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Mary Louise Noble

March 11, 1940 — November 24, 2021

Mary Louise (Pulsifer) Noble, much-loved wife, mother, sister and giver of baked goods, passed away at Birchwood Terrace in Burlington, Vermont on November 24th. She was able to see and say goodbye to her family that afternoon and soon after was able to let go peacefully. Mary left behind her loving husband, Wendell P. Noble, brother Scott Pulsifer, sister-in-law, Anne Pulsifer, sisters Mamie Pulsifer and Sally Pulsifer, daughter Martha Noble Higgins (Dan), daughter Rebecca Noble Wright (Todd), son Thomas C. Noble (Michelle), grandchildren Emery Hanawalt, Thatcher Johnstone-Wright, Thomas Charles Noble, Jr., Justin Smith, Jake Smith, Melia Higgins and John Higgins and her cats Navin, Harold and Katie. Mary Louise Pulsifer was born in Campton, New Hampshire March 11, 1940, to Bertram and Laura (Ewins) Pulsifer. She graduated from University of New Hampshire and then Katherine Gibbs Secretarial School in Boston. She met Wendell while at UNH, and they were married in 1963. Mary was an executive secretary at Penn State while Wendell pursued his graduate studies. There they made many lasting friendships from all over the world. Always anxious to return to northern New England, they moved to Bennington, Vermont in 1966 and then to Milton in 1971. Mary dove into making the old farmhouse a home. Mary was not afraid to work hard and get dirty. You could find her baking bread in the kitchen and reading a book, out in the hay field, rounding up cows or in the garden picking peas. You could seldom find her sitting down and not doing something. Mary Noble leaves behind a legacy of kindness and giving to others. Everyone who knew Mary Noble was a kinder and better person for having known her. They also knew her whoopie pies, molasses cookies, raspberry squares, French breakfast puffs, Anadama bread, and homemade pizza. Mary was always baking or doing for someone, including cats, birds, cows, pigs, skunks, snakes, frogs, spiders or any other creature in need she came across. Mary gave selflessly to her kids and family and anyone in need. She had two mottos and lived by them faithfully: "Because nice matters" and "Neat people are too lazy to look for things.". When asked how she was doing, her standard reply was, "as good as I have to be". We all know her good was pretty darned great. Visiting hours will be at the Minor Funeral Home in Milton on Monday, December 6, from 5:00-7:00PM, with funeral service immediately following. We ask that you honor her by being Mary-Noble-kind to others every day and donating to the Alzheimer's Association. This would mean so much more to her than flowers. Out of an abundance of caution, masks are requested.
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