Katherine "Kay" Root
She married Wilford C. Root on Feb. 7, 1945, at the Chapel in Camp Lee, Va. After Kay and her husband were discharged from the US Army, they moved to Wilford’s home town of Alexandria Bay. They owned and operated the Maple Crest Motel on Crossmon St., Alexandria Bay, for a total of 35 years before retiring in 1985. Mr. Root passed away in 1991.
Kay was one of the first women to become a director for the Alexandria Bay Chamber of Commerce, serving for more than 20 years, and named an honorary director, being active in the Chamber for more than 50 years. She was also one of the founders of the Alexandria Township Historical Society which had the goal of preserving the historic Cornwall Brothers Store. In the year 2000, she received the honor of being chosen as the “Citizen of the Year” for her long active devotion to the community.
was very involved with the Reformed Church of the 1000
Isles, serving many terms as a consistory member , president
of the Women’s Guild and a member of the choir for over 25
years. She was dedicated to many fundraising projects,
especially the seasonal garage sale that she held from her
home for more than 20 years, raising $70,000 ($32,000 for a
new organ and $38,000 toward the construction of the
Reformed Church Jubilee Hall).
A Celebration of Life service will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6, at the Reformed Church of the 1000 Isles, with a reception following in Jubilee Hall. Burial will be in Barnes Settlement Cemetery at the family’s convenience.
Memorial contributions may be made in Kay’s name to the Reformed Church of the 1000 Isles Memorial Fund, 54 Church St., Alexandria Bay, NY 13607.
Arrangements are with Costello Funeral Home, Alexandria Bay.
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