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August 29, 1929 ~ January 7, 2024 (age 94) 94 Years Old
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Dacie Kershaw passed away unexpectedly in the early morning on January 7, 2024, at the age of 94. Ida Marshall was born in New York City on August 29,1929 to Charles R. Marshall and Ida Ruperti Marshall. In her childhood, she acquired the nickname Dacie, as legend has it, from a friendly doorman.
Dacie spent most of her adult life in Dutchess County, NY. In 1956, Dacie and her husband, Warren, purchased and restored Windswept Farm in Clinton Corners NY, a 100 acre property they placed on the historic register. There, they raised their children Alicia, Charles, Anne, Clinton, and Katherine. Windswept was also home to horses, black angus cattle, crops, an extensive herb garden, hay fields, a huge vegetable garden, an apple orchard and many cats and dogs. Dacie was predeceased by her son Charles in 1973 and by Warren in 2006. She is survived by her remaining children, her seven grandchildren, and her four great grandchildren.
Dacie attended Brearley School, Oldfields and Bennett Junior College. Dacie’s grandfather founded the Millbrook Hunt and Dacie followed in his wake as an accomplished equestrian and was a long term member of the Rombout Hunt. Of ‘SixPack’, her last and favorite horse, she said: “He did all the work; I just held on for dear life!” Dacie and Warren met on the hunting field and were married on February 2, 1952, at the Church of Transfiguration in Manhattan, also known as the “Little Church Around the Corner.”
Dacie was a lifetime reader and active community participant. She was a founder of the Town of Clinton Library and a Garden Club member. In her later years, after moving to Rhinebeck, she was a member of the Church of the Messiah and a volunteer at Wilderstein and the Starr Library. She took and organized courses at Bard’s Lifelong Learning Institute. She was, at various times in her life, a literacy tutor and the part owner of a plant shop selling herbs. Even in her 90’s, she was active as a member of the Residents’ Committee at Arbor RIdge and interviewed new residents for their book of resident bios.
Dacie’s most fervent wish in recent times was that no one fuss over her. That she went quietly in the middle of the night after a joyous family visit over Christmas speaks much of her character.
Dacie’s family - Alicia Kershaw and her husband Peter Rose, Anne Kershaw and her husband Cliff Berger, and Clinton Kershaw - invite you to a Memorial Service at the Church of the Messiah, 6436 Montgomery Street, at 2 pm Saturday, February 3, 2024 with a reception immediately following at the Parish Hall.
In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate Memorial donations either to: Wilderstein Historic Site, PO Box 383, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 or online at www.wilderstein.org - please specify Carriage House Fund. Or GallopNYC, Attn: Phoenix Trent, 8803 70th Rd. Forest Hills NY 11375 or online at bit.ly/3vwlGfG
Arrangements under the direction of the Dapson-Chestney Funeral Home, 51 W. Market St., Rhinebeck, NY, www.dapsonchestney.com