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Obituary: Alice Hynes, 81

The mother of Alvin Hynes passed away in a Hurricane Sandy-related accident last week.

Alice Beatrice Cota Hynes, age 81, of Williamstown, MA, passed away Monday, October 29th in an accident related to Hurricane Sandy in Pennsylvania.  She was born in Northfield, MA, April 13, 1931, daughter of Vivian Carpenter Cota and Dorothy (Gordon) Cota.  She and her sisters were involved in the Millers Falls Drum Corp.

She was married to David Alvin Hynes on August 6, 1952.  In 1961, they moved to Williamstown to raise their family.  She still resided in Williamstown at the time of her death.

She was active in many aspects of Williamstown life, including the First Congregational Church, scouting, volunteering at the public schools, being a docent at Clark Art Museum, and attending sewing circles.  She enjoyed, gardening and preserving food, square dancing, music and performing arts, sewing and knitting.  She was also well known for the wonderful baked goods which she provided for local events and church functions.

After her children grew up, she attended Berkshire Community College and worked for Excelsior Printing in North Adams and W.R. Grace in Adams.  In her later years, as her ability to get around waned due to the onset of Essential Tremors, she spent much of her time reading and devoted to her grandchildren.

She is survived by her four children, Douglas Hynes of New York City, Arnold Hynes of Williamstown, Aldon Hynes of Woodbridge, CT and Abigail O’Connor of Confluence, PA.  She is also survived by nine grandchildren, one great grandchild, and numerous nieces and nephews.  She is survived by David Hynes of Salem, NY who remains an active part of the family.

A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held Thursday, November 8 at 11 AM at the First Congregational Church in Williamstown, MA.   In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to the International Essential Tremors Foundation.

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