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Mary Walker Wilcox

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Mary Walker Wilcox

1919 - 2014 ALFORD Mary Walker Wilcox, 95, a longtime resident, passed away on Sunday, July 27, 2014, at Fairview Commons in Great Barrington. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Feb. 5, 1919, she was the daughter of John and Grace Johnston Moult. She graduated from Adelphi College (now Adelphi University) in 1941. She won several tennis championships in her college years. Mary married her husband, the late Randall O. Walker, Jr. at Crystal Brook Park Chapel in Mount Sinai, N.Y., on June 21, 1941. The couple moved to W. Stockbridge in the late 1940's and together they raised three children. From 1956 through 1965, Mary ran a home bakery business "Farmstead Kitchen" in W. Stockbridge where she sold her baked goods based on the honor system. She was a doting mother to her three children. She served as a Girl Scout, Cub Scout and Boy Scout leader for several years in the 1950's and early 1960's. She was also a teacher's aide at the former W. Stockbridge Village School during 1968 and 1969. Following the death of her first husband, she sold the farm and moved to Alford in 1979. Mrs. Wilcox was an active member of her community. She served on the Alford Library and Conservation Committees. She was also a member of the Alford Garden Club for over 40 years. She volunteered as a ladies' aide at Fairview Hospital in Great Barrington for over 35 years. She married her second husband, Frank A. Wilcox Sr., in Alford on Apr. 21, 1984. Mary was devoted to her family. She hosted Thanksgiving dinner for her immediate and extended family members for 50 years. She was a passionate person with a wide variety of interests. She loved to travel, especially to historical sites; she was a history buff. She was an avid reader, loved the ballet and theater, in particular Shakespeare. Mary enjoyed outdoor sports and activities including camping. She was passionate when it came to nature conservation and her flower gardening. She is survived by her daughter, Cathy J. Walker of Alford; her daughter-in-law, Lynn W. Walker of W. Stockbridge; her grandson, Michael J. Walker and his wife, Carolyn of Providence, R.I.; her grandson, Kevin R. Walker and his wife, Julie and their children, Ryan and Ava of York, Maine, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her first husband, Randall O. Walker Jr. on Dec. 19, 1978; by her son Randall O. Walker, III on July 12, 1972; by her son, John F. Walker on Dec. 16, 2000, and by her second husband, Frank A. Wilcox Sr. on Apr. 6, 2006. In accordance with her wishes, services will be private. Donations in memory of Mary Walker Wilcox may be made to HospiceCare in the Berkshires or the Berkshire Humane Society through FINNERTY & STEVENS FUNERAL HOME, 426 Main St., Gt. Barrington, MA 01230. Remembrances may be sent to the family through www.finnertyandstevens.com
Published in The Berkshire Eagle from Aug. 1 to Aug. 2, 2014
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