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Hannah Victoria Bedford
Hannah Victoria Bedford slipped away from her family and friends on April 21, 2009, at the age of 30. Born November 8, 1978, at Fletcher Allen to J. Cornelius Bedford and Cynthia (Bedford) Carr, Hannah grew up in Waitsfield and attended Waitsfield Elementary and Harwood Union High School. She most recently resided in Middlesex and is survived by her father J. Cornelius Bedford and his wife Carol Bedford, her mother Cynthia B. Carr and her husband Alvan Carr, her brother Nathan C. Bedford and his wife Bethany Bedford, her brother Sam Bedford, her sister Megan Bedford Martell and her husband Daniel Martell, and numerous family relations in the clans of Whipple, Bedford, Carr and Martell.
Hannah graduated from Johnson State College in 2005, earned a massage certification from Kripalu Institute in 2006, and recently obtained a Reike master's degree. She was an amazing athlete and loved riding, skiing, running, yoga, hiking and swimming. Hannah was an accomplished artist who had exhibited at the Warren Arts Festival; she was also an insightful writer, musician and dancer. She loved gardening and energetically pursued a holistic lifestyle. Most of all, Hannah was a beautiful soul with strength well beyond her years. She met her challenges with immense bravery and never failed to reach out to others with challenges of their own.
There were many times Hannah needed someone to reach out to her as well, and her family will always be indebted to the many, many people who responded when she was in need. In lieu of flowers, Hannah's family will be grateful for donations to "Hannah's House," c/o King & King, P.O. Box 879, Waitsfield, VT 05673. The mission of Hannah's House will be to provide a safe haven for young people who have slipped and need a bridge back to their lives.
A celebration of Hannah's extraordinary life will be held at Cindy and Al Carr's house at 388 Ryle Road in Waitsfield at Saturday, May 2, at 2 p.m., with a sharing time to follow. Colorful attire and car pooling will be appreciated.