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Nellie Gaughran, 83, Retired Hartsdale Educator

HARTSDALE, N.Y. – Nellie Keeler Gaughran, 83, of Hartsdale, formerly of Port Chester, died peacefully on April 15.

Gaughran was born May 25, 1928 to Nellie Bush and James Edward Keeler in Port Chester. The daughter of a former slave, she graduated from Port Chester schools and received a bachelor’s degree from New Paltz Teachers College. Gaughran studied at New York University and received a master's degree in school administration from Western Connecticut State College.

She was committed to the education of all children and a former "foot soldier" for the Civil Rights Movement. Gaughran marched in Washington and attended the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King's funeral.

A member of several boards of directors, Gaughran served with the YWCA, Mt. Pleasant Cottage Schools and the NAACP. She served as president of the White Plains Retired Teachers as well as past president of The College Club of White Plains.

Gaughran was a member of the White Plains Women's Club and Sheltering the Homeless is Our Responsibility (SHORE), which recognized her for her tireless efforts to feed the homeless. She received many awards and recognitions during her lifetime, but she treasured her family most of all.

She was predeceased by her husband of 45 years, Bernard D. Gaughran. She is survived by four daughters, Beverly, Priscilla, Jane and Julie; and seven grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Chatterton Hill Church in White Plains, N.Y. 10606. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the church.

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