Mrs. Mary Alice (Gilmer) Vigneault

Mrs. Mary Alice (Gilmer) Vigneault

Sep 25, 1926 - May 03, 2021
Charleston, WV

Mrs. Mary Alice (Gilmer) Vigneault

Sep 25, 1926 - May 03, 2021
Charleston, WV


Mary Alice (Gilmer) Vigneault, 94, passed away peacefully May 3, 2021. Mary Alice was born September 25, 1926, in Las Cruces, New Mexico. She was the daughter of the late Darby Holt Gilmer and Fae Bates Gilmer. Childhood years were spent in Elmhurst, IL, but her great love was her long-time home in the hills of West Virginia. She attended Beloit College in Wisconsin, where she met and married Frank Vigneault, her husband of 49 years. Her husband Frank, her sister Joann Gilmer Kennedy, and her brother Darby Bates Gilmer preceded her in death.

Mary Alice lived out her faith daily and enjoyed serving as a life-long member of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in vital ways. She loved her circle, United Methodist Women, her years on the Board of Trustees, and the many social gatherings of meals and fellowship.

She delighted in serving others and spending time with family, friends and neighbors. She loved having coffee, “holding court” on her front porch with her neighbors, who became part of her family.

Favorite activities throughout her life included traveling to see her family or anywhere she was invited. Gulfport, MS and Bourbon, IN, were especially dear to her heart. Mary Alice enjoyed weekly bridge games, watching golf and West Virginia University sports.

To Mary Alice, her life was all about making lasting memories. She will best be remembered by her kind heart, energetic spirit, and thoughtfulness for her family and friends.

Mary Alice is survived by daughters, Marcia (Arthur) Litton, Fort Wayne, IN, and Michele (Douglas) McNeill, Sarasota, FL; grandchildren, Clint (Neena) Litton of Montclair, NJ, Andrew (Isa) Litton of Brooklyn, NY, and great grandchildren, Kaia and Raj, many special nieces and nephews and three gran-doggies, Hunter, Ogee and Teddyb. Her family is grateful for five loving caregivers who enabled her to live life to the full in her last several years.

Celebration of Life will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 15, 2021 at St. Marks United Methodist Church, 900 Washington Street, East, Charleston, WV with Rev. Cindy Briggs-Biondi. Burial will follow in Mt. View Cemetery, Charleston, WV.

The family will receive family and friends from 12:00 Noon until time of service at the church.

Those unable to attend the service may view by live streaming. Go to Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home’s website and click on the link posted on her obituary.

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In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 900 Washington Street E., Charleston, WV 25301.

Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home has been entrusted to handle the arrangements.

You may watch the funeral service for Mary Alice by clicking on the link below:


  • Date & Time: May 15, 2021 (12:00 PM - 1:30 PM)
  • Venue: St. Marks United Methodist Church
  • Location: 900 Washington Street, East Charleston , WV 25301

Celebration of Life

  • Date & Time: May 15, 2021 (1:30 PM - 2:30 PM)
  • Venue: St. Marks United Methodist Church
  • Location: 900 Washington Street, East Charleston , WV 25301

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7 responses to Mrs. Mary Alice (Gilmer) Vigneault

  1. Dear Marcia and Michele,

    June and I were so saddened to learn of the passing of your dear Mom. She was a wonderful person and a lovely lady. She continued to attend all of the employee dinners and public functions of Walker Machinery after the passing of your Dad. I am now 82, almost 83, and I remember discussing years ago with your Mom our ages. I thought she was 92, and was surprised to learn that she was 94. She lived a long and an amazing life. June and I will be unable to attend her funeral at St. Mark’s, because of aging issues and difficulty in getting around. Steve and Diane are down in Florida. He is recovering from a serious eye operation and will return to West Virginia, hopefully, next week, if the doctor releases him.. Mike and Beth are now living half time in Charleston and the other half in Pinehurst, N.C. Caroline and Wayne now live in Georgetown, SC. Pat now lives out at Cross Lanes and I will find out this afternoon when he comes out to work on my computer if he is able to attend the funeral and represent the Walker family. We will send a memorial gift to your Mom’s beloved St. Mark’s Church. Sadly, after we sold the company in 2010 we gradually lost contact with your Mom. We would like to talk with you and have you bring us up to date about your Mom'[s final years, etc. My telephone number is 304-562-7156 and my email address is


    Dick Walker

  2. Dear Marcia and Michele,

    On behalf of my sister Melinda and brother Rob, I am writing to tell you how sorry we are about the passing of Mary Alice. Though I have not seen her in many years, I always remember the room getting a little brighter when she was in it. She was a beautiful person inside and out. I know your wonderful memories will bring you and your family great comfort and peace now and in years to come.

    Debbie Agsten

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