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Pauline G. Piper

1909 - 2015 WILLIAMSTOWN Pauline G. Piper, Williamstown's oldest resident, died peacefully on April 1st, 2015 at Sweet Brook Nursing Home. She was 106. When Pauline Gibson was born in 1909, Theodore Roosevelt was president. She lived through World Wars, the Depression, the Space Age, social upheaval and the computer revolution. Following current events in her later years, she would say, "Oh I just wish I could be here to see how it all turns out." Mrs. Piper was Kansas-bred on both sides of her family. Her father, The Reverend George A. Gibson, was a Methodist minister. Her mother, Margaret Cron Gibson, became a chiropractor after her husband's death when Pauline was just four years old. Pauline was raised and educated in Wichita, KS. She graduated from Fairmont College, now known as Wichita State University, in 1930. She met her future husband, Paul Piper, when she picked a caterpillar off his shoulder at an Easter church service. They were married in 1933, and moved to Baltimore in 1936, where Mr. Piper was an aeronautical engineer. They bought a house in Towson, MD where they raised their three children, and where Mrs. Piper remained for 60 years. She was active in community organizations all her life, especially her churches. She taught Sunday school and later was an Elder of the Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church. She delivered Meals on Wheels, and tutored children in an after-school reading program sponsored by the church. She was a Girl Scout leader and a member of the AAUW. Ardent about social justice and civil rights, she and Mr. Piper marched in racial-integration rallies in the 1960s and in disarmament movements in the 1980s. In retirement, Pauline and her husband studied at Johns Hopkins University, earning Master of Arts degrees in the History of Ideas. The two also traveled widely, visiting many foreign countries, and exploring the United States. After her husband died in 1994, Mrs. Piper continued to travel well into her 90s. In 2001, Mrs. Piper moved to Sweetwood in Williamstown to live near her daughter, Margaret O'Connor. A lifelong learner, she continued to read widely and to keep up with current events, as well as closely following the activities of her grandchildren and great- grandchildren. She enjoyed the cultural scene of the Berkshires, and was very fond of First Congregational Church, Williamstown. Last year she was feted as Williamstown's oldest resident and honored with the Boston Post Cane. In addition to her daughter, Pauline is survived by two sons, Harold Piper of Glen Arm, MD and Lawrence G. Piper of Reading, MA, seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. SERVICES: Her Memorial Service will be celebrated at the First Congregational Church, Williamstown on April 19th at 2 pm. In July, her ashes will be interred with her husband's at Brown Memorial Woodbrook Presbyterian Church in Maryland. To send a card or a message, please visit: www.flynndagnolifuneralhomes.com


Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Apr. 8, 2015
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