It is with a very heavy heart that we announce the passing of Cecelia Antoinette Macauley. She passed on 12/28/2022 from natural causes.
She was born on January 3, 1929 in Pittsburg, PA, one of six siblings (Audrey Marr, Grace Nugent and James, Charles and Warren Marr – all deceased) to parents of Cecelia and Warren Marr. She is predeceased by her beloved husband, John, her friend, confident and love.
Cecelia is survived by her beloved daughter Patrice Macauley (Baker), granddaughter Jennifer Knapp, grandson Eric Esposito and seven great grandchildren, as well as stepson Gregory Macauley and step grandson Scott Perkins.
She loved to be in the garden, cooking, sewing, traveling and being with family.
She enlisted in the US Air Force Nurse Corps during the Korean War as a Second Lieutenant and was honorably discharged as a First Lieutenant.
She worked for the Bronx VA Hospital as a head nurse and instructor of the Spinal Cord Injury Unit. She went on to work at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons as nurse coordinator for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harlem Hospital. This was followed as Professor Emeritus at SUNY Ulster to teach nursing and later she became Director for the Development Center of Business and Continuing Education.
She graduated from Teachers College at Columbia University where she earned three degrees: Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Arts in Nursing Administration and Masters in Nursing Education.
She was honored by the Eastern Paralyzed Veterans Assoc in 1966, was the Kingston YWCA Women of the Year in 1990 and honored by the Kingston Hospital Foundation in 2000.
She authored several professional articles published in geriatric, nursing and physical rehabilitation journals.
She was a past member and volunteer of several organizations: the DAV, the American Legion Post 150, President of Wiltwyck Care, Board of Trustees of Kingston Hospital, Chairman of Kingston Hospital Foundation (designated Director Emeritus at the conclusion of her term), Advisory Board of Benedictine Hospital, Ulster County Advisory Council on Women’s Issues, President of the Women’s Aux. VFW Post 8959, President of the Women’s Aux 17th Airborne Div. Assoc., President of Zonta International, President of the Shawangunk Garden Club and Kingston Hospital Aux.
There will be no viewing services. She will be cremated and buried at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery alongside her husband.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Hudson Valley Hospice Foundation, 80 Washington St, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 or go to their website: HVHospice.org.