Henrietta Nash Paine
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Henrietta Nash Paine, 93, former longtime Weston resident, homemaker and activist. Once describing herself as a liberal and a nuclear pacifist, longtime Weston, Massachusetts, resident Rita Paine died peacefully on March 30, 2013 in Midlothian, Virginia, where she had lived for the past eleven years. Born in Warrenton, Virginia, in 1919, Henrietta Rutgers Crosby Nash spent her first five years living in Menton, France. After her familys return to the U.S., she attended the Potomac and Madeira Schools in Washington, D.C., and Miss Halls School in Pittsfield, Massachusetts . A 1941 graduate of Vassar College, she majored in bacteriology and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa in her junior year. She earned a masters degree in public health from Yale Medical School in 1943. In December 1942, while she was a graduate student at Yale, she married John B. Paine, Jr., Harvard 23, a Boston-based investment counsel headed for French Morocco as Lieutenant Paine USNR a year after Pearl Harbor. She volunteered as a nurses aide during the war. While raising four children after World Wa r II, she became active in public and community affairs. Her activism began with tutoring African-American students in Poughkeepsie while at Vassar in 1939. In the late 1950s- early 1960s she was an active member of SANE Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy, Voice of Women (VOW), and Women Strike for Peace and served on the national board of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, working toward nuclear disarmament, civil rights, and seating the Peoples Republic of China in the UN. In her community she was active in he First Parish Church, Community League, and the Weston Forest & Trail Association. She also supported the Weston Coalition assisting Roxbury schoolchildren and volunteered in Boston inner city schools, became involved in the womens movement, and sang in the First Parish Church choir. In 1986, a decade after her husbands death, she returned to Warrenton, Virginia, continued to sing in her local church choir, and took up universal health care and local environmental causes until 2002 when she moved to Brandermill Woods in Midlothian. She leaves four children, John B. Paine 3d of Midlothian, Virginia, Thomas M. Paine of Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts, Charles J. Paine 2d of Waynesville, North Carolina, and Sarah C. M. Paine of Portsmouth, Rhode Island, seven grandchildren, and one brother, Philip V. Nash of Westerly, Rhode Island. A Memorial Service will take place at 3 PM on Saturday June 8 at the First Parish Church in Weston, Massachusetts. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013 or via Redcross.org.


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Published in The Weston Town Crier from Apr. 13 to Apr. 20, 2013.
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April 29, 2013
I will never forget her, in her prime, presiding over the house in Weston, with her call tree of like minded activists by the phone.And summoning her family with her lovely voice. Truly a woman of the very highest quality. Had no idea she was such an accomplished academic as well. These images in my mind and memories will be a source of joy for me forever. As will her loss be a sorrow for you, and for all of us.I should add that I consider myself particularly blessed to remember your Father too. Just as warmly and vividly. Now you are on your own. I can tell you, the world is a bleaker place and you will miss them always more deeply than you can say.
arthur waldron
April 18, 2013
Tom and Family,
I just learned about your dear mother's passing. I wanted to express my sympathy and prayers for comfort for each of you. I know she will be greatly missed.
Love,
Shirley
Shirley Teater
April 18, 2013
Denise Cline
April 16, 2013
We are so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.
The Faculty and Staff of Miss Hall's School
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