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Obituary: Mary Walden Jeffers

Mary Walden Bell (“Wally”) Jeffers, beloved daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, died April 19, 2013, at the age of 99, in Bloomfield, CT.

Wally was born in Asheville NC in 1914.  She was the eldest child of Mary Walden (Williamson) Bell and Landon Covington Bell. She grew up with six younger brothers in Columbus, OH, and graduated from Wellesley College in 1936. In 1940, Wally married Walter W. Jeffers, an officer of what is now Citibank, whom she had met on a blind date while in college.  They resided in Plandome and were active in the Manhasset Congregational Church and in civic affairs.  When Walter died, in 1989, she moved to Bloomfield, CT.

Wally is survived by three children: Christopher Jeffers, of Hartford, CT; Landon Jeffers, of South Huntington, NY; and Louise Jeffers Brami of Lexington, MA. A second daughter, Gabrielle W. Mangion, died in 1979.  She is also survived by six grandchildren: Jonathan Mangion of Galway, Ireland; Sarah Mangion of Fairfax, CA; Alex Jeffers of New York, NY; Natalie Jeffers of Copenhagen, Denmark; Penelope Jeffers of Cambridge, MA; Julia Brown of Merrick, NY; and Elisabeth Brami of Lexington, MA. Another grandson, Joel Mangion, pre-deceased her.  In addition, she is survived by six great-grandchildren.

One of Wally’s early and lifelong interests was travel.  Her adventurous spirit took her, by boat and plane, to the British Isles and continental Europe, Greece and Turkey, Latin America, Africa, and India and Nepal.  She was an avid painter, reader and devotee of crossword puzzles.  Only a few months ago, culminating a lifetime of reading and fulfilling a long-held ambition, she read War and Peace.  Above all, throughout her life Wally devoted her time and attention to her family and friends, and she died contentedly and peacefully, surrounded by them.  Of her entire full and happy life, she often declared, simply, “I’m a very lucky lady.”

A memorial service was held in Bloomfield on April 25.  The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to Doctors without Borders.


Negotiations are currently underway between the Village of Farmingdale and members of the local CSEA labor union. After a closed door executive session meeting, on Jan. 6, village trustees met with members of the labor counsel to iron out terms of a new contract proposal, which they said will hopefully meet the fancy of union leaders. 


“We have sent our proposals out there,” said Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand, “we are just waiting for the CSEA membership to approve it.”

A new Child Care Centerfor children ages eight weeks through Pre-K—opened at Farmingdale State College this week, which will be open to the community and the college campus. 


“The College owes a great deal of thanks to everyone involved in this project,” said Farmingdale State College President Hubert Keen. “This center provides a safe and nurturing environment for the children of our students, faculty and staff.

Especially for our students, the availability of quality child care can determine whether or not they are able to complete their education.”


On Saturday, November 9, the MHS Girls Swim Team competed in the Nassau County Team Championships. After a strong preliminary performance on Friday, the girls had their sights set on swimming even faster on Saturday at the finals. On Friday, Manhasset qualified 14 individual swims in the top 10 and all three relays. The team also had an additional 7 swims in the consolation finals (places 11-20). On Saturday, the top 20 individuals and relays compete in each event, all finishers scoring points towards their team total.

In the championship’s opening event, the 200 yd. medley relay team from Manhasset set the tone for what turned out to be a historic day in Manhasset Girls Swimming. The relay team of Grace Kenlon, Allegra Sodi, Megan Smith and Meredith Johnson finished third and set a new school record time of 1:51.96, also qualifying for the New York State Championships.

Second at Counties, State Quals as Weilep Qualifies for State Meet

The Indians' regular season came to a close recently, but not before the boys locked up several more post-season honors to complete a highly successful campaign that brought an undefeated season as well as Division and Conference Championships. Manhasset headed into the post-season with high aspirations and battled it out with rival Wantagh High School for two weekends in a row—at both the Class Country Championships and the State Qualification race—coming up just short on both occasions, but achieving many milestones along the way.


Champions for Charity

Thursday, December 5

Mens' Club Luncheon

Thursday, December 5

Holiday Tree Lighting

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