas.
She will be missed for her sweet and loving nature and sense of humor.
She was buried at the St. Francis Xavier Cemetery in Winooski, Vt. on Oct. 25.