It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Joan Elaine Conant, 79, on September 11, 2022, at the McClure-Miller Respite House in Colchester. She was born in New Haven, CT on June 30, 1943 to Jack and Lucille (Raines) Anderson. She graduated from Vergennes Union High School and the former Jeanne Mance School of Nursing in Colchester, VT. After receiving her nursing degree, Joan was employed by the Mary Fletcher Hospital in Burlington.

On February 26, 1966 Joan married the love of her life, Edward Conant in Vergennes, VT. They made many wonderful memories together during their 56 years of marriage.

When their children were young Joan and her husband owned and operated Mountain Log Homes. When the children were in Jr. High, Joan went to work for Vermont Public Television as their auction coordinator. She also held various seasonal retail positions in the Chittenden County area.

Joan was a dedicated public servant who devoted her life to giving back to the community. She believed one should give back more than one takes. She was highly respected by her peers in the VT House of Representatives serving 3 terms. She worked tirelessly in the Town of Colchester; as a Library volunteer, poll worker, volunteer in the Colchester School District, and Colchester Craft Show organizer to name a few. She was an active member of the United Church of Colchester and served on many church boards. In addition she volunteered annually for the Vermont ETV Auction

In her spare time, Joan enjoyed reading, gardening, and traveling.

Left to cherish Joan’s memory are her husband Edward; children Kenyon Conant and family, Trevor Conant and family; sister Joyce Brennan and family and brother Jack Anderson and family. She was predeceased by her parents, and her son Craig Conant.

Visiting hours were held on Monday, September 19, 2022, between 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm at Corbin and Palmer Funeral Home, 9 Pleasant Street, Essex Junction. A service was held on Tuesday, September 20, 2022 at 1:00 pm at the United Church of Colchester, 900 Main Street, Colchester, with burial immediately following at the Colchester Village Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Joan’s memory to Camp Ta-Kum-Ta, P. O. Box 459, South Hero, VT 05486 or to The Fold, P.O. Box 1188, Lyndonville, VT 05851-1188.

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