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Mary Willis Austin
July 30, 1936 ~ February 1, 2024 (age 87) 87 Years Old
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Mary Willis Austin, 87, passed away peacefully on February 1, 2024 at the Fort Hudson Nursing Home in Fort Edward, NY. She was born on July 30, 1936 in Whitehall, NY. She was the daughter of Leonard and Alice (Lloyd) Willis.
Mary graduated from Whitehall High School in 1953, and moved to Ausable Forks, NY to live with extended family. She worked at Santa's Workshop in Wilmington, NY, and often reminisced about the wonderful people and times that she experienced there. Mary then began her career as an X-ray Technologist at the New England School of Radiologic Technology in Rutland, VT, graduating in 1957. After working at Rutland Hospital, she moved to Boston, MA, and worked at the Lahey Clinic. In 1963, she married Kenneth Austin from Whitehall, and they moved to Ticonderoga. They were married for 15 memorable years, filled with family, friends, boating on Lake George, snowmobiling, gardening, and more. In the 1970s, Mary became an X-ray Technologist at Moses Ludington Hospital in Ticonderoga. Many referred to her as “Xray Mary,” from the expedient and distinct way in which she answered the office phone. Mary loved her job and was extremely dedicated, often being called in several times during the night. After more than 30 years at MLH, she retired at age 70, but continued to volunteer at the Ti Methodist Church Thrift Shop. Mary made so many enduring friendships at the hospital and within the community. She was a caring, helpful, supportive individual, and a joy to be around. Although her afflictions from Alzheimer's impacted her quality of life, it never diminished her cheerful smile. Mary was successfully independent, and devoted to her daughters, family, and granddogs as well. Over the years, her personal life was also filled with pets, wildlife, traveling, reading, TV shows (avid Star Trek fan), and music.
Mary was predeceased by daughter Laurie, brother Robert Willis, companion William Clark, and ex-husband Kenneth Austin.
Mary is survived by daughters Marcy (Matthew) Dreimiller and Molly Austin, grandchildren Rachel and Maddie Dreimiller, sister Lynne Willis, in-laws Jerry and Gail, Lois and John, and Larry, many nieces and nephews, and special friends Betty Lou Gilbo and Dennis Towne.
Mary's family is grateful for the three years of care and support provided by the Fort Hudson Nursing Home and care team family, and for her previous home service caregivers Courtney, Betty, and Shelby.
Mary will be greatly cherished and forever adored by her family. She wished to have a private memorial at the Willis family gravesite at Greenmount Cemetery in Whitehall. In lieu of services, please reflect in prayer or fond memories for Mary and her beautiful soul.
Mary donated to numerous charities, but her favorites were Wounded Warrior and Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. Contributions in Mary’s name can be made to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary at support.bestfriends.org, or Wounded Warrior Project at support.woundedwarrier.org.