March 24, 1921-December 14, 2011
On December 14, 2011 Ruth Champagne, lovingly known as "Nanny," passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by her loving family in Wesley Chapel, Florida. Ruth was born on March 24, 1921 in Irasburg, Vermont where she enjoyed long walks and skipping stones.
In her early twenties, she moved to Newport and married Henry Champagne, Jr., who predeceased her in 2002.
Ruth was an original founding member of the VFW Post 798 Lady’s Auxiliary.
Ruth was such a talented and giving woman. She loved crocheting, sewing, square dancing and gardening. Her family is blessed with many hand-made items that will be passed on for generations. Even the sisters at Sacred Heart benefitted from Ruth’s generosity, as she would bring them vegetables from her garden. Ruth also worked at Slalom Ski Wear until she retired at age 65.
One of Ruth’s favorite pastimes was playing Bingo. This love of Bingo has been passed down to her great-granddaughters. Another passion of Ruth’s was photography. She captured every important moment of her great-grandchildren’s lives for 18 years. These scrapbooks are a wonderful gift that will last forever.
Words cannot express the footprint she has left on the hearts of those who were lucky enough to be loved by her.
Nanny is survived by her only daughter, Christine LeBlanc and son-in-law Gaston “Sonny” LeBlanc, Jr. formerly of North Troy, Vermont; two grandchildren: Todd LeBlanc and wife Keli, Kimberlee LeBlanc Fowler and husband Timothy; three great-grandchildren: Kathryn LeBlanc, Kelsea Fowler and Abbey LeBlanc.
Internment will be held on April 27, 2012 at 1 p.m. at the Irasburg Cemetery. All who would like to attend are invited.
Her family misses her terribly but take comfort knowing that she is certainly square-dancing with our Lord.