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A Franklin County woman killed in the crash in Antwerp that also claimed the lives of five other people was remembered by her peers Friday as a tireless employee and an active community member.

Maryann D. Gregory, 59, Dickinson Center, was driving a separate vehicle from the one carrying Janet P. Dana, 69, Laurie A. Dana, 42, Caitlyn O. Dana, 14, Lauryn E. Dana, 11, and Shannon M. Planty, 14, who all died in the accident Thursday morning on Route 11.

The crash sent shockwaves through the Brushton-Moira and St. Lawrence central school districts, as all six victims had ties to the local school communities.

Mrs. Gregory was married to former Brushton-Moira Superintendent Earle S. Gregory. Shannon Planty was a student in Brushton-Moira schools, and Janet Dana was a former teacher in the district. Her daughter-in-law Laurie Dana was a teacher in the St. Lawrence school district, and granddaughters Caitlyn and Lauryn Dana attended St. Lawrence schools.

Mrs. Gregory had worked as the full-time registered dietitian with the Franklin County Office for the Aging from March 2009 to March 2011, when budget constraints forced the position to be cut to 13.5 hours per week. In that short time, though, she accomplished a lot, Director Susan Wilson-Scott said.

“She was fabulous,” Ms. Wilson-Scott said. “She brought the program into compliance with what she did for us. She came up with all of the standardized recipes. ... She was an extremely energetic person, completely thorough. She just knew her stuff.”

Ms. Wilson-Scott said she did not know Mrs. Gregory before she came to work for the Office for the Aging, but she said the loss nevertheless was felt strongly in the office Friday.

“She was respected greatly for her work. ... She’s just sorely missed,” she said.

While Janet Dana was the president of the Moira Historical Society, Mrs. Gregory also was an active member, according to Franklin County Legislator Suzanne Robideau, herself a society member. She said Mrs. Gregory led tours of old homes in Moira during the town’s annual Moira Heritage Day celebration.

Ms. Wilson-Scott also said she knew Janet Dana when she was a teacher at Brushton-Moira Central School.

“It’s a very sad day for the north country,” she said. “I just don’t even know. Everyone here is very sad. ... It puts things into perspective, doesn’t it?”

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