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Mary "Betty" Gedney

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CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- Mary “Betty” Gedney, 83, of Brookside Drive, died peacefully at her home, Monday, Aug. 25, 2003. She was the widow of Robert W. Gedney Sr., who died in 1996.

Born Thursday, July 1, 1920, in Greenwich, Conn., she was the daughter of John J. and Gertrude (Herdrich) Kelly. She was a graduate of Rye High School, class of 1938.

Until her retirement in 1977, Mary worked for General Foods Corp. in White Plains as an editorial assistant. She worked on “The Post Box,” the newsletter for Post Cereals, and the corporate newspaper “Candid.”

While raising their family in Rye, Mary and Bob took the children to Vermont for many vacations. It was on such a trip that they discovered the beautiful farm in Camden Valley (Shushan), where they moved 26 years ago. In 1991, they moved into the village of Cambridge.

Mary was very active in the community. She was a member of the Rexleigh Covered Bridge Association; the Cambridge and Greenwich Senior Citizens and the Cambridge Historical Society. She was a proud investor in the Cambridge Hotel.

Mary was an avid swimmer and enjoyed playing golf. She was a voracious reader, played cards, enjoyed cooking, knitting and crocheting.

A son, Robert W. Gedney II, predeceased her.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Ellen and Harold Slater Sr. of Rye; a son and daughter-in-law, James and Suzanne Gedney of San Francisco, Calif.; a daughter-in-law, Susan Gedney of Rye; three siblings, Eleanor Lush, John Kelly, and Daniel Kelly, all of Rye; five grandchildren; two great-grandsons; many nieces, nephews and good friends.

Friends and relatives are invited to call on Thursday, Aug. 28, from 5 to 9 p.m. at William H. Graham Funeral Home, 1036 Boston Post Road, Rye.

A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Friday, Aug. 29, at 10 a.m. at the Church of the Resurrection on Boston Post Road, Rye. Burial will follow at Greenwood Union Cemetery, Rye.

A memorial service will be held at a later time in Cambridge.

The family requests memorial donations be made to either Cambridge Valley Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 52, Cambridge, NY 12816 or the Cambridge Historical Society, P.O. Box 123, Cambridge, NY 12816.

Please visit the online memorial for Mary at www.NationalObituaryArchive.com . Local arrangements are under the direction of Ackley & Ross Funeral Home, Cambridge.
Published in Bennington Banner on Aug. 27, 2003
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