Mason woman struck by vehicle, killed by vehicle backing out of driveway on Jackson Road

  • Anna Faiello of Mason was killed when she was struck by a vehicle while walking on Jackson Road in Mason on Sunday morning. Courtesy photo

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 11/16/2020 3:52:54 PM

A Mason woman friends described as an artist and volunteer who loved her town was struck and killed by a vehicle on Jackson Road Sunday morning.

Anna Faiello, 86, was “lovely, intelligent, and an interesting woman,” friend Becky Field Garside said. “She was always so friendly.”

On Sunday, at 11:37 a.m., police responded to 455 Jackson Road for a collision involving a pickup truck and an 86-year-old woman. Police did not identify the victim, but friends have identified the victim as Faiello, who lived on the road.

Faiello was pronounced dead on the scene after being hit by a 1996 GMC pickup truck, driven by a 63-year-old woman from Mason who was backing out of Faiello’s driveway.

Mason Police Department and the New Hampshire State Police Technical Accident Reconstruction team are investigating the crash.

Faiello, an artist, moved to Mason from Boston in the 1970s, with a dream of establishing an artists’ community, her long-time friend Barbara Devore said Monday.

Faiello made many colored pencil sketches of what she called “earthscapes” – landscapes that were a mixture of her memories of her travels in her youth to the Southwest United States and Mexico and her own imaginings. Liz Fletcher of Mason, a fellow member of the Conservation Commission and artist, said Faiello never ardently pursued showing her art, but usually had several of her own pieces hanging in her own home, and continued making art even as her eyesight began to fail.

While she never established her artists’ community, she did fall in love with her new town.

“As a child in the city, she never dreamed she’d be living in the woods like this, surrounded by birds and animals, in a wonderful community. She loved Mason,” Devore said.

“She used to say, ‘It’s just like a Disney cartoon, when the animals come out! It’s really is just like that!’” recalled her friend and fellow Conservation Commission member, Ann Moser.

Faiello was a current member of the Conservation Commission when she died, a position she has held for at least three decades. Preserving the rural nature of her beloved town was one of her passions, friends said. Devore said she was constantly concerned with leaving enough space for wildlife.

“She cared very deeply about her art, and she cared very deeply about wild animals having land. Those were her real passions,” Devore said. “‘Animal corridors’ –  that was her mantra on the Conservation Commission.”

“It wasn’t just animals, she also loved the plants,” said Fletcher. “She had tomatoes she was growing on her porch, and she would go out and commune with them. It was almost like they were her pets.”

Moser said she also was active in the protests organized in Mason against a proposed Kinder-Morgan natural gas pipeline which would have run through town.

Garside, who lives nearby to Faiello’s home, said she had met her during a Community Supper at the Mason Congregational Church, and said she often would say hello to her while horseback riding past her house on Jackson Road. She said the news of her death was “shocking.”

Faiello’s sight had been failing for a long time, Devore said, and while her declining vision had big impacts on her life, she didn’t let it stand in her way of continuing to live independently. As her sight declined, her radio became a constant companion and a way to continue learning.

“She was a strong, bright, independent woman, who continued to love to learn,” Devore said. She was up on all the latest news, she was passionate about learning. She was always very well informed, which is a very admirable trait.”

Fletcher said even when her eyesight was failing, the two would go out on “art trips” to visit local museums, and Faiello would always have something to say about what she could perceive about pieces. 

Moser said Faiello had a long list of people who were willing to help her keep her independence, helping to drive her to shopping and appointments, and even helping her to keep up her planting in her backyard garden to ensure she had flowers. Moser called Faiello one of Mason’s “gems,” who was known by everyone, at least a little.

“We all knew who she was,” Moser said. “Anna had so many people that checked in with her, because she was so loved.”

 

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT.


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