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Mary Kirkpatrick

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Mary A. Kirkpatrick

1925 - 2016 BENNINGTON Mary Allison Beattie Kirkpatrick, age 91, a resident of 6 Garbrooke Drive, Bennington VT died peacefully on August 28, 2016 at her home surrounded by people who loved her. She was born on January 2, 1925 in North Adams, MA, to W. Roy Beattie and J. Bessie (Lent) Beattie. She attended North Adams schools, graduating from Drury High School in 1942. After high school Mary attended Keuka College (NY). In 1944 she married Ray B. Kirkpatrick, and after his return from World War II in 1946, Ray completed his education and the couple moved to Pittsfield so Ray could go into business with his father. Mary and Ray raised three children, Suzanne, Kevin, and Bowden. Mary was a caring and devoted mother, helping her kids to be curious and creative learners. Early in her adult life Mary began a lifelong commitment to community service activities. One of the most prominent of these early commitments was service on the Pittsfield School Committee, 1959-62. Also important during those years, and for many years that followed, was leadership in The League of Women Voters. Over the next years Mary supported Ray in his job related moves as a mechanical engineer with General Electric and other companies, moves that took them far from New England to such places as Oklahoma City and St. Louis. During their retirement, Ray and Mary moved to back to New England, to Bennington, VT in 1989, mostly to be near their grandchildren, Linn, Sam, Erin, and Kelly. In addition to them, she leaves her daughter, Suzanne (Ronald Ratliff) of Bennington, her sons, Kevin (Karen) of Burlington, and Bo (Jamie Ryan) of Bennington SERVICES: A memorial service to celebrate Mary's life will be held October 10, 2016 at 11:00 A.M., at the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House in Bennington.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Sept. 8, 2016
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