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Bette Ann Murray passed away peacefully at her home in Westport, Conn., on April 22, 2017, with her family by her side. She was 86.

Born Brigid Ann McHale in Ballycastle, County Mayo, Ireland, on January 26, 1931, she immigrated to New York at the age of 19.

For thirty years, she and her husband Gerald Murray lived in Rye, where they raised their five children.

Tough as nails and smart as a whip, she worked hard and placed her trust in God,” said her family. She was a warm, genuine, and happy soul who took pleasure in simple things. She loved tag sales, maps, talking on the phone, reading, the color pink, Googling, offering others helpful hints, and history.

Mrs. Murray was predeceased by her husband Gerald, and her son, Raymond. She is survived by her son, Thomas L. Murray, and her three daughters: Maureen Murray, Patricia Johnson, and Eileen Murray and her husband Zachary Djimas; her adoring grandchildren: Thomas G. Murray, Paige and Aidan Medley, Shannon and William Johnson, Devon and Dylan Murray; her sister Julia Marley, and her sister-in-law Dorothy Murray.

She will be deeply missed and her spirit treasured forever in the hearts of her family.

A funeral mass was held April 28 at Church of the Assumption in Westport, Conn. Interment followed at Greenwood Union Cemetery in Rye, New York.

The family asks that, instead of a monetary donation, you kindly visit with or take your grandmother out for lunch. 

Frances Gray, a 60-year resident of Rye, died on April 3, 2017.

Born Frances Walker Pratt on July 16, 1930 in Boston, Mass., to Laurence and Frances Duncan (Weed) Pratt, she grew up in Dover, Mass. Fay, as she was known, graduated from the Winsor School in Boston in 1948 and Radcliffe College in 1952. During her childhood, she spent summers at family homes in Duxbury, Mass., and on Lake Sunapee in New Hampshire, where she developed a love of tennis.

After graduation, Fay married Robert T. Hennes, and they moved to Rye. After her first marriage ended in divorce, Fay married John L. Gray III in September of 1967. They were married for 50 years.

She received a Master’s degree in teaching from the College of New Rochelle, and she worked as a special education teacher. A competitive tennis player, Fay was the captain of the Manursing Island Club ladies tennis team for many years and was also an active platform tennis player.

The Grays were members of Christ’s Church, where they served for many years as ushers. Fay was also a member of the Altar Guild and John served as a Vestryman. They were members of Apawamis Club.

Fay loved her dogs, all standard poodles. She could be seen every day walking her dogs for miles on the local golf courses.

She will be remembered for her gentle kindness, quiet humour, and devotion to her family and many friends.

In addition to her husband John, Mrs. Gray is survived by her sister, Carolyn Marshall; her brother, Laurence O. Pratt Jr. (Jerry); her three sons: Robert Taft Hennes Jr., Duncan Pratt Hennes of Rye, and Theodore Preston Hennes II, General Manager of Coveleigh Club in Rye, and their wives Jane, Laura, and Gigi. She is also survived by two stepdaughters, Lisa Gray and Phyllis McCormick; six grandchildren: William H. Hennes, Robert T. Hennes III, Duncan (“DJ”) P. Hennes Jr., Andrew W. Hennes, Theodore (“Preston”) P. Hennes III, and Katelyn Hennes; and a great-granddaughter, Frances W. Hennes.

A memorial service will be held April 21 at 11 a.m. at Christ’s Church in Rye.

Patricia A. Egan of Rye, formerly of Crestwood, and more recently a resident of the Willow Towers in New Rochelle, passed away on February 14, 2017 at the age of 91.

Hers was a life well lived and her legacy will be that of a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Her family was her greatest joy and she was happiest when she was with them.

At her funeral, one of her grandchildren remarked, “My grandmother was the happiest person I’ve ever met.” Everyone in Pat Egan’s large family agreed with that description.

Born July 23, 1925 to Daniel and Sally “Nannyo” (Regan) Cowan in New York City, she grew up in Bryn Mawr Park, Yonkers. She graduated from Cathedral High School and The College of Mount Saint Vincent.

In 1950 she married John Egan, who remained the love of her life for 61 wonderful years.

Pat worked at Young & Rubicam and at Sarah Lawrence College as assistant to the Director of the Early Childhood Center.

She was a faithful parishioner of Resurrection Church in Rye and prior to that, Annunciation Church in Crestwood. She was a longtime member of Coveleigh Club, where she and her husband thoroughly enjoyed the time they spent with their many friends.

An active volunteer, Mrs. Egan served as a board member of the Westchester Catholic Education Council, the Annunciation Guild, the Ladies of Charity, and the Alumni Board of the College of Mount Saint Vincent.

For the past six years, she lived at Willow Towers, where she embraced her new friends and caring staff.

Mrs. Egan is survived by her three children: Betty Ann and her husband Robert Lecky, Jack and his wife Lorrie, and Jim and his wife Marianne; 11 grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren.

A funeral Mass was held at Church of the Resurrection on February 20.

Donations in her memory can be made to Cristo Rey New York High School – Corporate Work Study Program – a co-ed high school for underprivileged students (www.cristoreyny.org).

Ruth Black Henchey passed away peacefully at her home in Rye Brook, with her family at her side, on April 5, 2017. She was 83. 

Born June 10, 1933 in Bronxville, Ruthie, as she was known, was the daughter of Ruth (Bailey) and Witherbee Black Jr. She grew up in a farmhouse on the Port Chester homestead of her great-grandmother, Sophie Yuengling Clausen. She attended the Mary Burnham School (now Stoneleigh-Burnham).

For over 20 years she was a popular sales manager at the Whitney Shop in Greenwich. She was an active member of the TWIG organization for over 40 years, and a longtime member of The Woman’s Club of Rye.

She was a fourth-generation member of Apawamis and Manursing Island clubs. At Apawamis, she was a devoted supporter and fan of the squash community, a stylish presence at tournaments and events, and an inspiration to young players working to improve. In addition to being an accomplished tennis and platform tennis player, she was a beloved fixture on the Manursing beach and courtside.

Children of the neighborhood in Rye where Ruthie raised her own family have described her as their “second mother.” 

Her first marriage to Dick Squires ended in divorce. In 1990, she married Curtice Bickford (“Bick”) Henchey, with whom she enjoyed amazing travels around the world and summer trailer camping in Maine, an activity she grew to love. The couple also spent many happy days together sailing Long Island Sound on their boat, <Sapphire>. Mr. Henchey died in 2007.

Mrs. Henchey is survived by her twin sister, Derith of Medford Lakes, N.J.; her children: Gary Squires (Susan) of Stamford, Cathleen Squires (John Recca) of Jamestown, R.I., and Pamela Reiss (David) of Fairfield; her stepchildren Hope Scully (Kevin) and Winfred Henchey; and ten grandchildren. Her sister Barbara Funk of Barre, Vt. predeceased her.

Family members said, “Ruthie was cherished by all for her beautiful smile, grace, and pink fishy kisses.”

A Memorial service will be celebrated May 5 at 11 a.m. at Christ’s Church in Rye. A reception will follow at Manursing Island Club.

Donations in Ruth Henchey’s memory may be made to Christ’s Church, 2 Rectory Street, Rye, NY 10580.

Paul Robert Mosher, who wrote about business and finance in a long journalistic career, died peacefully on March 5, 2017 in Sarasota, Fla. He was 95.

Born on May 8, 1921 in Melrose, Mass., to Ira and Grace Howard Mosher, he grew up in Southbridge, Mass. and graduated from The Berkshire School. During his childhood, he spent his summers at the family home on Groton Long Point, where he developed a love of sailing and swimming. He graduated from Wesleyan University and Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

After living in New York City for twenty years, in 1968, he and his wife Ann moved to Rye, where they raised their two children. During their time in Rye they were active members of Rye Presbyterian Church, where Paul served as a Deacon for several years. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Carver Center during the 1980s.

Throughout his career, Mr. Mosher wrote for the Journal of Commerce, The New York Herald-Tribune, and several financial PR firms. He was an active board member and officer of the New York Financial Writers Association, the Overseas Press Club, and the Overseas Yacht Club. In 1987 he retired to Sarasota, where he joined the Liars’ Club, an association of writers who meet every Friday for lunch to play Liars’ Poker and socialize with colleagues. He was an avid reader of newspapers, news magazines, and non-fiction, and had a particular fondness for live music and theatre.

He traveled extensively throughout Europe and in his later years loved returning to visit both his native New England and his adopted homes of New York City and Rye. He rarely passed through Manhattan without catching a Broadway show or two.

He will be remembered for his sweet smile, dry wit, deep knowledge and understanding of world politics, and great devotion to his family and friends.

In addition to his wife of 55 years, Ann Mosher, he is survived by his son Scott, also of Sarasota, and his daughter Caroline and her husband Frank Gadaleta, and granddaughters Shelby and Jessie, all of Rye.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 1 at 11 a.m. at Rye Presbyterian Church. Donations in his memory may be made to The Carver Center, 400 Westchester Avenue, Port Chester, NY 10573.

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<<Michael Miskulin>>

Michael Miskulin of Rye, died on February 15, 2017, at the home where he had lived for the past 54 years. He was 85.

He was born September 15, 1931 on Staten Island, N.Y. In 1951, during the Korean War, he joined the Air Force and was attached to one of the new intelligence agencies. Upon his return to the U.S., he received a BA from Wagner College in 1956 and later, while working for Sperry Rand’s Univac division, an MBA from New York University in 1959. From 1962-64 he served on the faculty of NYU.

In 1959, he married Alyce Cazes. Their son, Michael, was born four years later, just before the family moved to Rye.

In 1961, after two years at Uni-Serve, he and two partners formed Computer Methods Corporation, where he was president until 1968. Mr. Miskulin went on to become an independent systems consultant to the airline, banking, and brokerage industries for clients including TWA, Chase Manhattan, and American Express. He played a significant role in establishing systems and procedures for credit card processing and was well respected by his clients, many becoming lifelong friends. Mr. Miskulin also served as a director of Storm Drilling Co. and Lincoln American Corp.

From 1966 to 1967, he was the international president of the Association of Systems Management. The Systems and Procedures Association recognized his distinguished service in 1967. He received the honor of a Colonel’s Commission from the governor of Kentucky.

He is survived by his son Michael of Port Chester. He was predeceased by his wife, Alyce, and his sisters, Anna and Marie.

A wake was held February 21 at Graham Funeral Home. Memorial donations may be made to Wagner College.