Madonna Jeanne Hogben, wife of longtime Rye resident George Loder Hogben, died on August 10, 2017.

Born in Buffalo on March 27, 1940, Donna, as she was called, was the daughter of Edward and Margaret Mischler. She attended Holy Angels Academy and earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from D’Youville College where she was elected into Sigma Theta Tau, the national honor society of nursing. She also earned a Master’s in Nursing Sciences from N.Y.U.

Barbara Davis Moore died peacefully at her home in Amelia Island, Fla., on July 22, 2017, surrounded by family and her beloved golden retriever Boomer. She was 76 years old and lived a wonderful life.

Born on December 8, 1940 in Altus, Oklahoma, she was the daughter of Betty (Banker) and John Marsh Davis. She loved her horse Silver and was a tomboy (the only kindergartener wearing jeans in the school picture). She attended Altus High School and was a Bull Dog cheerleader throughout high school and football queen.

After spending a year at Mt. Vernon College in Washington D.C., she attended the University of Oklahoma, where she was a member of Pi Beta Phi. A lifelong Sooner fan, she followed every game.

As a young adult, she traveled throughout Europe and to Asia. Seeing the world helped develop her adventurous spirit and design sense.

In January 1964, she married her high school sweetheart, Richard W. Moore Jr. They were married for over 20 years. While her husband was deployed with the U.S. Navy, she earned her teaching credential at San Francisco State University and spent time living in San Francisco, with her brother John and cousin Jane Reddick. She told wonderful stories about her first job as a teller at Wells Fargo.

After Mr. Moore left the Navy, they relocated to New York City, where for several years Mrs. Moore taught elementary school at Trinity School, an independent college preparatory school.

Barbara and Richard moved to Bronxville, where they started a family. Always there for her children, she spent her free time playing tennis and learning to cook by watching Julia Child’s TV show. An early adopter of technology, she was one of the first to have a TV in her car to entertain her children on long road trips.

In 1986, Barbara and family moved to Rye, where she invested her energy in remodeling her 1917 home.

It was in Rye that she met Janice Bratches. They became immediate friends and developed a passionate love for one another.

Barbara and Janice renovated and created their first home in Ridgefield, Conn., which was a retreat for their friends, family, and golden retrievers. Barbara loved to entertain. In 1997, ready for her next project, Barbara and Janice moved to Amelia Island. Their home quickly became a gathering place.

A breast cancer survivor, Barbara lived life as she wanted to. She was an example of courage and strength. She always had a strong opinion and wasn’t afraid to share it, as her friends know well. Barbara had fire in her and was loved for it.

Above all, she was fiercely loyal. She was the biggest fan of her children, Katy and Rich, their spouses, and her grandchildren. “Barbara was an amazing mother, grandmother, best friend, and loving partner,” said her family.

In addition to Janice Bratches, her partner of 27 years, she is survived by her children, Kathryn Davis and Richard W. Moore III and their spouses HoShin and Laurie; her grandchildren Jane, Luke, and Frankie. She also leaves behind her extended family: Jane and Ernest Reddick, Judy and Guy Bacon, Liz and Bob Daily, Julie and Tom Haas, Daryl and Bob Finn, Beth and David Conley, Kyle and Mark Finnegan, and their children.

Mary M. Clerkin, a longtime Rye resident, passed away peacefully on June 20, 2017, with her family by her side. She was 93.

Born in Bayside, N.Y., she was the daughter of Agnes and William Godfrey. She attended Bayside High School and graduated from St. Vincent’s School of Nursing in New York City. For many years, she was a dedicated nurse at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Harrison.

She and her husband, Dr. Edward Clerkin Jr., raised their family in Rye. In 2015, she moved to Avon, Conn., to be closer to some of her children and beloved grandchildren.

Mrs. Clerkin was an active volunteer and Eucharistic Minister at Church of the Resurrection and St. Vincent’s Hospital. She looked forward to her weekly bridge game with her friends, was an avid reader, and enjoyed needlepoint, boating, and being near the ocean. Most of all, she adored her grandchildren and was so proud to watch them grow into beautiful young adults.

Mary and Ed Clerkin were married for 60 years. He predeceased her, as did their son, William James Clerkin, and her twin brother, Dr. William Godfrey.

Mrs. Clerkin is survived by her brother, Edward Godfrey of Cape Coral, Fla.; her children: Edward Clerkin and his wife Diane of Farmington, Conn., Peter Clerkin and his wife Karen Gioiella of East Windsor, Conn.; Mary Ann and her husband Michael Pendergast of West Simsbury, Conn., and Tom Clerkin and his wife Pam of Saratoga, Calif.; her grandchildren: Patrick Clerkin, Amanda Clerkin, Megan Roberts, Courtney Clerkin, William Pendergast, and Connor Clerkin; and many loving nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated at Church of the Resurrection on June 24. Interment followed at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Valhalla. 

Donations in Mary Clerkin’s memory may be made to P.O.T.S (Part of the Solution), 2759 Webster Avenue, Bronx, NY 10458, or a charity of your choice.

Elizabeth Krondes Welling, a resident of St. Augustine, Fla. since 1984, passed away peacefully on August 11, 2017.

Born in New Rochelle in 1926, Dolly, as she was known, subsequently lived in Rye. She and her husband Oscar J. Welling retired to St. Augustine, where they soon became active members of the community.

An avid golfer, she regularly met with her “Ponce ladies” circle of friends. She was an active participant in the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox parish and a member of the Ladies Philoptochos. She was a true “Red Hat Lady” in every sense of the term who loved playing bridge and slots with her wide array of loyal friends.

Among her many extraordinary qualities was the ability to make friends easily and she had a smile that would light up a room. She will be widely missed by her family for whom she had everlasting and unconditional love and compassion.

Dolly and Oscar Welling were married for almost fifty years. He predeceased her, as did their son John and her siblings James and Christina.

She is survived by her daughter, Christine Pumphrey and her husband David; daughter-in-law Leocadie Robertson; grandchildren, Brock Pumphrey, Lee Welling, Taylor Esdale, John Welling, and Madison Pumphrey; and four great-grandchildren. A fifth great-grandson is expected in September.

A funeral was held August 16 at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in St. Augustine. Donations in Dolly Welling’s memory may be made to Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church or the American Diabetes Association.

She married David Gile in 1949. In 1964, the Gile family moved from Pittsburgh to Rye.

At age 40, Mrs. Gile graduated from Goddard College in Vermont with a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology. She then began graduate studies at the NYU School of Social Work, and in field placements worked with offenders on probation and children with developmental disabilities. After a hiatus, she transferred to the U. Conn. School of Social Work, from which she earned an M.S.W. in 1975.

Mrs. Gile was a deeply spiritual, non-judgmental, and kind person with many interests, hobbies, and friends. She was an accomplished knitter (mainly scarves); played the accordion (which she called her “Stomach Steinway”), organ, and piano; and enjoyed reading, tracking full moons on her beloved Phillips Brooks calendars, and visiting older people.

Her family said, “Patsy had a talent for mimicking birdcalls, and could quiet a room with a sharp whistle without the use of fingers. She also had a delightful sense of humor, and was a beloved and generous mother, grandmother, and mother-in-law.”

The Giles had a long and happy marriage. He died in 2007. Their daughter, Nancy Gile Gehlke, died in 2002.

Mrs. Gile leaves two sons, David Gile Jr. of Snellville, Georgia, and Larry Gile and his wife Betsy (Roberts) of Brooklyn and their two daughters, Kathryn Gile and Lily Gile; and two grandsons, Joshua and David Gehlk, who live in Provence, France.

A funeral service was held at Rye Presbyterian Church on July 10, 2017.

Donations in Mrs. Gile’s memory may be made to: Chatham Hall School, 800 Chatham Hall Circle, Chatham, Virginia 24531.


Elizabeth Rose Ferris died peacefully on June 22, 2017 at the age of 93. She grew up and lived her entire life in Rye and Mamaroneck.

For many years, Betty, as she was called, was a bookkeeper at Charles Librett & Co in New Rochelle. After earning GRI designation, she had a career in real estate, working for Ann Pastor and at Weichert Realty in Rye.

In 1957, she and Leander (Lee) Ferris Jr. were married at Resurrection Church.

She was an active volunteer with Meals on Wheels. Betty Ferris enjoyed boating with her husband on Long Island Sound, and time spent with family, friends, and her dogs. She was well loved, not just by her family, but also by many children who lived at Rye Colony in the 1950s and ‘60s who came by and knocked on her door for a lollypop.

Mrs. Ferris was predeceased by her husband Lee, and by her three brothers: Jack, Michael, and Daniel Rose. She is survived by her sister Mary Lou Jurs, and two nieces, Patricia and Deborah Jurs.

The family received friends on June 26 at Graham Funeral Home in Rye. A graveside service immediately followed at Greenwood Union Cemetery.

Donations in her memory may be made in her name to The Alzheimer’s Association of Westchester, 2900 Westchester Ave., #306, Purchase, NY 10577.