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Kathryn Elizabeth Hall (Neal) Jerome


1927 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Kathryn Elizabeth Hall (Neal) Jerome Obituary
On May 31,1927 a baby girl, Kathryn Elizabeth Hall, was born in Brattleboro, VT to Hubert Royal Hall and Mary McGrath Hall. On April 2, 2018, she opened her eyes for the last time, peacefully looking beyond to something beautiful. After her mother passed away when Kay was just two, she was raised by her father and step-mother, Ruby Myrick (Huestis) Hall. She graduated from Brattleboro Union High School and worked at the Holstein-Friesian Association.

Her adult life was three-fold, the first beginning in 1947 when she and Leslie A. Neal were married, then moving to Walpole, NH in 1951. They were married for 34 years. Each home where they lived on the Walpole Common was a welcoming place where the neighborhood children and beyond would congregate to play, receive TLC, and enjoy her baked goods and home-cooked meals. The family's life was filled with attending sporting events, days at their cottage on Granite Lake, and hosting the family holiday gatherings. She supported her husband's businesses of L.A. Neal Associates and Brown and Roberts Hardware, working part-time at both. She was a life member of the First Congregational Church of Walpole and the Bingham Chapter #30, Order of Eastern Star in Brattleboro.

Kay later lived in Chester, VT with her second husband, Leonard Jerome. She enjoyed several cross-country road trips, spent countless hours creating beautiful crewel and slate projects for family and friends, and traveled often to Walpole and Brattleboro to visit those she loved, and to the ocean, especially Nubble Light.

Throughout her life, Kay, in her own right, fulfilled her young wish of becoming a nurse by loving everyone, caring for young and old, ex-tending kindnesses to friends and strangers, and always doing what was right in her mind. Her care-giving of others continued in the last years of her life when she chose to live at Maplewood Assisted Living in Westmoreland, NH when her eyes began to fail. She embraced her new friends and the staff as her extended family. Her days there can be depicted by white pearls on Sunday for church, watching the Boston Red Sox, tackling Sudoku and word jumbles, sending large print emails to family, attending music events and other activities, knitting blankets for others, and enjoying the birds and flowers on her walks to the screen house to look down at the Connecticut River.

Kay was predeceased by her parents and infant brother William Ernest Hall, her sister Virginia Hall Willard, a step-sister Cecile Briggs, and step-brother William T. Huestis, Jr., and her beloved son John Leslie Neal.

She is survived by her daughter Mary Kathryn Beer and husband Josiah, her son James Hall Neal and his wife Patti, her daughter-in-law Christine Neal Gowen and her husband Tim, her husband Leonard Jerome and his son Geoff and family, as well as nine grandchildren : Joshua Beer and his wife Ajlan, Jesse Beer, Zachery Beer; Scott Harris and his wife Annlouise, Patrick Neal, Laura Neal Palmer and her husband Doug; Tiffany Snelling and her husband Jesse, Cassidy Neal and his wife Anna, Melissa Neal and her partner Mike Beam. Twelve great-grandchildren brought her joy: William and Ellery; Clayton, Austin, Bron-wen and Gillian; Nolan; Syon, Amalia, Magnolia, and Ophelia; and Levi.

Kay's family is forever grateful to the wonderful staff at Maplewood Assisted Living who were another family to her, and to the staff at the nursing home who so compassionately helped us make her last week of life be as comfortable as possible.

Her wish is for a family graveside service which will be when the grass is green and the flowers are in bloom. She would be so pleased for any donations given to the Assisted Living Activity Dept. of Maple-wood Assisted Living at 201 River Rd. in Westmoreland, NH, 03467.
Published in Brattleboro Reformer on Apr. 5, 2018
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