Published DateBRIDGEWATER — Marilyn Houston Raymond, 92, of Bridgewater, passed away on Thursday, February 14, 2013 after a period of declining health.
Born in Plymouth, NH, on Leap Year February 29, 1920, she was the daughter of George D. and Ellen J. (Doiron) Houston. Marilyn was raised locally attending the Lower Intervale School through 8th grade and graduating from the Plymouth High School in 1938. She attended classes at Plymouth State College focusing on Library Management and Computers.
Marilyn worked for White Mountain Mfg. Co, for 18 years and Norman Perry Lamps for 10 years. During Tax season she worked for John Kelly CPA, where she learned to enjoy working with numbers. In 1941 she married her beloved husband Kenneth Raymond, and they eventually moved to Bridgewater in the late 1950s, where they bought a home on River Road.
Marilyn was very active in the town of Bridgewater, she organized the Bridgewater Historical Society, and held the position of president for four years; she was a Librarian and Supervisor at the River Rd. Library for more than 30 years, she was a member of the building committee for the new Town Hall and donated the funds for the granite monument on the front lawn. Marilyn also served as a deputy town clerk to Pat Mitchell for many years, as well as serving as a police officer for Chief Raymond for 20 years. Marilyn enjoyed being a member on the planning board 15 years; she was part of the Master Planning and Zoning Board's organization. She was elected to the office of the Town Treasurer and served in that position for more than 30 years, even serving during her illness when needed.
Marilyn has been an invaluable piece of the backbone of the Town of Bridgewater. She will be dearly missed by her many friends in the town and throughout the surrounding areas.
She is predeceased by her beloved husband Kenneth Raymond, in 1990.
Marilyn is survived by her nephews, David B. Kelly and wife Pamela, of Hill, NH; Raymond Chapman and wife Cecile, of Enfield, CT, nieces, Marilyn McCarthy, Monson, MA; Carol Knox, Parsons, Kansas; Nancy Pioretta ,Westfield, MA; Betty Hunter, Calais, ME; and long-time friend, Josephine Flanders, Bridgewater, NH.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Marilyn's memory to the NH Hampshire Humane Society, PO Box 572, Laconia, NH 03247 http://www.nhhumane.org/help-donate.php
A Calling Hour will be held on Sunday, February 24, 2013 at Mayhew Funeral Home (12 Langdon St.), Plymouth from 2:00 pm through 3:00 pm. Friends are respectfully invited to attend. Interment will be held at a later date in the Riverside Cemetery, Plymouth.
Mayhew Funeral Homes and Crematorium of Meredith and Plymouth are handling the arrangements. For Marilyn's Book of Memories: www.mayhewfuneralhomes.com