Mary Fox Church passed away peacefully at her home in the presence of family, early morning sunshine, windows open bringing in an unseasonably warm November breeze
Born in Philadelphia, she and her parents later moved to New Haven, CT where she spent her childhood–making friendships, some of which she maintained until her passing. After graduating from Chatham Hall in VA she moved to NYC to work for J.Walter Thompson. It was during this time she met a handsome Yale football player, Kilborn Church, only to marry upon his graduation. The couple originally spent the early years of their marriage in New Haven and Cleveland, moving to Guilford, CT in 1959 to raise their family.
The residence on Dromara Road was in a neighborhood where she continued to build lifetime friendships while surrounding her three children with laughter, love, horses, hiking, sailing, and the freedom to roam the nearby farms.
Mary moved North to Woodstock, VT with Kil in 1985 where her life expanded to include a lot more tennis, skiing, gardening, volunteer work, travel adventures to China, Alaska, Greece, British Isles, and the chance to return to painting. Before devoting her life to her young family, Mary had enrolled in the Cleveland Institute of Art. The move to VT gave her the time, space, and inspiration to reconnect with her artistic talents. She studied with many Upper Valley teachers, participated in painting groups, and showed her work at art venues such as Southern VT Arts Associates- Manchester VT, AVA Gallery-NH, Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Prince & Pauper, Quechee Inn, and other Upper Valley galleries.
Mary leaves her daughter Elizabeth of Boston, MA, her son Kortright and wife Jane Ansaldo of Hampton NH, grandchildren Owen Church of Austin TX, Erin Church of Rye, ME, Emily Hadley of Salt Lake City, UT, and Lauren Hadley of NYC. She is predeceased by her loving husband Kilborn and youngest child Heyliger Fox.
Mary’s love of life may best be shared by quoting what she said she sought to capture in her painting: “It’s all in the light you bring to the moment.” Her light will live on in all of us who were blessed to be in her life and it will continue to touch others in the many paintings and memories she created.
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A Celebration of Mary’s life will take place on Dec 27, 2022, at her house in Woodstock, VT.
More details will be provided on the Cabot Funeral Home website and a guest book will be posted there; cabotfh.com
Mary requested to be honored through donations you may make to your favorite charity, The Thompson Senior Center in Woodstock, Hand to Heart Program at handtoheartproject.org, or The Listen Center. God Bless all who touched her life.