Lee community to honor former resident who went missing and died in Albany
LEE — A local church has invited community members to pay respects to former Lee resident Beverly Trombley, who was found dead in Albany last week after going missing days earlier.
The First Congregational Church will host a service at 11 a.m. Thursday, followed by a reception in the church hall. Trombley, who was 77, will eventually be buried in St. Mary's Cemetery in Lee.
She went missing Nov. 30 while she and her son, Christopher, were traveling in separate cars from Voorheesville, N.Y., en route to Lee, where they had hoped to reestablish a home.
Before moving to New York two years ago, the Trombleys were a fixture on Main Street, living in a stone house across from the Lee Library parking lot.
Trombley was a community activist, often speaking before the Lee Select Board. She also served as a town meeting representative, voting on town matters at the annual and special town meetings.
The Rev. Bill Neil, pastor of First Congregational, had become close to Beverly, providing her with pastoral counseling over the years.
"They were constantly helping other people, giving them food or a place to stay," Neil told The Eagle.
He said a GoFundMe account has been established to pay for Trombley's funeral.
On Nov. 30, the Trombleys packed their belongings in separate vehicles and headed for Lee. Beverly was following her son's car when they got separated, Neil said. Christopher didn't realize he had lost his mother until he got to Lee. He headed back to New York and reported her missing to police.
Following a search, Trombley's Ford Focus was found near railroad tracks in the area of West Albany Pocket Park. Her body was discovered Dec. 10 about a mile from where her car had been found.
She died of hypothermia, Neil said.
Christopher Trombley is currently staying with friends in the Albany area until he can find a permanent place to live, Neil said.
He said the tragedy should serve as a reminder of what the holiday season is all about.
"Treat everyone as your neighbor," he said. "Help those who need guidance and need attention as it will make a difference.
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