BARRE, Vt. – After a brave two-year battle with cancer, Lynne Gladys (Patrick) Reid Carpenter, 76, passed away peacefully surrounded by friends and family on Monday, Dec.10, 2018 at the Lincoln House in Barre, Vermont.

The oldest of eight kids, Lynne was born on June 29, 1942, to Doris (Williams) Patrick and Kenneth L. Patrick of Lisbon Falls, Maine.  Thankfully, she was born with amazing nurturing and organizational skills and put them to good use earning the best big “seestah” title by making sure her siblings were well cared for.

Always the overachiever, Lynne graduated Valedictorian of Lisbon High School in 1960, where she was a cheerleader and class president.  After graduating high school, she worked for Prudential Life Insurance until she married John C. Reid in 1962 and moved to Barre, Vermont.  Together, they raised three children, and although they later divorced, they remained lifelong friends.

Lynne was incredibly active in the Barre community; she coached cheerleading at Barre Town Elementary School, was a Girl Scout Troop Leader and led the Youth Group at the Barre Congregational Church for many years.  With her natural ability to nurture, Lynne fulfilled her life long goal of becoming a Registered Nurse in 1993, and later became a Nurse Educator.  She worked for the Central Vermont Medical Center for 30 years.

On July 17, 1998, Lynne married Don Carpenter at the Barre Congregational Church and combined her three children and Don’s three children forming a “Brady Bunch” of their own.  Following their marriage, they made their home in Barre and Joe’s Pond during the warmer months and wintered in North Fort Myers, Florida.

Her memberships included the Barre Congregational Church and the Barre Country Club.  Lynne enjoyed cooking, entertaining, decorating, reading, golfing and painting with her great friend, Kate Duffy.  She especially relished spending time with her family and friends and was always up for an impromptu party.

Lynne is survived by her husband, Don Carpenter of West Danville, VT; her children Jonica Reid and Amy Jenkins (Tommy) both of Maui, HI and Patrick Reid (Aya) of Tokyo, Japan; along with her siblings from Maine, Joan Patrick of Lisbon, Justin Patrick of Lisbon Falls, Justine Patrick of Lisbon, Loretta Patrick of Brunswick and Susan Patrick of Durham.  She also leaves behind her beloved grandchildren, Kai and Luca Jenkins of Maui, HI, and Ryuku and Kyra Reid of Tokyo, Japan; her stepchildren Jeff Carpenter (Melanie) of Hyde Park, VT, Jeremy Carpenter of Montpelier, VT and Janna Clar of Montpelier, VT; and her adorable step grandchildren Lily Carpenter of Hyde Park, VT and Russell and Ada Clar of Montpelier, VT as well as a plethora of nieces and nephews and in-laws who thought the world of her.  Her kitty, Josie, will also dearly miss her.

In addition to her mom and dad, Lynne will reunite in heaven with her brothers Kenneth Patrick and Daniel Patrick; her sister-in-law Linda Patrick; her niece Marcy Cox; and her ex-husband John Reid.

The service to honor and celebrate her life will be held following the holiday season.  Lynne would not have wanted anyone to miss a good party on her behalf!

The Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy Street, Barre is in charge of the arrangements.  For a memorial guestbook, visit

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Lincoln House

120 Hill Street

Barre, VT 05641 or to

Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice

600 Granger Road

Barre, VT 05641

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