Thursday, February 11, 2010

Mary Frances Buckhout McVay 1910 - 2010

Mary Frances Buckhout McVay 1910 - 2010 GRANBY - Mary Frances Buckhout McVay passed into eternal life on Saturday, January 30, 2010. A native of South Hadley, she was born to Harriet Atherton and Albert Buckhout on March 1, 1910. After graduating from Mt. Holyoke College in 1938, she went to China for the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions to teach English and music at the Wenshan Girls School in Ingtai. She arrived in China during the Sino-Japanese War, on the eve of World War II. As the Japanese invasion of China continued it became apparent that the students may be in danger, so they moved the school 350 miles inland, a treacherous journey, most of which was on foot over the mountains. In January of 1941 she married H. Vilroy "Bill" McVay, a U.S. Navy radio operator stationed at the American consulate in Foochow. She and Bill moved to Chung King after the attack on Pearl Harbor, not returning to the States until 1943. In 1955, after several Navy tours of duty in the U.S. and Europe, Mary and family returned to the Buckhout family home in South Hadley. They moved to Granby in 1964. Throughout her life, Mary Frances was active in her church and community... 



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