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NORTH ANDOVER, MA - Emily Gammie died on Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017, in North Andover, Mass., after a long struggle with dementia. Emily Preston Stickney was born Dec. 1, 1926, at Mt. Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Mass., the first child of Emily (Emma Theresa) Preston and Charles Alpheus Stickney, Jr. of Arlington, Mass. She grew up in Foxborough and Waban, with shorter stays in Georgia, Florida, New Jersey, and Washington, D.C., occasioned by the Great Depression. In 1944, she graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington, D.C., where her father worked for the War Production Board and her mother for the State Department. She attended Cornell University and graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design. She worked in advertising in Providence, and in 1963 she met James Gammie, an electrical engineer working at Bell Labs in North Andover. They were married June 8, 1963, in Rumford, R.I., and settled on Glencrest Drive in North Andover, where they raised two sons, James and Charles. She was active in the community as a member of the First Congregational Church of Georgetown and later as a member of the Trinitarian Congregational Church of North Andover, where she led the Women's Fellowship and served on the diaconate. She was a founding member and President of the North Andover League of Women Voters and one of the authors of the "Our Town" handbook. Jim retired in 1986 which gave them time to travel and spend the summers at their cottage on Square Pond in Maine. She loved reading, watercolor painting, and calligraphy. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim, and younger sisters, Barbara and Julia. She is survived by her sons, James of Stevenson, Md., and Charles of Champaign, Ill.; her daughters-in-law, Ann Fraker and Kristin Hoganson; and her beloved grandchildren, Jerome, Annemily, Thomas, James, and Edith. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in support of student scholarships at the Rhode Island School of Design, Two College Street, Providence, RI 02903 or at support.risd.edu. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 7, 2018, at the Trinitarian Congregational Church in North Andover.
Published on January 8, 2018
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