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Mercedes Gallagher, 63

BECKET, Mass. — Mercedes Gallagher, 63, of Becket, Mass., died Tuesday, January 16, 2018, at Craneville Place in Dalton.

She was born in Portsmouth, Va., on February 22, 1954, the daughter of Thomas F. Gallagher Jr. and Jane Locke Gallagher. She attended Stonehill College in Massachusetts.

From 1986 to 1994 she was the Manager at the Logan Inn in New Hope, Pa. From1982 to 1988 she was the lead activist for Dump the Pump in Bucks County, Pa. She moved to Becket in 1994. From 1994 to 2000 she was the Director of Finance for the Kushi Institute in Becket. Since 2000 she has worked as a waitress at the Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge.

Mercedes was the director of the Center Pond Weed Project in Becket, overseeing the removal of the invasive aquatic milfoil weed; she was on the advisory committee for the Westfield River Wild and Scenic; and she was a town representative in Becket.

Mercedes is survived by her brother, Thomas F. Gallagher III of Stony Brook, N.Y.; two sisters, Mona Porter of Summerville, S.C., and Melinda Gallagher of New York City; and her nieces and nephews, Corrine and Connor Gallagher of Stony Brook, N.Y., Kyle and Kevin Porter of Summerville, S.C., and Logan and Aria Kramer of New York City.

Funeral notice: A memorial service for Mercedes Gallagher will be held on Sunday, February 11, 2018, at 2:15 p.m. at the Kelly Funeral Home in Lee with the Rev. Richard Hayes, Hospice Chaplin, officiating. Her family will greet friends from 1:30 until the time of the service. Anyone wishing may make donations in her memory to the Center Pond Weed Project in c/o the Kelly Funeral Home, 3 Main Street Lee, MA 01238.

Obituary Provided By: Kelly Funeral Home

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