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Joan Baker Hildebrand


Joan Baker Hildebrand, 82, of East Warren Road, Waitsfield, passed away unexpectedly at her home in the comfort of her family on Friday, June 5, 2009. Born in Baltimore, MD, on St. Patrick's Day, March 17, 1927, she was the daughter of the late John Rea Baker and Mable (Milton) Baker. On August 24, 1951, she married James Bosley Hildebrand in Baltimore. James predeceased Joan on December 8, 2000.

Joan was a graduate of Western Maryland College. Following her marriage she and James enjoyed their time together with many moves during her husband's employment with IBM, which included Burlington. They particularly savored their travels and adventures to distant countries and cultures. Eventually they fell in love with the Waitsfield community and decided to make their final move close to their children and grandchildren.

Family dinners and celebrations with her grandchildren were most special to Joan along with hosting get-togethers with friends, tending her vibrant flower gardens or enjoying sunsets from her front porch. She was an active member of St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church in Waitsfield and was an avid Red Sox fan to the end, with high expectations of another World Series Championship this year.  

Joan is survived by her two sons, James B. Hildebrand and his wife Nancy Coombs of Waitsfield and John B. Hildebrand and his wife of Carol of Milford, NH; her loving grandchildren, Kyle D. Hildebrand and his wife Megan, Meghan Barnes and her husband Tyler, Cory Hildebrand and Harlan Hildebrand.

A service to celebrate the life of Joan Hildebrand will be held from the 1824 House in Waitsfield on June 26 at 1 p.m. Inurnment will be private. Memorial gifts in lieu of flowers would be appreciated to the Mad River Valley Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 305, Waitsfield, VT 05673, or to the Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 60 Kimball Ave., So. Burlington, VT 05403.

To send online condolences please visit www.perkinsparker.com. The Perkins-Parker Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Waterbury is assisting the family.


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