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Neil's dad died this morning after a week in hospice care. I didn't see him many times, but he was always nice to me.  There was always a funny card and a check on my birthday and at Christmas.  And terrible puns (Neil's comes by that trait honestly) with a twinkle in his eye and a little knowing chuckle as we all groaned.  He was tremendously generous and good-natured about paying for our rehearsal dinner at the Chinese restaurant despite me turning it into dinner for 80 people (all the out-of-towners) instead of just the wedding party.   When Neil had surgery, he and his wife flew in and helped see him through it.  They hosted lovely dinners when we visited and invited the entire family so we didn't have to go multiple places to see them all.  They clued us in to things that have meant a lot such as "The West Wing" and Harry Potter books!  

This makes the FIFTH death in my close family in the past six months - Neil's brother Tim, my dear friend Lois, Mom, her brother - my Uncle MG - on Monday and now Neil's dad! *sigh All senior folks, all expected... but *sigh
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Sara McKenzie Hunter of Arlington, died at 90 on June 15 at Winchester Hospital of complications from heart failure.

Born in Laurinburg, NC in 1925 to Murphy Grady and Mitt McKenzie, Sara grew up on their tobacco farm.  She was a graduate of Orrum High School, and East Carolina University in Greenville, NC.  A long-time home economics teacher and community volunteer, she was predeceased by her beloved husband of 60 years, Rev. Richard Dowling Hunter.  

Sara’s joy in life was service to others. With Rev. Hunter, she served churches in Michigan, Ohio, New York, and Massachusetts during their lifelong ministry.  She was the first woman elected to the School Board for the Ravena Coeymans Selkirk Central School District in NY where she served for many years, and was President of the New York State UCC Women’s Fellowship.  She was an active member of the Park Street United Church of Christ in Arlington, MA since 2007.  

She is survived by her three daughters: Anne and Rebecca of Cambridge, MA and Elizabeth of Somerville, MA, and their spouses: George Young, Neil Marsh and Jason Merrill; and her beloved granddaughter Alice.  She is also survived by her brother, M.G. McKenzie, Jr. of Lumberton, NC;  her nieces Barbara McKenzie Tervo of Wilmington, NC and Julie McKenzie Jones of Greenville, NC; and their children Ashley, Benton and Caroline.  

A celebration of Sara’s life will be held Saturday, June 18 at 2 pm at the Park Avenue Congregational Church, 50 Paul Revere Rd, Arlington, MA with a collation following at the church. The Saville Chapel of DeVito Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.

Donations in her memory may be made to the Park Avenue Congregational Church in Arlington.

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Our beloved mean old Maine coon cat, Sherlock, aged 16, died at 2:05 am this morning, taking one last breath while N. was petting him.

Here's a lovely photo that N. posted of him.

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If you're so inclined, contribute to the Mid-Hudson Animal Aid Shelter, Saint Meows of Somerville, MA or the animal shelter of your choice.

RIP Sherlock.
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Vanna T. Kittygirl

September 30, 2008
Cambridge, MA

Vanna T. Kittygirl, a Turkish van feline, age 14, died suddenly today in her home of unknown causes. Her human roommates, Neil P. Marsh and Beckie Hunter, greatly mourn her passing. Her nemesis, Sherlock, howls. Beckie found her on the bedroom floor, peacefully quiet, when she came home this evening. As her morning treat had not been consumed, they assume she had been gone most of the day. She will be laid to rest in Arlington on October 1. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the Saints Meows cat shelter in Somerville, or any no-kill animal shelter in your area.

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“She’s a little kittygirl, living in her kittyworld, isn’t she a bit like you and me...”


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