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CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- Lillian Haffner Brownell, 88, of Hedges Lake, died in the early morning hours of Monday, May 21, 2007, at the Cambridge Guest Home. She was the widow of Aubrey C. D. Brownell, who died in 1994.

Born Tuesday, March 18, 1919 in Hoosick Falls, Lillian was the only child of the Honorable William David Thomas and Carolyn Haffner Thomas. After graduating as the valedictorian of her class at Hoosick Falls High School, she graduated from Vassar College with a bachelor of science degree and then earned her masters degree in education from State Teachers’ College in Albany.

Lillian and Aubrey were married on June 6, 1942. They moved to Hamburg, N.Y., and Lillian taught 7th grade math at Lackawanna Junior High School until she retired in 1974.

The family always spent their summers at Hedges Lake. After retirement they returned to the Lake to live permanently.

Lillian was active in many organizations including the Village Co-op, “The Loose Ladies of Cambridge,” Mary McClellan Hospital Auxiliary, Republican Women’s Club and the Order of the Eastern Star-Palestine Star Chapter 167, Troy, where she was a 50 year member. She was a devout member of the Cambridge United Presbyterian Church.

She loved to travel, play bridge and bird watch. She taught ceramics, played golf, rode her motorcycle, enjoyed water and cross-country skiing, held an amateur radio license and was an excellent seamstress. Dogs were an important part of her life.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, with whom she lived for several years, Carol M. Brownell and Lowell E. Chapman of Cambridge; a son and his wife, Alan C. D. and Barbara Brownell of Fairfax, Va.; a son, William S. Brownell of Clifton Park; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Friends and relatives are invited to call on Thursday, May 24, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Ackley & Ross Funeral Home, 73 West Main Street, Cambridge.

The funeral service will be held on Friday, May 25 at 10 a.m. at the Cambridge United Presbyterian Church, 81 East Main Street. A reception will follow in the Emma Holden Room. At Lillian’s request she will be cremated and her ashes will be buried with her husband at Stillwater Union Cemetery in Stillwater at the convenience of the family.

The family requests donation in Lillian’s memory be made to either the Cambridge United Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 188, Cambridge, NY 12816 or the Cambridge Valley Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 52, Cambridge, NY 12816.
Published in Bennington Banner on May 22, 2007
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