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Anne F. Handly, 89, of Lake Street, Port Kent, died in her sleep with her family by her side, Sunday, March 5, 2017, at the UVM Health Network, CVPH in Plattsburgh.
Born in Potsdam, Feb. 20, 1928, Anne was the daughter of Leo Marshall and Mary Margaret (McCarthy) Frenette and sister of Mary Van Deusen, Jean Dykeman and Jane Bateman. Anne was 14 when the Frenette family moved to Malone, where she met the love of her life, and husband to be, Arthur Moore Handly, teaching swimming at the Rec Park. Anne graduated in 1946 from Franklin Academy in Malone and went on to Syracuse University where she earned a bachelor of arts degree, majoring in English.
Anne married Art Handly in Malone on Dec. 29, 1951. Art and Anne had a great and adventurous life together. They first moved to Madison, Wisc., where sons Kevin and Marshall were born, then to Salem, Ore., where a third son, Arthur Brian was born, then back to Madison where Art worked in State Government. Tapped by the Kennedy Administration to provide technical assistance to developing countries, the Handly family moved to Ankara, Turkey, in 1962. During five years in Turkey, a fourth son, Paul, was added to the clan. In Ankara, Anne was elected president of the Turkish American Women's Cultural Society.
In the years that followed, Anne and her family established households as Art was posted in Amman, Jordan, Islamabad, Pakistan, Vienna, Virginia, Dar Es Salam, Tanzania, and Cairo, Egypt. Anne was evacuated from Amman, Jordan, during the Black September War in 1970 and from the burning U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan, in 1979, and testified before Congress about the latter in 1979. In 1982, she climbed Mount Kilimanjaro with husband Art and sons Kevin and Paul. In Egypt, she traveled so extensively and knew the country so well that her sons used to joke that she was in business as "Inshallah Tours." One of her favorite expressions was "drive strongly, Mrs. Handly." She learned to speak Turkish, Urdu, Swahili and Arabic, and had a fine eye for Islamic art. Anne was an expert skier and bridge player, an avid golfer, a gracious hostess and a witty conversationalist, and was an enormous support to Art's successful Foreign Service career.
In 1991, Art retired from A.I.D. and the couple returned to the North Country, to spend a happy retirement entertaining children and grandchildren in Port Kent. Art passed away in 2008.
Anne enjoyed reading, visits from her family and friends, having her hair done at Donna's in Keeseville, and attending weekly gatherings of her Monday and Wednesday bridge clubs in Plattsburgh. She was active and devout member of the Catholic community.
Anne is survived by her sister Jane Bateman, of Ocean Isle Beach, her four sons, Kevin and his wife Piney of Boston, Marshall and his wife Carla of Beverly, Mass., Brian and his wife Ginger of Walnut Creek, and Paul and his wife Jackie of San Diego, and nine grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
Calling hours will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, March 10, at the Hamilton Funeral Home, 124 Clinton Street, Keeseville. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 11, in the Immaculate Conception Church in Keeseville. Burial will be in the spring in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Malone.
Donations can be made to High Peaks Hospice, in lieu of flowers.
Arrangements are in the care of the Hamilton Funeral Home, 124 Clinton Street, Keeseville, 834-7667. To offer an online condolence, share a symbolic gesture, or share a photo in memory of Anne Handly please visit www.hamiltonfuneralhome.com
Published on March 7, 2017
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