Amelia Kerlin

Obituary of Amelia B. Kerlin

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Amelia (Amy) Buck Kerlin of Princeton died March 25, 2020, at Princeton Windrows where she had resided since 2005. She was the daughter of John Newton Buck and Elizabeth Mulcare Buck. Born in 1929, Amy grew up in Washington, DC, and attended Immaculata Junior College. In 1949 she married David Darton Kerlin, moved to New Jersey in 1955, settling in Westfield for 18 years. As their three children reached adulthood, Amy used her literacy and organizational skills working at the Westfield Board of Education in records and administrative support. They moved to Princeton in 1972 where David was the local agent for State Farm Insurance. Amy once again employed her skills at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs for 8 years in administrative support capacities. Her public spirit was demonstrated in her 30 years as volunteer for Recording for the Blind. Amy’s interests were varied. With other family members she traced her Buck ancestry to 1635 when early English settlers arrived in Tidewater Virginia. For 35 years she and her husband enjoyed summers living aboard the BLUE WHALE docked on Barnegat Bay, where they hosted friends and family and were the life of dock parties. Extensive travel took them on driving trips across the USA, visits to many countries in Europe, a safari in Kenya, as well as numerous cruises with good friends. She also enjoyed swimming, gardening and tennis, winning some friendly tennis championships at the Bay Head Yacht Club. At Windrows she was known for arranging group trips to the Met Live in HD opera performances at local theatres, participating in the poets group and the Windrows Warblers, and singing humorous duets with her daughter Marie at celebratory functions. Predeceased by her husband of 59 years, she is survived by immediate family: Christine Kerlin in the State of Washington, John Buck Kerlin of Hamilton, NJ, and Marie Kerlin of Princeton, her sister, Elizabeth Rogers of Bethesda, MD, grandchildren Kayla and Clarissa Kerlin and Mandy Murphy, whom she loved so much, and many nieces and nephews. She will be sorely missed by her family and friends.
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