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Nancy Hamilton Brown passed away after a brief illness on April 24, 2017 in Chicago. She was 88.

Born on March 27, 1929, she grew up in White Plains, attended the Knox School for Girls in Cooperstown, and graduated from Pembroke College of Brown University with a degree in English Literature.

After college, she met and married the love of her life, Charles O. Brown Jr., in 1952. They settled in Rye, where Mrs. Brown was actively involved in the Apawamis Club, the Woman’s Club of Rye, and the TWIG organization of United Hospital. She was also an avid golfer, tennis, and paddle tennis.

With a close set of fun-loving friends, the Browns enjoyed a busy social life, attending and hosting cocktail parties, dinners, dances, and bridge club on a regular basis. Even their children looked forward to their annual New Year’s Eve party, which typically involved talent shows, dancing, and carousing into the wee hours.

A great organizer, Mrs. Brown handled the flowers for Rye Presbyterian Church for ten years, managing the donations, and choosing and arranging the flowers each Sunday. She had a green thumb and an eye for flower design.

Nancy Brown loved to sing, and joined the Sweet Adeline’s Rye Chapter, of which her sister Joan was the director. They formed a barbershop quartet called the Alley Cats and made a splash at national competitions. Admittedly, the Alley Cats gained more notoriety for their costumes than their singing – hot pants with cat ears and a tail, all trimmed in pink marabou – but the key was they had a great time.

In the mid-1970s, after her children entered high school, she became a real estate agent at Realty 3 in Rye, where she worked for over 30 years, until moving to Chicago to be closer to her son and his family. There, she was embraced by her daughter-in-law’s extended family and made new bridge-playing friends at her home in Smith Village.

Although a child of the Depression and a true believer in thriftiness, Nancy Brown was extraordinarily generous to her family, for which they will always be grateful.

She was pre-deceased by her beloved husband, Charlie, who died in 1992. She is survived by her three children and their spouses: Jeffrey O. Brown and Mary Kay Daughters of Stamford, Conn., Jean T. Brown and Ken Case of Huntington Bay, Long Island, and Charles O. Brown III and Mary Vogt Brown of Chicago; two grandchildren, Emma Jean Brown, and Owen Charles Brown of Chicago; her sister, Joan Damon, of Hastings-on-Hudson; six nieces and nephews; and an extended family of cousins with whom she remained close. She was grateful to see them all at a Thomson-clan family reunion just last year.

A memorial service was held in Chicago on April 30, and another will be held in late June in Rye. Please join us in celebrating the long life of Nancy Brown with the family toast: “Here’s to us. Who’s like us? Nae’body. (Thank God.)”

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.

Kathleen Wooster Elmblad, age 65, passed away peacefully on April 16, 2017 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction, Colorado, while in the presence of family and close friends.   

Born on November 7, 1951, at Sloan Hospital for Women in New York City, she was the daughter of Robert B. and Kathleen (Spence) Wooster. Kathy, as she was called, was raised in Harrison, and attended Rye Country Day School.

A highlight of her youth was attending the 1965 Beatles’ concert at Shea Stadium; it exemplified a love for music that spanned and influenced her entire life, from the British invasion to supporting the local KAFM station in Grand Junction. 

In 1975, she moved west to the mountains of Colorado, which had been calling her for years. She settled in Steamboat Springs, working several jobs each day in order to enjoy the outdoors and all the activities the mountains offered, from hiking and camping, to skiing the snowy slopes. 

It was in Steamboat that she met her future husband, Bill Elmbad, and while Kathy had been active in the protests of the Vietnam War, she found a lifelong partner in this free-spirited Vietnam vet, who joked that she had started protesting too late. Together they moved first to Boston, and then to Juneau, Alaska to pursue Bill’s career as a fisheries biologist. 

They wed in 1981 and moved to Grand Junction in 1982, where they raised their family on a small farm with a horse she could ride, a dream of Kathy’s since her childhood. It was also where they became part of a large community of close friends in which their family thrived and that provided love and support through the years, something Kathy treasured deeply.  

Kathy, “Kath” to her friends, will be remembered for the spirit in her step and the sparkle in her voice. She was always planning and doing something, and her husband literally had to stay out of her way to avoid being bowled over as she ran around. Many of her girlfriends thought of her as a sister because of their close relationship. 

Her most fulfilling role was mother. She was an amazing and loving mother to her daughters, and a second mother to many of their friends. Kathy touched many lives through the years and will be deeply missed, but forever remembered by family and friends.

She is survived by her husband, Bill; her daughters, Denise (and her husband Rick), Christina (and her husband Rob), and Ashley; and three wonderful grandchildren. She was predeceased by her sister, Edith Read Wey, of Purchase, and her parents.

A memorial and celebration of life will be held at a later date. Donations in Kathy Elmblad’s memory may be made to KAFM (www.kafmradio.org), 1310 Ute Avenue, Grand Junction, CO  81501.

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.