Bessie V.'s Story

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Mrs. McKay was born in Ipswich on September 10, 1927, the daughter of the late Leonides Vlahos and Garafalia (Pappalimberis) Vlahos. She was educated in Ipswich schools and was a graduate of the Class of 1946. Following graduation she attended Lynn Burdette, graduating in 1948. After college, she started a lifelong career with the Division of Employment and Training.
Mrs. McKay was the wife of the late Clifton McKay, co-founder of Val-Mac construction company. She was a lifelong, active member of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church in Ipswich. In 2012 she was honored for 50 years of service in the church choir. Bessie was also a GOYA advisor for many years. In addition, she was a member of the Alpha Omega Sorority, serving as president and treasurer. She was also a member of the Melissa Society.
She was also a lifelong member of the Logganiko Society, serving many years on the board of directors. She was also a member of the North Shore Hellenic Women’s Guild where she served a term as treasurer and was the Sunshine Girl. For several years, Mrs. McKay was a volunteer in the information booth in Ipswich. Other interests included being an avid fan of Boston sports teams, afternoons at Crane Beach and knitting.
Mrs. McKay is survived by her son, William C. McKay of Ipswich; her sister, Ethel Sayward of Ipswich; as well as many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother, Arthur Vlahos and her three sisters, Mary Vlahos, Angela Lachman and Ann McCraven, all formerly of Ipswich.
A funeral service will be held Friday, April 21 at 10 a.m. at the Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church, 8 Lafayette Road, Ipswich. Burial will follow in the Cowles Memorial Cemetery, 29 Town Farm Road, Ipswich. Visiting hours to be held Thursday, April 20 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Morris Funeral Home, 45 North Main Street, Ipswich. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution in Mrs. McKay’s memory to the Greek Orthodox Church, P.O. Box 6, Ipswich, MA 01938, attn:GOYA. For directions or to send a condolence, please go to MorrisFH.com.
Published on  April 18, 2017
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