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Mary Pat Arnold

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CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- Mary Pat Arnold, 72, of Academy Street, died peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2005, after a long illness.

Born June 12, 1933, in Cambridge, she was the daughter of Edward J. and Mary Jane Fantoczi Shay. Mary graduated from Cambridge High School, class of 1950, and graduated from the Arnot Ogden School of Nursing in Elmira in 1956.

Mary worked at Mary McClellan Hospital and Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, retiring in 1995 after 45 years of dedicated service. Mary had a great passion for the nursing profession, being considered an expert in orthopedic care as well as being board certified in medical-surgical nursing practice. “Mother Mary” was famous for her Friday brownies.

She was the registrar for the village of Cambridge until this past Aug. 1, when she regrettably resigned, and worked on the village Zoning Board, serving the past three years as chairwoman.

She was an active member and past chaplin of Captain Maxson American Legion Auxiliary Unit No. 634.

Spending time with her family, working in her garden and reading gave Mary much pleasure.

A brother, Edward Shay, and a nephew Michael Shay, died before her.

Survivors include six children, Thomas C. Arnold and his wife Sylvia of Cambridge, Patricia M. Arnold of Cambridge, Edward R. Arnold of Hebron, Michael P. Arnold and his wife Debbie of Cambridge, Robert “Bo” Arnold and his wife Diane of Salem and Daniel R. Arnold of Cambridge; two brothers, John H. “Jack” and Robert Shay and his wife Kate, of Cambridge; cousins Anthony and Pat Rubino and Tom and Connie Carle, of Cambridge, and James Rubino of Troy; 12 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren, two nieces, a nephew and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

At Mary’s request, she will be cremated and her ashes buried at St. Patrick’s Cemetery with a private service.

All family and friends and Legion members are invited to a celebration of Mary’s life on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2005, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Captain Maxson American Legion Post 634, (State Route 22) with a noon luncheon. Please bring a dish to share.

The family requests memorial donations be made to the Cambridge Valley Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 52, Cambridge, or the Southwestern Vermont Cancer Center, 140 Hospital Drive, Suite 116, Bennington, VT 05201 for a future scholarship in Mary’s name. Arrangements are under the direction of Ackley & Ross Funeral Home, Cambridge. Mary was a wonderful woman dedicated to her family, her profession and her community. She will be greatly missed.
Published in Bennington Banner on Oct. 21, 2005
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