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Ardythe Pearsall Killip

Oct 23, 2021

Ardythe Pearsall Killip, 85, passed away peacefully on September 29, 2021 at The Huntington at Nashua, with her daughters by her side. She was born in Yonkers, New York, the daughter of the late Arthur E. Pearsall and Shirley Stewart Pearsall.

She graduated from the American Community School Beirut, a school in Beirut, Lebanon and received a bachelor’s degree from Skidmore College and master’s degree from the State University of New York at Brockport. After college, she moved to New York City where she worked at B. Altman and Co. It was in New York that she met Colbeth Killip. They were engaged after knowing each other for only six weeks; and then they stayed married for 51 years until he passed away in 2009. Colbeth’s employment as a petroleum geologist with Mobil Oil International led them to live abroad for 25 years in Libya, Indonesia, Norway, Cameroon, Nigeria and the United Kingdom. Ardythe was also employed during much of that time as an elementary school teacher. For several years after Colbeth retired from Mobil, they spent summers in Maine and winters in Florida. Eventually, they moved to New Hampshire. Throughout her life, Ardythe was an avid reader and enjoyed baking. She also enjoyed activities such as water aerobics, knitting, quilting, and other crafts. Many ornaments on the family’s annual Christmas tree were hand stitched by Ardythe. She was known by her family for her wit and subtle humor, and telling of family stories. She will be dearly missed and always remembered.

In addition to her parents and husband, Ardythe was predeceased by her son, Daryl Killip. She is survived by her daughters, Tamsen Killip and Kerith Peary (husband Ryan); a daughter-in-law, Heidi Howes-Killip; and three grandchildren: Tristan, Alexandra, and Matthew.

There will be no services. A private family burial will be held on October 22nd in Proctorsville, Vermont.