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From the Burlington Free Press - http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com

10/03/2002 VICTORIA UPJOHN GAUNTLETT BUFFUM SHELBURNE ? Victoria Upjohn Gauntlett Buffum died Oct. 1, 2002, in Fletcher Allen Health Care after a long illness. She was born in Kalamazoo, Mich., on July 27, 1944, the daughter of Jack C. Gauntlett and Barbara (DeLano) Gauntlett. She attended the Leelanau School in Leelanau, Mich., and Green Mountain College in Poultney. In 1965, she married John Buffum, and they lived briefly in Germany and returned to make their permanent home in Vermont. Together they won 25 professional rally car-race championships. She retired from car racing to be a full-time mother to her daughter, Courtney. Later, as a small business owner, she purchased the Cheese Outlet, which she helped transform into Burlington's Fresh Market. Over the years, Victoria was an active community member and served as a board member and on several committees of Trinity College of Vermont, the Flynn Theatre, the Vermont Folklife Center and the Shelburne Museum. In addition to her generous philanthropic support was her passion for the mission of the organizations she chose to serve. The lifelong influence of her grandmother, Dorothy Dalton, was Vicki's inspiration behind her commitment to the community and helping individuals in need. Victoria is survived by her daughter, Courtney Elizabeth Buffum, the love and light of her life for 35 years. She was preceded in death by her sister, Patricia Gauntlett Maloney. She is also survived by her brothers, Roger Gauntlett of St. Joseph, Mich., and Thomas Gauntlett of Kalamazoo; her sisters, Eleanor Gauntlett Wicks of Westport, Mass., and Suwanna Gauntlett of Berkeley, Calif..; her aunt, Suzanne DeLano Parish; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Flynn, the Shelburne Museum, or the Vermont Folklife Center. There will be a private graveside service. Monday, Oct. 7, from 5 to 7 p.m., there will be a celebration of her life at the Brick House at Southern Acres of Shelburne Farms. Please call the Shelburne Museum, (802) 9853346, for directions. Arrangements are by the Shelburne Funeral Chapel of Corbin and Palmer, 209 Falls Road, Shelburne.
 

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I had the pleasure of meeting Vicki in 1974 during a rally in P.R. Very nice lady and a great competitor. My deepest condolences to the family. She will be missed.:(
 

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Our paths crossed more than once way back when...with her as a competitor and me as a warm body, it was "Hey, look, it's Vicki!!!" stuff...but she is remembered, and she will be missed.
 

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It was a sad moment for me when I saw this post on the passing of Vicki Buffum. Even now, I find it difficult to compose this reply.

Vicki was a classy lady and a tough competitor.

No matter where we met in the rallying world, from the backwoods of Canada to a chilly service area in the Lake District on the RAC Rally, she always had a friendly smile and a warm hug.

I am proud that I knew her.

Doug Woods
 
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