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Kathryn Shay 1937 - 2008 CAMBRIDGE Kathryn McCarthy Shay, 71, of Madison Avenue, died Thursday, Oct. 23, at Pleasant Valley Adult Care Home in Argyle after a long illness. She was the beloved wife of Robert Shay. Born in Bennington, Vt., on July 16, 1937, she was the daughter of Richard and Ann Hendricks McCarthy. She graduated from North Bennington High School and from St. Joseph's Business College in Bennington. She and Bob were married Oct. 7, 1961. Kate was involved in many community organizations. She was known as "Shay" to many of the children she cared for. Kate was a communicant of St. Patrick's Church in Cambridge where she was a member of the Pastoral Council and Court Leonard Catholic Daughters of America. She was also a member of Court Joan of Arc Catholic Daughters in Salem. Kate was very active in volunteering in church activities for over 30 years. Kate loved her flower garden and spent many enjoyable hours working there. A son, Robert Michael Shay, died in 2004. Two sisters, Mary Hoard and Patricia Celley also predecease her. Along with her husband of 47 years, she leaves three children, Patrick Shay, Nancy Stefanovich and husband, George, all of Cambridge, and Kathy Shay Woodruff of Hebron; a brother-in-law, John "Jack" Shay of Cambridge; five grandchildren, Dane, Samuel and Magill Woodruff, Felicia Shay and Riley Stefanovich and several nieces and nephews. FUNERAL NOTICE: Friends and relatives are invited to call on Sunday, Oct. 26, 2008 from 3 to 5 p.m. at ACKLEY & ROSS FUNERAL HOME, 73 West Main Street, Cambridge. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Patrick's Church, 17 South Park Street, Cambridge on Monday, Oct. 27 at 11 a.m. Kate's wishes were to be cremated. Her ashes will be buried at St. Patrick's Cemetery at the family's convenience. Children were an important part of Kate's life. The family requests memorial donation be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or www.stjude.org.
Published in Bennington Banner on Oct. 24, 2008
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