Prudence (Webster) Colver
January 28, 1927 -May5, 2016
MONTGOMERY, VT. — Prudence (Webster) Colver passed
from this life on May 5, 2016 at age 89.
"Prudy" was born to Guytha and Herald Webster at their
home in Montgomery, Vt., on Jan. 28,1927. A quick January thaw
had washed out the mountain road, so the doctor could not be
summoned. Instead, the baby girl was delivered by her Grand-
mother, Prudence Webster, for whom she was named. Many of
her last dreams were about playing in the pasture there below
Jay Peak, near the Trout River and her beloved covered bridge.
She could still describe the beauty, even the smell, of the place.
The Webster Family moved to Richford in time for "Sis" to at-
tend High School. She loved learning. She kept some of her text-
books all the rest of her life and asked that a poem from one be
read to her just a few months ago. After graduation in 1945,
Prudy married her high school sweetheart, John Colver. Before
the couple turned 21, their first two children had been born,
John Paul in 1946 and Jennifer at the end of 1947. The family
moved across the Lake to Plattsburgh in 1950 where four more
offspring arrived in the next decade, David (’50), Mary (’51),
Maureen (’53), and Matthew (’59).
All six children survive their mother as do four spouses, eight
grandchildren, and seven, soon to be eight, great-grandchil-
dren. Her sister, Meritta McKenna and her four children also
survive Prudy as do her late brother Donald Webster’s four chil-
dren and their mother Hilda Webster Knoerl. Each of these was
much loved and remembered in conversation in Prudy’s last
weeks as she browsed through old photo albums.
Prudy always was great with kids. She was proud to keep a
clean and friendly home where she baked bread and desserts
twice a week and welcomed neighbors and school chums daily.
The Websters from Vermont and the McKennas from the Albany
area arrived to play and feast at her house as often as they could
and just to enjoy "Aunt Prudy’s" company.
During all these years, Prudy never gave up her love of learn-
ing. She read daily, listened to many kinds of music, sang, and
went to concerts, lectures, and plays at the University. Her love
of animals and the earth we share never waivered.
In the 1970’s Prudy found new freedom. She attended Clinton
Community College and then was employed at the Plattsburgh
Public Library for almost two decades until her retirement in
1989. She especially loved the young pages who worked with
her there, and she always said her favorite part of the day was
when students from the Middle School down the street finished
their school day and walked to "her" library to ask Mrs. Colver
for some help.
People who remember Prudy will smile at the thought of her
Her family invites everyone with such memories to come
share with us
Saturday, June 4, 2016, from 10 to 2 p.m., in the United
Methodist Church Social Hall at 127 Beekman Street in Platts-
Arrangements have been entrusted to Heald Funeral Home,
48 Court Street, Plattsburgh.
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