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Obituary: Eleanore Carpenter, 1954-2023 

Longtime medical technologist embraced the outdoors and leaned into life with quiet strength and positivity

Published November 1, 2023 at 6:00 a.m. | Updated November 1, 2023 at 4:19 p.m.

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Eleanore “Boo” Carpenter died peacefully at her home in South Burlington, Vt., on October 27, 2023, surrounded by family, after a short battle with pancreatic cancer.

Boo was born on February 2, 1954, in Auburn, N.Y., the daughter of Jean and Charles Underwood. She graduated from Auburn High School and from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh and the Upstate Medical Center with a bachelor’s of science in medical technology in 1976.

In 1981, she married Mark Sinclair. After living and working in several parts of the country, Boo and Mark settled in Waitsfield, Vt., where they raised their two sons but later divorced.

Boo worked in a variety of places across the country, including Vermont, California, Arizona, New Mexico and New York. As a medical technologist, she worked at a number of hospitals and clinics, large and small. While doing it all, she especially loved “blood banking.” She retired from her career at the University of Vermont Medical Center in 2020, after more than 30 years there. She received the Mary E. Breen Award for teaching undergraduate students and was honored as one of the medical center’s “Faces” for her service to patients, the lab and the medical center. While working, Boo was a volunteer at Hope Lodge.

Boo embraced the outdoors as she leaned into life with a quiet strength, determination, resilience and positivity. She especially loved to hike, cross-country and Alpine ski, bike, paddle, swim, sail, and play pickleball. She also liked mah-jongg, a voracious game of cards and solitaire, reading, dancing, travel, and, yes, enjoying a glass of Jameson at a roadside or ski bar. Boo often paused to enjoy a sunset, the nightly moon, mountain and lake views, trillium, and music. This spring, Boo completed another of her many adventures, backpacking down into, then whitewater rafting, hiking and camping in the Grand Canyon.

As a two-time survivor of breast cancer, Boo was a proud and devoted member of Dragonheart Vermont. She successfully dragonboat paddled to national championships with her team of breast cancer survivor “sisters,” including this July in Florida. Her team also competed internationally. Boo was also on a team that won the first ever Ice Dragon Boat World Championship in Ottawa.

Boo cherished her family cottage, located on Owasco Lake. While she loved her adopted state of Vermont, “Long Point” was a special touchstone. She revered her time there with her family and friends, including her beloved cousins, nieces, nephews, their children, her sister and brother-in-law, along with her golden retrievers.

Boo is predeceased by her mother, Jean Underwood Marshall; her father, Charles Underwood; her stepfather, Richard Marshall; and her brother Chuck Underwood. She is survived by her close sister, Sali Hazard (and Joe); her brother David Underwood (and Kathaleen); her sons, Beck Sinclair (and partner Allie Kaye) and David Sinclair (and partner Isabel Caldwell); and her husband, Chris Carpenter.

Chris and Boo felt very lucky to have met each other later in life through dragonboat paddling. They especially enjoyed traveling, their lakes, skiing, gravel biking, hiking, pickleball, kayaking, backcountry skiing into huts, cribbage, watching the nightly news, dancing in the kitchen and playing with Chris’s grandchildren. They were married at Lake Mansfield on August 13, 2022.

Boo also leaves behind her special cousins, nieces, nephews, their children, stepbrothers and stepsister, as well as many valued friends with whom she kept in touch. Her friends included those from her childhood and the Auburn, N.Y., schools where she grew up; her Dragonheart “sisters”; her laboratory colleagues; good friends from Huntington and the Mad River Valley, where she lived for 20-plus years; her “amigos,” as she called three close friends; her newer pickleball friends; and those at Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports, where she volunteered.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Boo’s memory to either Dragonheart Vermont or Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports.

A celebration of Boo’s life will be held on Saturday, November 25, 2023, 1:00 p.m., at the All Souls Interfaith Gathering, 291 Bostwick Farm Rd., Shelburne, VT. Arrangements are in care of Corbin & Palmer Funeral and Cremation Service. To send online condolences to her family, please visit

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