Elaine Arms Cole
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Elaine Arms Cole
  • October 12, 1943 - January 6, 2017
  • Vernon, Vermont

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Elaine Cole, 73 passed peacefully at Vernon Green Nursing Home in Vernon, VT on January 6, 2017. She was born in Greenfield, MA on October 12, 1943; the second child of the late Minnie (Lightfoot) and Francis Arms.

Elaine graduated from Leland and Gray Seminary in Townshend, VT. She married Francis O. Cole in Grafton, VT on August 6, 1961. She and Francis lived in Brookline, VT for 38 years and enjoyed their home, family and friends. Elaine loved being a Tupperware demonstrator who earned a trip to Florida and other prizes. She met many friends through her work at the Newfane Store, the Girls Scouts where she was a troop leader, the Parents with a Purpose support group and through her gardening. She loved her garden, camping trips to Somerset Reservoir and the Northeast Kingdom where she could listen to the loons and enjoy canoing, and her family trips to Maine-she loved the ocean. She was an avid photographer who chronicled the lives of her family, friends and church. When Elaine and Fran retired to their lake house in Derby, VT in 2000, they made many friends in the area and enjoyed having them over for picnics and other celebrations. Elaine was a fifteen year active member of the Derby Community Church.

Elaine leaves behind three children; Christine D. Cole of Derby, VT, Kevin A. Cole and his wife, Deborah of South Londonderry and their daughter Cera Catron of Portland, ME; and Jennifer D. Cole of Vernon, VT; a brother, Robert Arms and his companion Barbara Lowe of Wardsboro, VT; a nephew, Ryan Arms; and two nieces, Vanessa Arms and Kendall Arms.

She was predeceased by her husband, Francis O. Cole; two sons, Matthew F. Cole and Timothy W. Cole and a brother, William Arms.


SERVICES: A Celebration of Life will be held at the Derby Community Church in Derby, VT at a later date. There will be a graveside service at Oakwood Cemetery in Townshend, VT in the spring. The KER-WESTERLUND FUNERAL HOME, Brattleboro, VT is assisting with arrangements. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Activities Program at Vernon Green Nursing Home, 61 Greenway Dr., Vernon, VT 05354.