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Nancy Stevens McAleer

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Nancy Stevens McAleer SUNDERLAND, VT Nancy Stevens McAleer, 90, a native of St. Louis, died March 26 in her home in Sunderland, Vt., from complications of a stroke. One of four daughters of the late Ir (CQ) Augustus and Ruth Bixby Stevens of Ladue and a granddaughter of the St. Louis businessman, art collector and philanthropist W. K. Bixby, she attended the Community and John Burroughs Schools in St. Louis, a finishing school in Lausanne, Switzerland, and the Cambridge, MA School of Architecture. While in Switzerland she had learned to ski, which charmed her future husband, A. Gordon McAleer, an early ski enthusiast who lived across the street from her in Brookline, Mass. They were married Sep. 2, 1939, at Mohican Point, the Bixby family vacation residence in Bolton Landing, N.Y., overlooking Lake George, where they continued to summer together until his death in 1989. After Gordon's service in the Navy during World War II, they established a home in Southport, Conn., where Nancy reared their four children and he became an executive of the Canada Dry Corp. They moved to Vermont after his retirement in 1972. Known affectionately as "the Little Red Hen", after the indomitable character in the children's story, she was a passionate knitter, gardener, skier and walker who didn't hesitate to pick up any stray garbage in her path. An inspiration to family and friends alike, she leaves two daughters, Nancy McAleer Golden of Santa Barbara, Calif., and Carol McAleer Munson of Sunderland; two sons, Arthur Gordon McAleer, Jr., of Goshen, N.Y., and Stevens McAleer of Riverside, Conn.; a sister, Elizabeth Bakewell of Ladue, MO; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, all of whom loved her dearly. FUNERAL NOTICE: An appreciation of her life will be held at Bolton Landing this summer. Contributions may be made to the Lake George Land Conservancy or the VT-NH branch of the c/o HANSON-WALBRIDGE FUNERAL HOME PO Box 528 Arlington, VT 05250.
Published in Bennington Banner on Mar. 28, 2009
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