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Annette Gordon

April 27, 1923 ~ April 9, 2022 (age 98)

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Annette Gordon, born April 27, 1923 died peacefully at home on April 9, 2022.  We’d like to tell you a bit about our mother.  She was born in the Bronx, NY to Max and Gussie Gordon.  She attended Hunter College and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree.  During WWII she worked in Macy’s NYC Corporate Office in the Tax Department until Bob was born. While at Macy’s she traveled by train around the country, to some of their largest stores to do audits, which was evidence of her skill as rarely was a woman assigned to do this. She married Milton Gordon March 30, 1947, who died September 16, 2007.  A friend introduced them, thinking it funny they were both Gordons and not related.  It was a date that resulted in a marriage of 60 years! They moved to Lee in 1951 where they lived for 50 years and raised their 3 children. In 2007 Annette moved into Kimball Farms.

Annette leaves behind Robert (Bob) Gordon (married to Carol Dale Gordon) and their 2 children, Jeremy and Alex; Susan Gordon (married to Jim Moran); and Ruth Gordon (married to Rhonda Kincaid).  Annette was predeceased by her brother Norman; her brother-in-law, Leonard Gordon and his wife Edith and their daughter Olivia. She leaves behind her nephew Zak Gordon, his wife Wendy, their children and grandchildren as well as Olivia’s children and grandchildren.

Our mother was a kind, generous person who had a quick smile and was easy to laugh.  She welcomed everyone that came into our family.  Whenever any of us met someone that knew Mom, we always heard that she was the nicest person they had ever met.  We never questioned her love for us as it was unconditional and she easily said the words, “I love you.” Our parents raised us to believe we could do anything we set our minds to – and we did.  Our hope is that each of us leaves this earth a better place. Our mother certainly did. She was a Cub Scout leader, Girl Scout aide, President of the League of Women Voters for Berkshire County, PTA President, helped start a kindergarten in Lee, was in the first group of Lee Town Representatives, a member of the Lee library board, a member of the Sisterhood at Temple Anshe Amunim, worked part-time resolving Medicare insurance billing at Suburban Medical, volunteered as an AARP tax preparer for 20+ years, was a member of the Nutritional and Staff Appreciation committees at Kimball Farms and ran contract Bridge games at the Lenox Community Center and at Kimball Farms.

There’s more, she LOVED to play cards, any card game but her favorite was Bridge.  She was a golfer and had 2 holes-in-one! The first with a friend, and the 2nd with that friend's daughter.  She had an amazing mind all the way to the end. When it was clear she was nearing the end, it was suggested she go to the hospital; she refused. When told she might die if she didn’t go, she responded, “I have to die sometime.”  She was ever practical and pragmatic.

Burial will be just immediate family, led by the Rabbi Liz Hirsch.  Funeral services have been entrusted  to the Devanny-Condron Funeral Home.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Elizabeth Freeman Center, 43 Francis Ave, Pittsfield, MA 01201; https://elizabethfreemancenter.org/donate

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