Cornie M. Hough – 97, passed away in the comfort of her family at the Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin on Thursday, November 21, 2013. Born in Mooers NY on January 30, 1916, she was the daughter of the late Fred and Elizabeth (Duprey) Abare. On September 21, 1935, she married Henry C. Hough in Waterbury. Henry predeceased Cornie on February 3, 1981.
Cornie was a 1934 graduate of Waterbury High School and following her marriage, was happy and busy as a homemaker and raising her family. At the age of 42, Cornie became an LPN and received her driver’s license. She was employed at the Vermont State Hospital in Waterbury and then later worked in nursing homes in Montpelier as well as a private duty nurse.
A woman of deep and devoted faith, Cornie was a 95-year member of St. Andrew Catholic Church in Waterbury, Court St. Theresa #551 Catholic Daughters of the Americas and the St. Andrew Altar Society. Her other memberships included Waterbury Grange #237, a 42-year member of the Harry N. Cutting American Legion Auxiliary Unit 59, a 37-year member of the Montpelier VFW Auxiliary, as well as the 8 and 40 and the Waterbury Historical Society. In her leisure time she enjoyed traveling, cooking, jigsaw puzzles, playing Scrabble, crocheting and watching movies, particular horror and westerns.
Cornie was particularly proud that her first language was French and had to be taught English when she began school.
Cornie is survived by her children, Carolyn Earle of Eden, Edwin Hough and his wife, Andrea of Northfield, Charles Hough and his wife, Brenda of Waterbury, and Linda Kaiser of Waterbury; 18 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren and 14 great-great-grandchildren; 2 brothers, Richard Abare of Morrisville and Robert Abare of Moretown; 2 sisters, Marie Carri of Tennessee and Grace Lee of Rutland; her sister-in-law, Helen Abare of Alaska; her special friends, Peter and Sandra LaFlamme and their children, Kevin and Julie; as well as nieces, nephews and extended family. Cornie was predeceased by a son Clifton Hough, a great-grandson Dana Byrd, her son-in-law Donald Kaiser as well as siblings, Ruby Dalley, Dorothy Green, Jerome Abare, Clara Pratt, Omeline Morin, Frederick Abare and Pauline Abare.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated from St. Andrew Catholic Church in Waterbury on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at 10 a.m. with a reception to follow in the church parish hall. Friends may call at the Perkins-Parker Funeral Home in Waterbury on Monday evening from 7-9 p.m. Interment will take place in the Waterbury Center Cemetery. The family requests that flowers be omitted; rather memorial gifts would be appreciated to the Waterbury Ambulance Service, PO Box 95, Waterbury Center VT 05677. To send online condolences please visit us at www.perkinsparker.com and Facebook.