Reatha Hall Southworth
WILMINGTON - Reatha Hall Southworth, 94, died peacefully on Friday, October 28, surrounded by her four loving daughters.
Reatha was born on March 23, 1928, to Leon Martin Hall and Marie (Yonkers) Hall and sisters June and Thelma, of Fairview Farm in Wilmington. She graduated from school in Wilmington in 1946 and continued her education in New York City at The McDowell School of Design. She went on to work at the McCalls Company as a pattern maker in NYC. Reatha married her childhood sweetheart, Robert Paul Southworth, of Fall River, MA, in 1948 and they took up residence in Wilmington. They had six children together; Paul, Diana, Sharon, Mary, David, and Robin. Reatha and her family moved away from Vermont, residing in New York state until returning to Vermont and the Hall family farm in 1967 to care for her father and to take over the farm.
Reatha was an avid gardener of both vegetables and flowers. She did canning, freezing, pickling, and preserving and especially loved baking bread. She loved to sew her entire life. Decorating cakes became a passion; she made wedding, anniversary, and all-occasion creations for family and friends. In her 94th year Reatha began making cards and bookmarks for friends and family and a whole new artistic pursuit was born to take up her days.
Reatha was preceded in death by her husband Bob after 67 years of marriage, her son Paul Martin Southworth, and her grandson Josiah Langevin. She is survived by her children Diana and husband Clifford Duncan, of Wilmington; Sharon Southworth, of Sarasota, FL; Mary Langevin, of Meriden, CT; David Southworth and partner Tabatha, of New Port Ritchie, FL; and Robin Southworth and partner Martin Scovill, of East Hampton, CT. She is also survived by her grandchildren Jason (Casey) Duncan and wife Lynelle, of Parker, CO; Aaron Duncan and fiancee Jennifer Goodell, of Wilmington; Rebecca Duncan and her husband Mark Silverman, of Wilmington; Ryan Duncan and his partner Jennie Smyth, of Wilmington; Skyler Duncan and his wife Taylor, of Asheville, NC; Andre Langevin and his wife Katy, of Roslindale, MA; Taylor Southworth and her partner Kyle, of Boston; Madison Southworth, of Florida; Brendon Lynn, of Maine; and Gunther Lynn and his wife Edianet, of Connecticut. She is also survived by her great-grandchildren Andrew, Abigayle and Hayden Duncan, Rayvenne and Tommie Duncan, Winter Nakos, Maya and Owen Silverman, Lainey Mae Duncan, Emmeline Langevin, and Kason Wolfe.
Reatha’s request was for a Zoom memorial service with her friends of her beloved Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses of Brattleboro, of which she was a longtime member. Any gifts in her honor and memory can be made there. A simple burial beside her beloved husband and son with immediate family in attendance was her final request.