Katherine's Story

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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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