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Gaughran, Nellie Keeler

Nellie Keeler Gaughran died peacefully on April 15, 2012. Nellie was born May 25th, 1928 to Nellie Bush and James Edward Keeler in Port Chester, NY. The daughter of a former slave, Nellie graduated from Port Chester Schools. She completed her undergraduate degree at New Paltz Teachers College. She studied at New York University. She received a Master's Degree in School Administration from Western Connecticut State College.

Nellie was a well-respected professional, committed to the education of all children. She encouraged everyone she met to succeed. Nellie was a strong "foot soldier" for Civil Rights. She attended the March on Washington and the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King's funeral.

Nellie served on several Boards of Directors including the Y.W.C.A., Mt. Pleasant Cottage Schools, NAACP, and was president of the White Plains Retired Teachers as well as past president of The College Club of White Plains.

Nellie was a member of the White Plains Women's Club, and S.H.O.R.E., which recognized her for her tireless efforts to feed the homeless.

Nellie will be missed for her fashion sense, quick wit, infectious smile and generosity. Nellie was loved by many, including family, friends and colleagues. To know Nellie was to love her. She had a generous spirit and embraced all who crossed her path.

Nellie received many awards and recognitions during her lifetime, but treasured her family most of all. She was pre-deceased by her husband Bernard D. Gaughran to whom she was married for 45 years. She leaves behind her daughters Beverly, Priscilla, Jane, and Julie. Nellie will be missed by her grandchildren Brett, Taylor, Janelle, Sally, Bonnie, Eamon and Whitman.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, April 21st at 1:00PM at the Chatterton Hill Church, 85 Chatterton Ave., White Plains, NY 10606. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the church.

Published in the The Journal News on Apr. 18, 2012
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