Memorial for Aunt Anne

By | 14 June 2005

Reprinted from the Post Star:

Amaryllis “Anne” Locke, 75, of state Route 9, South Glens Falls, died Friday, June 10, 2005, at Glens Falls Hospital.

Amaryllis was born Dec. 10, 1929, to Edwin and Bessie (Hagadorn) Neilson, in the dining room of her parents’ home on Windy Hill Road, in the town of Easton. She was the youngest of seven children.

She was a 1947 graduate of Greenwich Central School.

During high school, Anne worked at Davies Florist in Greenwich. Following graduation she was employed at United Board and Carton. She also served as Town Clerk for the town of Northumberland. In 1960, she joined the National Bank of Schuylerville as part-time summer help and was eventually promoted to the position of head teller. When the Glens Falls National Bank and Trust Company purchased the Schuylerville Bank, Anne was promoted to Bank Manager. She worked as Branch Manager in both the Schuylerville and Fort Ann offices.

During this time, she met Edward B. Locke and they were married on Sept. 20, 1975. She retired from the bank in 1985.

She was also very active in the Mettawee Valley Business and Professional Women’s Club, serving as president for two terms, treasurer for the New York State Convention in 1982, and as Financial Chair for BPW District IV.

Amaryllis did not let retirement slow her down. Following her retirement, she served as Secretary to the Fort Ann Planning Board; Clerk for the Village of Fort Ann; Treasurer of the United Protestant Women of Fort Ann; Secretary of the Administrative Council of the United Protestant Church of Fort Ann and Chairman of the Pastor-Parish Relations Committee. Anne was a member of the Queen Anne Seniors Club, where she acted as tour director for several years. She was also a member of the Old Saratoga Seniors.

She enjoyed reading, doing crossword puzzles; taking her ever-faithful companion, Krissy, for car rides; her Friday night dinners at the Docksider on Glen Lake, where she was honored with her own special table; and traveling to Las Vegas to the Lady Luck Hotel and Casino to play the slots. Anne thoroughly enjoyed life, loved her family and friends and was a truly remarkable role model to many.

She was predeceased by her parents; her infant brother Charles; sister, Millie Myers; and by her husband, Edward B. Locke, who died Dec. 13, 1985.

Survivors include her son, George Peters, and his wife, Terry, of Schuylerville; daughter, Susan Peters of South Glens Falls, with whom she resided; stepson, David Locke and his wife, Anita, of Chestertown; and stepdaughter, Donna Haight and her husband, Rob, of Marietta, Ga. She is also survived by her brothers, Marshall Neilson of Clifton Park, Donald Neilson of Greenwich; and sisters, Lottie Fasoli of Greenwich and Bertha Goman of Henrietta, Okla. She also leaves grandchildren, Kim Brunelle and her husband, Timothy, of Schuylerville, Shawn Quinn and his wife, Amy, of Schuylerville, Shauna Locke-Holcomb and her husband, Bill, of Fort Ann, and Sam Locke and his wife, Sarah, of Poultney, Vt. She has eight great-grandchildren: Karen, Fred and Carissa Brunelle, Madison, Sydney, Riley and Chase Quinn and Kaylin Holcomb. She is survived by her aunts, Mamie Bozony of Saratoga Springs and Alice Skeals of Cockeysville, Md. Grandma will be deeply missed by her “granddog,” Miss Kriss Kringle, her constant companion for the last 4-1/2 years of her life. She also leaves numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and a large circle of dear friends and adopted family members.

The family wishes to thank the staff of 2 South for getting her back home to us after her stay at Glens Falls Hospital in March of this year, especially Janine and Karen, who treated her with such kindness and love. Thanks also to the nursing and professional staff of the CCU for all your efforts and tender care, and the staff of 3 South for making her final days comfortable. Words cannot express the family’s gratitude to her niece, Alice DuBois, for being ever willing to take her to doctor’s appointments, make hospital visits and home visits and be the family liaison.

A celebration of Amaryllis’ life will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 15, 2005, at the United Protestant Church, 5 Anne St., Fort Ann, with the Rev. Dewey Armitage officiating.

Burial will be in Gansevoort cemetery.

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