Anne W.  Tunstall
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Amesbury, MA - Anne (Annie) Warrington Tunstall, 87 years, passed away peacefully on September 14, 2019 at Country Center for Health and Rehabilitation in Newburyport. Born on March 22, 1932 in High Point, NC, Annie was the daughter of the late Rev. George Taylor Tunstall and Mayme Warrington Tunstall. Annie retained her southern roots until her death, from the delightful lilt in her never-lost Virginia accent to her ever-stylish dress favoring shades of turquoise and purple. She warmed many a heart over the years with her beaming smile and ready laugh. Her family and numerous friends will cherish her exuberant passion for living and will deeply miss her shining spirit.
Annie grew up in Petersburg, Va. and graduated from Petersburg High School. She graduated from Mars Hill Junior College and attended North Carolina State, where she met Benjamin Gary in a botany class in 1952. She graduated in 1955 from Meredith College in Raleigh, NC, majoring in English and history, after which Annie and Ben were married by her father. The couple moved to Cambridge, where he studied at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and she worked at the American Friends Service Committee. Annie and Ben raised their three children, Brian, Melaney, and Heather, in Wayland.
Annie joined Wellesley Friends Meeting because she valued the Quaker principles of peace and social justice. Annie felt passionate about the power of loving and honoring that of God within each person and respecting each person's human dignity. Reflecting on her political activism in the 1960s and 1970s, she was always sure to pipe up and say that attending Martin Luther King's March on Washington on August 28, 1963 was one of the high points in her life. Following her passion for working with people, Annie earned her MEd in Adult Education from Boston University, in the 70s.
A woman who loved birding, wildflowers, the seashore, and gardening, Annie felt her strongest connection to Spirit in nature. She developed as a naturalist and educator working at the Mass Audubon Society in Lincoln, the New England Aquarium, and the Garden in the Woods in Framingham, MA. She loved listening to music: classical, chamber, opera, and acoustic. Annie played the accordion and co-founded the contra dance band, Roaring Jelly in the 1970s, playing for square dances and other events, a group still performing. In addition to enjoying her many friends, she was an avid reader and long-time member of a memoir-writing group at the Emma Andrews Library in Newburyport. Annie deeply believed in the power of creativity and sharing stories to connect each of us to one another and to meaning and joy in life.
With great excitement and a sense of adventure, Annie relocated to Newburyport in the early 1980s, where she conducted personal growth workshops, offered spiritual counseling, and led local natural history tours. She made her first journey to sacred sites in Egypt at that time and fell in love with Egypt and the amazing legacy of their ancient culture and spiritual cosmology. She founded Spiral Journeys, leading small tours to those sites. In the early 1990s she studied with International Tour Management and became a tour director for Grand Circle Travel. This remarkable opportunity allowed her to work with clients, sharing her love of nature and sacred sites, and travel the world.
In 1995 she met Richard Gale while she was leading a tour of Russia. They married not long after, moving to an antique Cape in Amesbury where they developed a charming English country garden. Often, they both would marvel and express great appreciation about having found one another, and having been gifted with many years of radiant love together. Annie found great pleasure in supporting Richard's community tree-planting program. She and Richard each earned Lay Person of the Year honors from the Amesbury Council of Churches.
At Amesbury Friends Meeting (Quaker) she found a spiritual home and friends with whom to deepen her spiritual life and continue her efforts for peace, the environment, and social justice. In 2008 she, Richard, and a small group of Friends from Amesbury Meeting did service work with Quakers in Cuba. Annie made gratitude a practice. She always wanted to hear what her friends were up to instead of talking about herself.
Annie was the Friends' representative to the Amesbury Council of Churches and was active in the Refugee Immigration Ministry. In 2006 she graduated from CHIME in Portland, ME as a lay interfaith minister. She felt a strong calling to work with hospice, taking and giving pleasure by visiting clients in nursing homes and on home visits.
For many years she enjoyed making presentations on nature and travel, using slides and artifacts from her Spiral Journeys tours, to seniors in nursing homes and retirement centers. Annie was a longtime member of the Whittier Home Association, serving on the Board and as a docent. Gardens, flowers, birds, and music continued to delight. Few things gave her more pleasure than seeing cardinals feeding outside her kitchen window.
Annie cherished her family and leaves behind son, Brian Taylor Gary (and wife, Gayle) of Berwick, Maine, daughter, Melaney Anne McWilliamson of Montgomery Village, Md., and daughter Heather Leigh Gary (and husband Peter Grevatt) of Arlington Va. and grandchildren Nathaniel and Siena Grevatt.
She is also survived by her first husband, Benjamin Walter Gary of Danvers; stepdaughter, Diana Gale of Dallas, Texas, and sons, Vincent and Joseph; and stepdaughter Aleta Akhtar (and husband Pervaze Akhtar) of Pittsburgh, PA, and sons Jacob and Benjamin.
Annie was predeceased by her adoring husband, Richard Gale, brother George Taylor Tunstall Jr. of Virginia, and sister, Mary Sue (Tunstall) Taylor of British Columbia.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Annie's beloved Amesbury Friends Meeting 120 Friend Street, Amesbury, MA 01913. A memorial celebration will be held at the Amesbury Friends Meetinghouse on the corner of Friend and Greenleaf Streets on November 16 at 10:30 a.m. Burial will immediately follow at Union Cemetery in Amesbury. Arrangements are by Paul C. Rogers Family Funeral Home, 2 Hillside Avenue, Amesbury.
Published on September 20, 2019

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Ann Louise Chandler
Sep 24, 2019
Dear Brian, Melanie and Heather,
As you may know, I moved to Tucson on September 10 and now live across the street from Dorothy in my own home, which David was able to buy for me. We have been sharing stories and memories about our two families when we all lived in Wayland and all of you kids were growing up. It's a great comfort at this sad time to have so many sweet memories of nature trips, short hikes, camping trips, trips to the ocean, walks through the woods, wading in ponds, and on and on. I am so glad I met your dear mother when I did, and we were able to share our lives for more than sixty wonderful years. Not many friendships last that long, but ours was strong and good. I ho
...pe to catch a plane and be there for her service in November. Loring wants to go with me, and I welcome that. Annie had a long and fruitful life, full of giving and caring. I was proud to be her friend, and I know you are proud to have her for a mom. Rest in peace, dear Annie. I will miss you, but I will keep the memories forever.

Love and Peace,

Ann
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Rev Jody Breton
Sep 21, 2019
Annie your light will forever shine in the hearts of many! Your radiance is reflected in the brightest flowers in the garden.
Rest in blissful peace dear Annie.

Rev Jody Breton
ChIME 2011
Cynthia Costello
Sep 20, 2019
Farewell Annie! An extraordinary woman of God. Will be missed by many in the Quaker Community & John Greenleaf Whittier Circle of Friends. Richard awaits you dear friend!πŸ‘©β€πŸŒΎπŸ‘©β€πŸŒΎπŸ‘©β€πŸŒΎπŸŽ©πŸŽ©