Katherine Mackinnon

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Katherine Mackinnon

1931 - 2017

Katherine Clauson Mackinnon, beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, companion, and friend, died peacefully at her home in Jay, N.Y., on Nov. 26, 2017, at the age of 85.
A former teacher and librarian, Kay was a constant reader and was always ready for a lively discussion of books, politics, human nature, local happenings, or the big issues of the day. She loved the Adirondacks and explored the mountains by foot and canoe until the last few years. She was also a keen researcher and took particular pleasure in learning about the history of her family. She took great pride in her grandchildren and loved them dearly. With her devoted companion of 25 years, Mitch Dickerson, she traveled widely, kept a garden, and spent countless hours working in the woods in North Jay. She was active in the community and in her church, the Whiteface Community United Methodist Church, and with the Wells Memorial Library in Upper Jay.
Kay grew up in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University. In 1958, she moved with her husband, Dr. John Mackinnon, and their young family to Au Sable Forks, where he practiced medicine until his death in 1971.
In addition to her partner, Mitch Dickerson; she is survived by four daughters, Anne, Maribeth, Jane, and Megan Mackinnon; and a son-in-law, Maribeth's husband Barry Devins; five granddaughters, Emma and Lucy Mackinnon and Jessie, Danielle, and Emily Dunbar; a great-grandson, Lucy's son Henry Stanton; cousins, Emmy Lu and Jerry Friant; and Bill and Carol Anne Dickerson and Bill's children Kate and Andrew.
Donations in her memory may be made to Wells Memorial Library, PO Box 57, Upper Jay, NY 12987.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, at 11 am at the Whiteface Community United Methodist Church in Wilmington, followed by a reception at the Amos and Julia Ward Theater in Jay.
Published on November 28, 2017
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Sue Burdick Young
Dec 09, 2017
Thinking of her wonderful family as they grieve. Kay was such a loving and intelligent woman who elevated the community with her support and friendship. Was so shocked to hear of her death. I found out when I went to Facebook to wish her a happy birthday. Sending love and healing to her cherished family.
Mary Lanzoni Connell
Nov 30, 2017
From the time they were girls to becoming wonderful ladies and great friends. You are what made them and I am so blessed to have shared this journey. Fly high and smile on.
Martha McCann Terwilliger
Nov 29, 2017
I am so thankful I was able to spend some time with your Mom last year. We had a delightful visit.
We reminsisced about many things, including when they moved to town and your Dad had his medical office above the drug store. My parents were thrilled to have you join our community. I also have fond memories of you visiting our home.

My deepest condolences to you all on the loss of your dear Mom.
Hugs and prayers,
Martha Terwilliger
Mary Lanzoni Connell
Nov 29, 2017
So many memories and years of just wonderful kindness. Good bless her girls who I have watched become awesome women and great friends. Love you all
Eric Clauson
Nov 29, 2017
I spoke with her when visiting my dad in his last days. She was always very kind.
Wendy Friant
Nov 28, 2017
Aunt Kay was always so kind. She had a generous spirit that just shone through no matter what. I loved seeing her and my cousins growing up. I am so very sorry for their loss, and so very blessed to have known her.
Deanna Santor
Nov 28, 2017
With sincere condolences her entire family in their loss. She was a very Sweet Lady. RIP Kay.
Nov 28, 2017
When I think of Kay, I think Peace.. she was always so kind, and loved everyone , life and all that it could show her.. she was so very special. We are thinking of all of you in this huge loss , yet her beautiful memories will be forever. Robin & Mark
Cynthia Patnode Carey
Nov 28, 2017
Loving thoughts and prayers for your loss.
I have the fondest memories of Kay. She was a lovely woman and will be dearly missed.
Paul Gladue / Denise Gladue
Nov 28, 2017
"Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints."(Psalm 116:15)
Love and prayers
Trisha Fravel
Nov 28, 2017
I remember sharing Kays birthday with her back in the 80s. All her kids were gone out of state, so I baked her this God aweful chocolate cake and brought it to her. I spent a few hours there with her, drinking wine and eating terrible cake. I think that is when she started to like me, maybe she realized I wasnt the bad influence friend after all. :) Rest in Peace Kay, you were a wonderful lady.
Monica Lanzoni
Nov 28, 2017
So many memories..what a wonderful lady, mother, friend. Kay you always had a smile. GOne but never forgotten. LOve you
Eric Horstmyer
Nov 28, 2017
Thinking of one of the kindest, sweetest souls I will ever know. You were someone special. I will always remember fondly.
Jamine Miller McGiff
Nov 28, 2017
So sorry to hear the sad news!! She was a wonderful person!! We will be thinking of your family and sending prayers to all of you!❤️🙏
Cindy Tenney-Cooper
Nov 28, 2017
One of the most exceptional women I will ever have the privilege of knowing.
Grace, love, kindness= Kay Mackinnon.
With deepest sympathy, I offer my condolences.