Jennifer L. McNary

Jennifer L. McNary

BROOKLINE- Jennifer Lynn (Grous) McNary died on March 1, at her home in Brookline.  She was born on October 26, 1967, to Nanette Dugan and Edward Grous, and was raised in Connecticut.  She spent a number of years in the greater Boston area where she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Massachusetts Boston. She had a 25-year career with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Vocational Rehabilitation Services where she served as both a counselor and a supervisor, helping many people find their calling.
She was an active volunteer firefighter, a deacon at West Dover Congregational Church, a member of Boston’s Moving Violations (an all-women’s motorcycle club), and past president of Deerfield Valley Sportsmen’s Club. She sang with the Brattleboro Concert Choir and competed in a Tough Mudder. She founded and ran Sleeping Dog Farm in Whitingham.  She was an avid hiker and loved her dogs and horses. She was an exceptional cook, dancer, and artist, and a dear friend to many. She loved shared sunrises especially on Putney Mountain, Harriman Dam, Cape Cod, and Austin.  She loved living and had boundless energy. She had a massive circle of friends who will miss her greatly.
Ms. McNary is survived by Johnny Swing, her true love; her beloved sister  Elizabeth Grous, of Austin, TX; her father  Edward and her stepmother Jane Isabelle, of Windsor Locks, CT, and Punta Gorda, FL.  She was preceded in death by her mother, Nanette Dugan.
She faced cancer with bravery, humor, and grace, demonstrating to all what it meant to “Live while dying.”
Donations in Ms. McNary’s name may be made to Find The Cause Breast Cancer Foundation online at, or by mail to PO Box 2112, Framingham, MA 01703.
Internment is private and a celebration of life will be held on Saturday, June 15, on Putney Mountain.

The Deerfield Valley News

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