Theo Waite

Theo Waite was granted her angel wings on Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022. Her final days were spent surrounded by the family and friends whom Theo had touched during her long and memorable life.

Theo was born to Fred and Nellie Leach in Pawlet, Vermont, on Jan. 24, 1927. Theo had numerous brothers and sisters, and as she grew up in her large family, she quickly learned to appreciate even the smallest of deeds; a perspective that she carried with her to the end of her life.

Shortly after two years of high school, she married Donald (Pete) Mason who died of polio shortly after Theo gave birth to Donna Mason née Donahue. She later married Howard “Sam” Waite, giving birth to and raising six children, all of whom are better people because of the loving environment in which they were raised.

Theo was predeceased by her parents Fred and Nellie Leach, her siblings and daughter Deborah (McKeighan).

Theo is survived by her children Donna, Denise, Howard, Joyce and Tammy; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren as well as nieces and nephews too numerous to mention.

Theo loved dancing, entertaining, cooking and canning and spending as much time as possible with her family. Her home was always a gathering place for family and friends.

She was never afraid to get her hands dirty, and during one period of her life worked with her father to rehabilitate the run-down home that the entire family eventually moved into.

In the spring, Theo’s cremated remains will be interred in the family plot in Pawlet, Vermont, at which time a memorial service will be held.

Arrangements are by Boucher and Pritchard Funeral Directors, Burlington, Vermont.