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Lois May Fell Nute
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Birth: Jan. 13, 1921
Death: Jan. 8, 2011

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. - Lois May Nute, 89, of Cambridge Woods, died peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Saturday, January 8, 2011, at the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation in Bennington.

Born January 13, 1921, in Stroud, New South Wales, Australia, she was the daughter of John Hessel and Margaret (Phillips) Fell. She was one of eight children. Lois began studying classical piano in Melbourne and continued at the Conservatorium of Music in Sydney where she both studied and taught.

Lois came to the United States as the war-bride of John Wesley Nute, living first in Scarsdale, N.Y. They later lived in Mercer Island, Wash., and Hillsdale, Calif., before settling in Londonderry, Vt., in 1960.

A gifted and exacting musician, Lois continued both taking and teaching piano lessons, as well as composition well into her 80s. Her neighbors delighted in hearing her practice and would often gather outside her door to listen.

Lois was honored to serve as an oblate for the Weston Priory for over 40 years where she developed deep and lasting friendships. She was much appreciated by the brothers for her delicious trifles and abundant fruitcakes.

In addition to the remarkable desserts that earned her the name, "The Dessert Lady," she also made magnificent and highly coveted marmalade. Lois enjoyed knitting, reading, the arts, and she was a passionate and generous gardener who beautified the communities in which she lived by sharing the bounty of her garden.

In 2005, Lois moved to Cambridge to be near her daughter, Stacey. Survivors include four children, Sandra L. Williams and husband Melbourne "Billy" of Marlow, N.H., Wendy A. Ishii and husband Douglas of La Porte, Colo., Anastasia L. "Stacey" Nute and husband Andrew Pate of Greenwich and John B. Nute of North Hero, Vt.; two grandchildren, Russell Williams and wife Kari, and Stephanie Bauer and husband Tom; two siblings, Margaret Stubbs and Lindsay Fell; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Services will be held on Thursday, January 13, 2011, (Lois's 90th birthday) at the New Skete Monastery ( for directions) beginning with Vespers at 5:00 p.m. There will be a reception following the service.

The family suggests memorial donations be made to either the Weston Priory, 58 Priory Hill Road, Weston, VT 05161-6400; or Centers for Living and Rehabilitation-Palliative Care Unit, 160 Hospital Drive, Bennington, VT 05201.

Lois was a wonderful mother, grandmother and friend who, in spite of any adversity that she might encounter, had a spirit of joy, light, grace and humor with which she lived her life. She will be forever remembered.

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Published in Rutland Herald from January 10 to January 11, 2011 
Created by: Carol Bestick
Record added: Jan 10, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 63989432


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