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Lee Udy

Published: 9/3/2020 3:00:28 AM
Modified: 9/3/2020 3:00:21 AM

HANOVER, NH — Lee Udy died on September 1, 2020. Born in Somerville, MA on June 23, 1932, Marjorie Lee Smart was the adored only child of Ray and Marj. Lee spent her childhood in Wakefield, MA and graduated from Bates College in 1953. Over the next four years she worked as a YWCA teenage program director in Pullman, WA, Lowell, MA, and New Haven, CT. One day at church, she met a new instructor at Yale, Stanley Hart Udy, Jr. Lee and Stan were married on August 11, 1957 and soon welcomed daughters Martha and Beth.

After living in North Haven, CT and Cambridge, England, the Udy family moved to Hanover, NH in 1972 when Stan joined the Dartmouth faculty. Lee settled the family and took a job in the Dartmouth Medical School administration, culminating as assistant to the Dean when she retired in 1990 to have more time for her favorite "job" as grandmother.

Lee was an active volunteer, sharing her talents with many organizations, including Girl Scouts/Guides, various public schools, The Red Cross, Meals on Wheels, her church(es), and the Upper Valley League of Women Voters. She held the elected position, Supervisor of the Checklist, for many years in Hanover, a role in which she took great pride. Lee was an avid bird watcher, feeding hummingbirds at Stinson Lake and watching shore birds in Bermuda, her favorite vacation spots. Lee and Stan were blessed to share almost 60 years together, the last of which were at Kendal where both were an active part of the community. After Stan died suddenly in late 2016, Lee faced life with courage and resilience, but deteriorating health and isolation from the pandemic took an inexorable toll.

She is survived by daughter Martha and son-in-law John Cassidy of New London, NH, and their daughters Ally Cassidy and Katie Decker (and her partner Myles Sutherland); and also by daughter Beth and son-in-law David Taylor of Newton, MA and their sons Brewster, Charlie, and Jay (and his wife Bethany along with their son and Lee's great-grandson John Stanley).

Her family will greatly miss her warm hugs, playful spirit, unending support, and generous servings of graham cracker cereal. No service is planned; the family invites you to remember Lee by chuckling over some bad jokes and enjoying time with those you love.

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