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Elizabeth Cilley

Elizabeth "Libby" (Davis) Cilley

Wednesday, April 3rd, 1929 - Friday, December 25th, 2020
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Elizabeth Davis Cilley, 91, longtime resident of Essex Jct., passed away peacefully on December 25, 2020 at Elderwood in Burlington, as Christmas carols played in the background. The cause was congestive heart failure and COVID-19.

“Libby” was born on April 3, 1929 to Mabel and George Davis in Henderson, North Carolina. She grew up there with her brothers, Bill and Wade, and a close family group of many aunts, uncles and cousins. After graduating from Henderson High School, she attended Mars Hill College, and ultimately graduated from East Carolina College
with a teaching degree.

In August 1955, Libby married Jared F. Cilley II of Wadhams, NY, moving north and settling down in Vermont (although North Carolina was always “home”). Jed and Libby raised three children on Arlington Street in Essex Jct., Julie, Andrea and Jared III, and were lucky enough to have 65 years together.

Libby had a long, rewarding teaching career, retiring in 1992 as head of the English Department at Albert D. Lawton Intermediate School in Essex Jct. Her ADL colleagues remained a great, supportive group of friends through the years. Libby also enjoyed encounters with former students and their families wherever she went.

In retirement, Libby enjoyed reading, traveling to North Carolina and Myrtle Beach whenever possible, spending time at the family cottage on Lake George, and keeping in touch with her grandchildren and all of her extended family and friends.

The last few years brought numerous health challenges and much time in the hospital and rehab facilities, which Libby met with determination and eternal optimism. She had many wonderful and patient caregivers, especially at Elderwood, UVM Medical Center and Burlington Health & Rehab/Genesis. In the last few weeks, UVM Hospice also provided invaluable care and attention.

Libby was pre-deceased by her parents, Mabel and George Davis; and her brother Thomas William Davis.

She is survived by her husband, Jared (Jed) Cilley II of Essex Jct.; daughter Julie Voll and husband Peter of Charlotte, VT; daughter Andrea Cilley of Charlotte, VT; son Jared Cilley III and husband David Weidner of Haverhill, MA; grandchildren Gregory Voll and wife Sarah and their daughter Alice of Port Chester, NY; Liza Voll and husband Karl Yando of Jericho, VT; Jameson Voll and wife Dr. Grace Lee of Boston, MA.; brother Wade Davis and wife Lynda of Raleigh, NC; and nieces, nephews and cousins near and far.

A.W. Rich Funeral Home, Essex Jct., VT is handling arrangements, although no services are planned, at Libby’s request. The family will gather to celebrate her life when conditions permit. Condolences and memories may be shared at awrfh.com

Memorial donations may be made to the Heavenly Food Pantry, First Congregational Church of Essex Jct., fccej.com
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Richard (aka Ricky) Workman

Posted at 04:45pm
Mrs Cilley was a FANTASTIC English teacher when I attended 8th grade at Prospect Street Intermediate School in Essex Junction. She 'rescued' me from another teacher's class after that teacher and I had a 'personality' conflict (we both liked to hear ourselves talk).
She always treated her students with the utmost level of respect and somehow managed to divide her attention among them equally. My mother passed away while I was in her class and she helped this 13-year-old kid get through some pretty hard times.
I have always remembered her as having been a very positive influence in my life, at a time when I needed her most. She was a teacher who absolutely made a difference in my life and that of so many others.
May GOD bless her family and friends with the emotional strength to cope with the loss of such a fine woman.
LM

Laurie Workman Malenfant

Posted at 08:01pm
To the entire Cilley family, please know that your beautiful "Libby", "Mom" and "Mrs. Cilley" to me sure made a difference in this world. As my teacher and later my neighbor (for about 1year) she always had her eye on me and would check in on my Grandmother when she was there with me. I especially appreciated her direct orders to "get my homework in on time". Thinking of you all, at this difficult time. I will always think of her fondly.
SP

Susan Plunkett-Dunning

Posted at 10:58am
I am so sad that Libby is no longer with us. I taught with her for many years at ADL. After she retired she would call every few weeks and we would go out to breakfast. She always invited us to spend a day her, Jed, and Andrea on Lake George in the summer. When she was no longer able to go out she kept in touch by phone and we would discuss what we were reading. She always asked about my boys. Most recently, she called to check on my son in Philly who is a policeman because she had seen reports of violence there on the news. In our last conversation, I was going to get her a large print book because her eyes were bothering her and she couldn't read. I never got her that book. My thoughts are with Jed, Julie, Andrea, Jared and their spouses and children at this difficult time. She was a wonderful woman.
GS

Gerald m Stuart

Posted at 07:55pm
Mike Stuart: I will never forget going over to the Cilleys on Wed. and Sat. night Hockey Night in Canada watching the games with Jed and Libby. I send my heart felt condolences.
MS

Malcolm Spencer

Posted at 04:03pm
Libby made my husband, Malcolm Spencer, most welcomed when he joined the ADL faulty. If there was a faculty gathering, she made both of us welcomed and introduced us around. I have always thought it was her "Southern Charm". But that was Libby's way. She was a wealth of information and it wasn't long before she shared her favorite readings with me. We
shall miss her smile and kind words to us. She will live on in our memory, Our sincere condolences to Jed and Family. May God bless you in your loss. Sincerely, Malcolm and Gail Spencer
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