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Jennifer MacPherson

April 22, 1943 — March 17, 2016


Jennifer MacPherson 72, passed away Thursday, March 17, 2016 born in Scranton, Pa. on April 22, 1943. Her father, killed in WWII, never saw his daughter. She was raised by her mother, Muriel Craft Bailey, and her grandparents. They were in the oil business. After attending the Avoca Public Schools, Jen was graduated from Wyoming Seminary in 1960. She held a BA from Elmira College and an MS and CAS from Syracuse University. She served the children of the Oswego City Schools as a psychologist.
A founding member of the Comstock Writers Group and an editor of the Comstock Review, she was widely published in prestigious journals in the United States. She was the author of numerous chapbooks and books
including Stuck in Time, A Nickel Tour of the Soul, In the Mixed Gender of the Sea, and Rosary of Bones. Jen gifted her massive collection of poetry books to the Downtown Writers Center at the YMCA. They named the library for her.
A gourmet cook, amateur gardener, ballroom dancer and obsessive reader of everything, Jen MacPherson was felled by a massive stroke but lived six years until a major heart attack took her on March 17. It was somehow fitting that she passed on St. Patrick's Day, being very much a piedpiper herself, leading scores to great success in the world of poetry.

She is survived by cousin Barbara Orekondy of Albany and by the family that she assembled from myriad friends including: Peggy Flanders, Joan Seabrook, Kathleen Bryce Niles-Overton, Pat Freyberger, Ed MacPherson, Sam Siemoens, Carol Machak, Al Mosier and the late Yvonne Clifton.

A Memorial Mass will be held at All Saints Church 1340 Lancaster Avenue, Syracuse at 11 am on Tuesday, April 5 to be followed by a reception in the church hall. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to either All Saints Church, 1340 Lancaster Avenue, Syr., NY or to Comstock Review, 4956 St. John Dr., Syr., NY 13215 or to the Downtown Writers Center, YMCA, Montgomery Street, Syr., NY. To send a note of
remembrance, please email
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