Wendy Kerlin, nurse, ‘Camp Meme’ founder, grandmother


Wendy Kerlin—treasured mom, pal, and associate—handed away on February 5, 2022, at her house in Marlboro, Vermont, surrounded by the love of her household and mates. Wendy had the matchless capability to make everybody in her presence really feel valued and at peace. Her parting leaves an unlimited void within the hearts of so many who cherished her dearly. She was 68 years previous.

Wendy was born on September 7, 1953, in Bryn Mawr, PA, to John and Arlene Kerlin. She moved continuously as a baby however spent a lot of her time in Glastonbury, Connecticut, the place she graduated from highschool in 1970.

A pure caregiver within the deepest sense, Wendy dreamed as a baby of turning into a nurse and elevating a big household in a house on a hill. In order that’s what she did.

She earned her RN from Hartford Hospital College of Nursing in 1973 and settled completely in southern Vermont in 1980 together with her associate and future husband, George Smith. Their first daughter, Leah, was born in 1981 and over the following decade they lovingly grew their household by adoption. Jesse, Joseph, Helen, Elizabeth, Anna, and Taylor joined their household and introduced much more mild into their lives. Wendy was deeply dedicated to her kids. They had been her goal in life, and absolutely the heart of her universe. Her house was filled with laughter, happiness, chaos (of one of the best form that solely seven kids can present), and a lot love.

She spent the overwhelming majority of her nursing profession within the Put up Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, the place she labored amongst beloved colleagues and mates.

Her ardour for serving to others prolonged previous her skilled life into her volunteer work, her involvement in her kids’s lives, and her many pursuits . Wendy cared for therefore many members of the neighborhood, and her talent and compassion as a caregiver had been unmatched.

When she and George separated in 2010, Wendy remained of their household house on the prime of a lovely mountain in Marlboro, Vermont. She had a deep reference to this area and made it a retreat for everybody she cherished, sustaining an ever-changing and resplendent backyard overlooking the valley.

She cherished the easy issues in life: consuming a freshly picked tomato, going for a experience within the nation simply to get misplaced. She cherished adventuring together with her pricey sister, Arlene, with whom she traveled the world. Collectively they visited many lovely locations, together with a particular journey to Ethiopia, the place 4 of Wendy’s kids had been born. She cherished her six grandchildren and cherished their laughter in her house. She cherished the fantastic thing about a dawn and the magic of a full moon.

That magic introduced Shawn Kilcommons into her life the weekend after Thanksgiving in 2012. They met dancing to Afrobeat music on the Inferno, on the evening of a full moon. From that second, they had been inseparable and measured their brief time collectively in months moderately than years. They loved dancing, music, late afternoon lunches on the Marina, birds within the night, and toast and low within the morning. Wendy made each day of this union a treasure, and so they celebrated their full moon anniversaries till the very finish.

Phrases can not describe how a lot we are going to miss you, Wendy, Mother, Meme. We’ll at all times bear in mind your quiet presence, ingesting espresso on the kitchen desk or on the entrance porch within the morning. We’ll bear in mind your light knowledge and the way rigorously you listened to us. We’ll bear in mind your summer season events within the again yard, with music enjoying and campfires burning. Sled events within the winter, down probably the most superb driveway-hill of all time. Consuming Ethiopian meals (and much an excessive amount of injera), and having fun with gin and tonics whereas laughing late into the evening. We’ll always remember your welcoming coronary heart, and the way everybody who got here to “Camp Meme” felt like part of your loved ones.

Wendy was identified with ovarian most cancers in 2014. She navigated her journey over the next seven years with braveness and style and lived each day with a renewed appreciation for all times and for the folks she cherished.

Household Info

She is survived by her kids, Leah (Chris), Jesse (Silvana), Joseph, Helen, Elizabeth, Anna, and Taylor; her loving associate, Shawn; her siblings, Arlene, David, and Jack; her six beloved grandchildren, Lucas, Connor, Lucy, Romeo, Jaxon, and Charlotte; and her many shut mates, particularly her finest pal, Susan. She is predeceased by her mother and father, John and Arlene, and pricey mates Susan and Tom.

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Leah Lydon
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