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ELLEN WALES KINGSBURY


1906 - 2013 | Obituary Condolences
ELLEN WALES KINGSBURY Obituary
KINGSBURY, Ellen Wales Whose father, Nathaniel Wales was a major in the35th Massachusetts Volunteer Regiment during the Civil War and a participant in the Battle of Antietam, passed away peacefully at the age of 106 in her Concord residence on June 15th. Ellen was born in her parent's home in Jamaica Plain on September 11, 1906. Her mother, Ellen Munroe was from Plymouth and was the second wife of Nathaniel Wales. Nathaniel Wales was a lifelong resident of Jamaica Plain. He joined the Union army during the early stages of the Civil War as an enlisted man and eventually rose to the rank of Major. During the Battle of Antietam he was shot in the chest, because he was wearing a bullet proof vest loaned to him by a friend his life was saved. His father, Thomas C. Wales had earlier founded the American Rubber industry with Charles Goodyear of Woburn. Ellen first attended Miss Seegar's School on Eliot St. in Jamaica Plain, and later the Lee School on Clarendon St. in Boston. She graduated from the Winsor School in 1925 before heading across the Charles River to Radcliffe College. She was only at Radcliffe for a year and a half when she was hospitalized for seven months following a sledding accident while vacationing in Maine in the winter of 1927. After she recovered from the accident Ellen volunteered through the Junior League of Boston at a number of hospitals in Boston, especially The Boston Lying-In Hospital. Summers she was a camp counselor at Camp Wabenaki in Maine, a camp she had spent a number of summers at when she was a child. In 1931 Ellen married Howard T. Kingsbury of New York City. While a student at Yale Howard, or "Ox" as he was called by everyone, had won an Olympic Gold medal at the 1924 Paris Olympics as a member of Yale's 8 oared shell. They had met just before her sledding accident and he became a frequent visitor when she was in the hospital. They were married in the Arlington St. Church in Boston. Ox was a school teacher, and Ellen devoted the next 40 years of her life to being a schoolmaster's wife. They were a team whose impact on thousands of young men was far reaching. They worked briefly at the Westminster School in Connecticut, Hebron Academy in Maine, but the majority of their years were spent at the Brooks School in North Andover, Massachusetts. Her husband was a math teacher, crew coach and eventually assistant headmaster. She was the dorm mother who provided motherly support for thousands of young men who had never been away from home before. When the Class of 1957 held their 50th reunion in 2007 they dedicated that reunion to Ellen for all the support and kindnesses she had shown them when they were students. Ellen and Ox retired to Stonington Connecticut in 1969 and spent several years there before moving to Lincoln Massachusetts. After her husband died, Ellen, who actually was known as Jerry by everyone, moved to Newbury Court in Concord. She was one of the very first people to move in when it opened. She was a very active retiree who loved to travel and went on a number of cruises to Egypt and through the Aegean Sea. She had a number of friends in England and loved visiting. An active supporter of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, she attended many Friday afternoon concerts. She loved to read history and poetry. While she was not active politically she had very strong opinions about the way the country was being run in recent years. She was also an avid genealogist and had done extensive research on both her families genealogy as well as her husband's family. But her favorite place of all was North Haven, Maine. She summered there as a child, and she and Ox purchased a place early in their marriage. For the next four decades they returned every summer to sail, swim and entertain friends. They enjoyed the peace and quiet of the beautiful island. When it became too difficult for her to return physically, she loved to remember the happy days spent there with her friends and family. Ellen is survived by her daughter Ruth Sherman of Sacramento, California. Her son Nathaniel predeceased her in 1998. She is also survived by 7 grandchildren, Macy de la Guardia of Panama, Neal Kingsbury of Miami, Florida, Carl Sherman, Heather Moore and Roger Sherman of California, Maggie and Jimmy Kingsbury of Doylestown, Pennsylvania, and her daughter-in-law Terri Kingsbury of Doylestown. Services private, interment will be in North Haven Maine. To share a memory or offer a condolence?visit: www.concordfuneral.com Concord Funeral Home Concord, MA 978/369-3388
Published in The Boston Globe from June 22 to June 23, 2013
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