HARTLAND FOUR CORNERS — A funeral service will be held at the Universalist Unitarian Church in Hartland Four Corners at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 16 for Katharine Jay Bacon, 84, known as “Kitty,” who died peacefully March 4 surrounded by her family at her farm in Hartland Four Corners, where she had lived for 30 years.
She leaves six children; 27 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
A grandson, Frank L. “Luke” McNamara, III died in 1982.
Kitty was a direct descendant of John Jay, the First Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court. She was the youngest of the six children of Delancey Kane Jay and Elizabeth Morgan Jay.
Born at the Plaza Hotel in New York City on April 14, 1928, Kitty was raised in Old Westbury, Long Island. She attended St. Timothy’s School in Stevenson, Md. and Radcliffe College before marrying Robert Bacon in Paris, France in 1949 where her first three children were born; Katharine B. Perkins of Camden, Me., Sarah L. Bacon of Underhill and Charlotte B. Phillips of New York City. In 1954 the family returned to the United States and settled in Woods Hole, Mass. Three more children were born; Elizabeth J. B. McNamara of Bolton, Mass, Susan B. Lodge of Bedford, N.Y. and Robert Bacon, Jr. of Lexington, Mass.
Kitty moved to Cambridge, Mass. in 1968. She was divorced from her husband in 1971. In 1978 she received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard College and later studied at the Episcopal Divinity School.
Kitty was an accomplished writer and painter. She authored three popular children’s books about the exploits of a Vermont grandmother and her many grandchildren during summer vacations at fictional Bell Brook Farm. Like her mother and grandfather before her, Kitty was also an avid horsewoman, gardener and a lover of dogs.
Kitty’s family wishes to convey their deepest gratitude to Philip White of Windsor and Beverly Thibodeau of White River Jct., for their decades of loving, loyal, and dedicated friendship and service to Kitty. They would also like to express their deepest gratitude to Anna Kehler of Pomfret for her outstanding care of Kitty during her final six months of life.
Kitty will be remembered by all for her beauty and grace as well as for her gifts of friendship and hospitality and for her unsurpassed generosity.
Donations in Kitty’s name may be made to the Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center at 289 County Road, Windsor, 05089.
The Knight Funeral Home in Windsor is entrusted with the arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to her family in an online guestbook at www.knightfuneralhomes.com
This obituary first appeared in the March 14, 2013 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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