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Mary-Chilton Winslow Mead

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STILLWATER -- Mary-Chilton “Mimi” Winslow Mead, 79, of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Stillwater, died peacefully Wednesday, May 7, 2014, at The Nathaniel Witherell Nursing Center in Greenwich, Conn.

Born in New York City, N.Y., Mrs. Mead lived in Manhattan and Brooklyn Heights, N.Y. for many years. Mimi and her husband, Bill, also had a home in Stillwater Township, which has been in the family since 1932. Mrs. Mead was a journalist and syndicated columnist for the Bell-McClure papers. She also worked in advertising and was employed by The Dreyfus Corp. as a director of corporate communications for over 20 years. She retired in 1995. She was a member of the Grace Church Brooklyn Heights choir for 18 years, and she enjoyed membership in The Harvard Club of New York.

Mrs. Mead attended The Nightingale-Bamford School and graduated from The Brearley School in New York. She attended Radcliffe College. A woman of great intelligence, wit and charisma, and possessed of a wonderful sense of humor, Mimi was an avid gardener and a great lover of music.

Mimi and Bill Mead enjoyed traveling. Early on, they visited Mexico (particularly the Yucatan), where both developed an interest in archaeology and the Mayan civilization. Subsequently, they visited Nepal and India; Great Britain and France; and Egypt/Middle East. Bill’s legal work took them to Europe, and the family lived in Brussels, Belgium, for two years. Mimi and her family enjoyed the French language, and Mimi became fluent in it.

The daughter of the late Natalie Wales Douglas-Hamilton and Kenelm Winslow, she was predeceased by her older sister, Natalie Wales Winslow. A devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, Mimi is survived by her husband of 55 years, William G. Mead, and their children, George W. Mead, of West Linn, Ore., Elizabeth M. Stowell and her husband, William, of Darien, Conn., and Malcolm G. Mead and his wife, Kathleen, of Bainbridge Island, Wash. She is also survived by six grandchildren, Eleanor and William Mead, Carl and Timothy Stowell, and Angeline and Nathanael Mead.

Visitation will be held 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 10, at the Smith-McCracken Funeral Home, 63 High St., Newton. A family interment service will follow at Stillwater Municipal Cemetery. A memorial service is being planned for the fall.

Memorial donations may be made to The Nathaniel Witherell Nursing Center, 70 Parsonage Road, Greenwich, CT 06830.

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Published in The New Jersey Herald on May 9, 2014
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