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Mary Jane Chilton, 99, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, at Taylor Manor in Versailles. She was born in Utica, N.Y., the daughter of the late Carson and Kathleen (Bloomfield) Lang. Mary Jane graduated in 1940 from Utica Free Academy and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Lawrence University with honors in English. She later received her Master of Library Science degree from Albany State University. She was employed at Carthage High School, Fort Monmouth and Fort Edsel in New Jersey and later for Ellenburg Central School, which later changed to Northern Adirondack Central School. Mary Jane retired from NAC after 47 years of service, after inspiring numerous students for over four decades. During her tenure, she also served as president of the Northern Adirondack Teachers Association four times. She was a member of Pi Beta Phi Sorority, Delta Kappa Gamma International Society for Women Educators, member and former chairman of the New York Retired Teachers Association, the Champlain Valley Council of Retired Teachers, past chairman of Teachers Association of Clinton and Essex counties, and a charter member of the board of the County Resource Center. Mary Jane also served on the New York State Committee for Women for over 50 years, was a founding member and second president of the Clinton County Republican Women, former secretary of the Ellenburg Republican Committee, chairman of the Founding Committee of Ellenburg Depot Community Library, and a communicant of St. Edmund's Church in Ellenburg since 1941. Mary Jane enjoyed traveling on cruises to Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Bermuda, and many other places in the U.S. and world. She is survived by her son, LTC (R.) Robert S. Chilton Jr. and his wife, Sandra, of Versailles; and several nieces, nephews, and friends. She was predeceased by her husband, Robert S. Chilton, who passed away in 1979. Mary Jane was part of the Greatest Generation, and was a passionate supporter of the military and Kentucky National Guard. Visitation will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 22, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, Versailles. A funeral Mass will be conducted at St. Edmund's Church, Ellenburg Depot, N.Y., with burial to follow at Sheldon Hill Cemetery, Ellenburg Depot, N.Y. Donations in her memory may be made to Taylor Manor Nursing Home, 300 Berry Ave., Versailles, KY, 40383 Guestbook at www.Blackburnandward.com. (Paid obituary)

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