A native of Wilmington, she was born there on March 24, 1919, to George and Elizabeth (Allen) Kingsley. She attended school in Wilmington before moving with her family to Pittsfield, where she continued her education. Ms. Kingsley attended UMass where she took courses in recreation. She became the director of the Girls League (now Gladys A. Brigham Community Center) where she worked for a few years and directed the summer camp.
Upon leaving Pittsfield, she attended William and Mary College, the Richmond Professional Institute, and Medical College of Virginia where she became an occupational therapist.
Upon graduation, she was employed at Byrd Children’s Hospital in Richmond. From there she moved to New Jersey where she was director of rehabilitation at the Essex Hospital.
While in New Jersey, she was active in church, professional, and community activities. She served as president of the NJ Occupational Therapy Association, Bloomfield Chapter, American Association of University Women, and the Historical Society of Bloomfield. In addition, she served many years on the state board of the New Jersey Federation of Women’s Clubs.
Ms. Kingsley was a life member of the Order of the Eastern Star Mayflower Chapter 19, of Wilmington.
She enjoyed traveling, crafts, volunteering, and working on the Kingsley family genealogy.
Upon relocating to Bennington, VT, in 1994, she attended the Second Congregational Church where she was active in many capacities including president of the Women’s Fellowship, deacon, Snow Ball Bazaar, Antique Show, and Church Women United. She volunteered with the RSVP program, was a member of the Bennington Museum and Historical Society, and she volunteered at the library, welcome center and Better Bennington Corp.
Ms. Kingsley leaves sisters, Alma May, of Los Alametos, CA, and Bernice Keeler, of Pittsfield; brother Richard (Alma) Kingsley, of Manchester, CT; sisters-in-law Helen Kingsley, and Phyllis Kingsley both of Richmond, MA; and nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was predeceased by brothers, Harold Kingsley in 1989 and George Kingsley.
Her nephew, the Rev. George Keeler, will conduct funeral services with Order of the Eastern Star services at the Covey Allen & Shea Funeral Home on Saturday, November 9, at 11 am. Friends may call at the funeral home on Saturday from 10 to 11 am.
Burial will follow in the family lot in the Riverview Cemetery in Wilmington.
In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be made to Bennington Rescue Squad, Wilmington Historical Society, or Second Congregational Church in care of Covey Allen & Shea Funeral Home, PO Box 215, Wilmington, VT 05363.