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JOHNSON – Amy Clara Dufrane, 91, of Johnson, formerly of Hardwick, passed away on Tuesday, July 27, in the comfort of her home with family at her side.

She was born August 1, 1929, in Hardwick, the daughter of the late Fredrick and Hazel (Besaw) Devenger. Amy attended Hardwick Academy.

She married to Gordon Bean, with whom she raised four active sons. She later married George Dufrane on January 5, 1979, in Hardwick.

In her earlier years, Amy was employed at the Hardwick Wear Knitters, Concord Manufacturing in Morrisville, and Benny’s Restaurant in Hardwick. Following her marriage to George, they operated Benny’s Restaurant until they retired. They made their home in Hardwick during the summer months and for more than 35 years they wintered in Florida. When her health began to fail and George had died, she returned to Vermont and made her home with her children. She was a member of the American Legion Post #7 Auxiliary in Hardwick for more than 53 years. She enjoyed visiting with everyone, Senior Activities at Out & About in Morrisville, puzzles, wintering in Florida. She especially loved her fur baby, Rambo.

Survivors include: two sons, David Bean and his wife, Charmaine, of Johnson; and Michael Bean and his wife, Leeann, of Waterville; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by her husband, George; two sons, Clarence Judkins Jr. and Gordon Bean; and two brothers, Ralph Devenger and Fred Devenger.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m., on Saturday, August 21, at the Fairview Cemetery in Hardwick with Rev. Dr. Evelyn Lavelli officiating. 

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Heart Association, New Hampshire office, 2 Wall Street, Manchester, NH. 03101,or to the Alzheimer’s Association, Vermont Chapter, P.O. Box 275, Winooski, VT. 05404. Arrangements are in the care of Dian R. Holcomb, of Northern Vermont Funeral Service, 60 Elm Street, Hardwick, Vermont. Online condolences are welcomed at

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