Emily Fenton

Emily Marie Fenton

Friday, July 10th, 1942 - Friday, March 12th, 2021
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Emily Marie (Ames) Fenton, 78, of Groton passed away in her home on Friday, March 12, 2021.

Born July 10, 1942, Emily is the daughter of the late Mary McGrady and Lyman Ames.
She was born in Tioga County General Hospital Waverly, NY and grew up in Newark Valley, NY.
Emily graduated from Newark Valley High School in 1962. 

Emily was a volunteer at Cortland Regional Medical Center for 9 years, after retiring from Cornell in 2007 as a custodian. She was a member of the Christ Community Church in Cortland, NY. 

She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Richard L. Fenton. They met in 1968 through a friend, Bob Plunkett at Swans trailer park Ithaca, NY, where they lived for 2 years.  It was instant love at first sight.  They were married September 7, 1968 within 6 months of meeting each other.
They then bought a house in 1970 on Mack St. Groton, NY where they raised their 3 daughters, Roxanne M. Fenton (Anthony Smith), Robin L. Fenton-Roy (Timothy Roy), and Erin C. Skinner (Shaun Skinner).
She is also survived by 6 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren and several sister-in-laws, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Some of the many hobbies Emily enjoyed was weekend league bowling for many years, and attending many trips throughout the years with the Groton and Cortland Senior Travel Clubs.
Emily enjoyed her country music, western movies, kayaking, camping, sewing quilts and blankets, gardening, feeding birds and most of all enjoyed her time spent with her family and friends around. Her family will remember many wonderful memories of holidays spent with Emily with Christmas being her most favorite of all.  Her close friends will miss the many competitive game nights they had, especially with the Hapgood's and the late Dave and Mary Bacon.
A limb has fallen from our family tree.  
I keep hearing a voice that says, "Grieve not for me."  

Remember the best times, laughter, the song.  
The good life I lived while I was strong.  
Continue my heritage, I'm counting on you. 
Keep smiling and surely the sun will shine through.

My mind is at ease, my soul is at rest.
Remembering all, how I truly was blessed.
Continue traditions, no matter how small.
Go on with your life, don't worry about falls.

I miss you all dearly, so keep up your chin.
Until the day comes we're together again.
As Emily's wishes, there will not be funeral services at this time, family gathering will be at a later date.
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Patty Walsh

Posted at 07:41am
So Sorry to hear of Emily passing on. Please remember all the times you spent together and all the memories you have of her. Remember to talk about them and share them to help with the grieving process. Emily was a very caring and good person, always willing to help and with a smile on her face no matter what the circumstances were. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. May you all hold each other a little tighter in rememberance of Emily. God bless you. Terry and Patty Walsh,Marie and Don Walsh

Sue Skinner

Posted at 06:01am
I loved hearing the stories of her kayaking adventures up north camping on the island with Erin and Shaun. Or the four of us kayaking the owasco inlet. Emily loved having friends and family around. The more, the better. She was very competitive with board games. A gutsy woman, I’m sure she is smiling down on the family and will watch over them with love.

Erin Skinner

Posted at 09:55am
I will forever love and miss my Mom and Best friend! I was able to share a letter with her that I had written just the weekend before she passed sharing my most tender thoughts and memories for which I'll always be grateful for. Her strength and courage through this process is something I hope me and my family will always carry with us to get through any difficult time in our own lives. Now we cannot talk everyday but I hope she'll look down on me often and let me know she's still here watching over me.
Forever Your Daughter Mom!

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