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Gladys P. Buchanan

1919 - 2012 ADAMS Gladys P. Buchanan, 93, of 51 East Road in Adams, passed away peacefully at home on Sept. 22, 2012, after a brief illness.

She was born on March 23, 1919, in New Bedford, daughter of Isaac and Louie (Bordley) Pinchbeck. She was educated in the New Bedford schools, and as a young girl participated in the National Spelling Bee held in Washington, D.C. where she met then president, Herbert Hoover.

After graduation from high school, Gladys moved with her family to North Adams where she met her late husband, John Buchanan, to whom she was married for 55 years. They were longtime residents of Williamstown, living on North Street.

Gladys was an accomplished seamstress with her own home-decorating business, making slipcovers, curtains, draperies and other accoutrements for her many loyal customers in Northern Berkshire and Southern Vermont. She retired in 2000, but continued to provide her family with products of her handiwork.

Gladys was a member of the First Congregational Church of North Adams and was active in the women's groups of the church. She was an avid genealogist who spent many hours researching and recording all branches of the family tree to leave as a legacy to her family.

Gladys is survived by her daughter, Jane Jones and her companion Dave Woodin, with whom Gladys made her home; her beloved sister, Amy Fowler and husband Clifford of Stoughton; her brother, Milton Pinchbeck of New Bedford; her granddaughter, Lisa Lister and husband Douglas of Gardnerville, NV; her grandson, Jonathon Jones of Wrentham, Mass., her great grandson, John "Gus" Lister of Gardnerville, NV, as well as many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

FUNERAL NOTICE: A funeral for Gladys P. Buchanan will be held Monday Oct. 1, 2012, at 11 a.m. at the First Congregational Church in North Adams. Burial will follow at the family plot at Houghton Cemetery in Stamford, Vt. There will be no calling hours.

Donations may be made to the VNA & Hospice of Northern Berkshire in care of FLYNN & DAGNOLI FUNERAL HOMES-CENTRAL CHAPEL, 74 Marshall Street North Adams, MA 01247. To send flowers, a gift basket, card or message please visit www.flynndagnolifuneralhomes.com.


Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Sept. 25, 2012
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