Mhairi Kerr Paisley
January 19th, 1941 - January 22nd, 2018
Ms. Mhairi Kerr Livingstone Paisley (Frank) died unexpectedly on January 22, 2018 in Sheffield, Alabama at the age of 77. Mhairi previously resided in Killen, Alabama and in Great Neck and Port Washington, New York.
Mhairi is survived by her son Craig Paisley of California and by her former husband Dan Paisley of Arizona. She is also survived by her brother Tom (Margaret) Livingstone; uncle George Livingstone; aunts Jess, Margaret, Esther, and Agnes; nephew William Livingstone and nieces Sheelagh Goodwin, Dawn Broad, Claire Wilson, Sarah Livingstone, and Kirsty Tapley all of Great Britain. She was preceded in death by her parents, her siblings William and Sheilla, her aunt Janet, and by her niece Angela Livingstone.
Mhairi is also survived by many, many friends.
Mhairi was born on January 19, 1941 in Newton Village, Scotland to William Clark Jackson and Mary Watson (née Kerr) Livingstone. In 1958 she graduated from Buckhaven High School in Fife where she excelled at sports. She married Dan Paisley in 1962 and in 1965 moved to the United States. While living on Long Island Mhairi had a career, supported the Berkshire School where her son was in attendance, played tennis, and participated in the family business. In the 1990s Mhairi relocated to Killen where she threw herself into supporting her new community.
Mhairi loved to garden. She was the first president of the Shoals Master Gardeners and most recently served on the Sheffield Beautification Tree Board. Mhairi loved and supported the arts. She was a decades-long member of the Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts Volunteers organization and served as the chairperson of the Arts Alive Festival for more than 20 years. Mhairi loved her dogs, took in nearly every stray who crossed her path, and supported numerous rescue organizations. Mhairi was extremely intelligent and loved to challenge her mind. She was a member of the Firenze Study Group and remained relevant and vital for all her days.
Many people will best remember Mhairi’s lilting voice and smart conversation. She was a true patron of the arts and, while this community will not hear her voice again, her profound influence will continue to live.
A celebration of her life will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, February 02, 2018 at Temple B’nai Israel located at 201 E. Hawthorne Street, Florence, AL. A reception at the temple will follow. Nancy Tunick and Carl Gebhardt will officiate. Please join us in celebrating Mhairi’s life. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Weimaraner Rescue of the South at www.weimrescue.com.
Service at 4:00 PM at Temple B'nai Isreal on Friday, February 2nd, 2018