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Obituary: Priscilla B. Throop, 1946-2016 

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Priscilla B. Throop, beloved mother, sister and friend and esteemed scholar, died peacefully on March 8. She is survived by her dearly loved son, Alexander Throop-Quesnel, who tirelessly cared for his mother, bringing her great comfort. His steadfast attention enabled her to reside at home, which she deeply appreciated.

Priscilla was born on February 14,1946, in Worcester, Mass., to Robert and Elizabeth Throop.

She leaves her siblings Cynthia (Scott) Glidden, Stephen Throop, Deborah (John) Barkhausen, Jonathan (Susie) Throop and Michael (Margarita) Throop; former partner John H. Quesnel; and many dear nieces and nephews.

Priscilla was a highly respected Medieval Latin and Greek scholar who earned a BA  in classics from the University of Vermont, graduating summa cum laude, and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She earned her master's degree from the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance  Studies at the University of Toronto and received a certificate of advanced studies at Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Mass. Priscilla translated and published 22 books, which can be found at the website Priscilla was exceedingly modest regarding her scholarly achievements. She simply loved her subject matter and was a tireless researcher.

What we will truly miss is Priscilla herself. We will miss her laugh, the twinkling, ironic wit, her strength and her inspiring ability to savor life. She was a gourmand, a film buff, a baseball fan (Red Sox), a classical music and Rolling Stones lover. She treasured her nature walks with friends and would immerse herself in the lake or a pond or a pool on a daily basis. In the winter months, she was very fond of the people and pool at Pt360.

So what did we learn from Priscilla Throop? Tell the truth with a chuckle, love your work, be close to your children, do your best, laugh, love and have faith. Wear fabulous Swedish dresses with tights. Go jump in the lake, eat something wonderful and appreciate what you have. Study what fascinates you. Sleep well.

A celebration of Priscilla's life will take place on Saturday, April 16 at 11 a.m. at Trinity Episcopal  Church  in Shelburne.  All are welcome. A reception will folllow.

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