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Alice Keefe, 83

MOULTONBOROUGH — Alice Keefe (McGrath) 83 of Moultonborough, N.H., died peacefully following a courageous battle with cancer on April 23, 2015, at home surrounded by her loving family. Alice was the beloved daughter of the late Henry and Ethel McGrath of Belmont, Mass. and was also predeceased by her sister Jane E. McGrath and brother Paul H. McGrath and his wife Ann. She was the devoted wife to the late Owen Francis Keefe of Newton, Mass. for 46 years.
Alice was a devoted mother of 6 children raised in Wayland, Mass. Anne M. Leahy and her husband Thomas E. of Ipswich, MA, Maureen K. Usifer and her husband Douglas A. of Colchester, Vt., Kathleen M. Ennis and her husband John C. of North Hampton, N.H., Joanne M. Lau of Moultonborough, N.H., Owen F Keefe Jr. and his wife Karen S. of Bradford, Mass., and Charles E. Keefe and his wife Elizabeth W. of Wausau, Wisc. Cherished grandmother "G" of Sean and Kathleen Leahy, Matthew and Joseph Usifer, Kevin Ennis, Christina, Michael and Andrew Lau, Lauren and Cameron Keefe, and Charles and Ryan Keefe. She is also survived by many dear nieces and nephews and was close to her sister in law Anne Canty and husband Edgar.
Alice was born on April 18, 1932. Alice loved to compete and captained her basketball team at Belmont High School. She graduated from Framingham State College where she was treasurer of her class, with a degree in education and from Regis College with a Masters degree in Special Education. After dedicating many years to her passion of raising her family Alice was a Special Education teacher in Waltham, Mass.
Alice enjoyed gardening, bridge and golf with her many friends at Lake Winnipesauke in the summer and Naples, Florida in the winter, including her dear friend Jean Melone. Alice most enjoyed time with her family and friends up at the lake filled with games, laughter and the 12 bells of Christmas. Everyone was welcome in her home where she entertained frequently. It has often been said "if you can't feel comfortable in Alice's house, then you can't feel comfortable anywhere." Her love of great food, storytelling and laughter made the dinner table the highlight of the day for everyone. And so often that table was shared with those that exhibited similar qualities, those of friendship, honesty and loyalty. She will always be remembered for her quick wit and that twinkle in her eye. She was also a dedicated member of St. Charles Borromeo and spent many hours volunteering coaching teams, being a troop leader, tutoring and later in life at the local library.
Visiting hours will be held on Sunday April 26, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Mayhew Funeral home, Route 3 and Cataldo Road, Meredith, N.H. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday April 27 at 11 a.m. at St. Charles Borromeo Church, Rte 25, Meredith, NH. Burial will follow at Middleneck Cemetery, Moultonborough. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Camp Jabberwocky, P.O Box 1357, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568 or in the spirit of Alice do a good deed for someone in need.
The Mayhew Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. To view Alice's book of memories go to www.mayhewfuneralhomes.com

Last Updated on Friday, 24 April 2015 07:36

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Mary F. H. Crocker, 93


MEREDITH — Mary Folsom Hutchins Crocker, 93, died on April 22, 2015 after a brief illness. Mary was the daughter of Robert and Hattie Folsom, of Reading, Massachusetts. She was the youngest of three children and was born on February 16, 1922.
Mary graduated from Walnut Hill School, Natick, Mass., in 1939 and Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, N.Y., in 1943. That same year she married Lt. Emlen T. Hutchins and they were stationed in South Carolina before Emlen was deployed to the battle front in Europe during WWII. After the war she and Emlen lived in Reading, Mass. until Emlen (who worked for Travelers Insurance Company) was transferred to Rochester, N.Y. They subsequently moved to Albany, N.Y., and Needham, Mass.
After Emlen's sudden death in 1963 she met and married Winslow Crocker. They lived in Needham and then Reading, Mass. until 1976 when she and Winslow built a home on Lake Winnipesaukee on property she had inherited from her parents. Winslow died in 1988 and she remained at her lake house home until 1997 when she moved to the Taylor Community in Laconia, N.H.
Mary was an active member of the Meredith Congregational Church and served on the flower committee for many years. She was also a member of the Meredith Garden Club, along with her nephew's wife, Mrs. Shirley Currier. Mary loved to play bridge and belonged to many bridge groups.
Mary and Emlen had two sons and she is survived by her oldest son Richard Karl Hutchins, of Claremont, N.H. Her son Peter Folsom Hutchins predeceased her. She is also survived by her step-son, Winslow Crocker, Jr., of Cape Cod, Mass. Other surviving family members include her grandchildren, Lt. Col Benjamin K. Hutchins, of Cape Carteret, N.C., Peter Hutchins, Jr., of New Hampton, N.H., Matthew T. Hutchins, of Midland, N.C., Nicholas B. Hutchins, of Washington, D.C., Kate Kull Connolly, of Wilmot, N.H., Sean Kull, of Maine, Scott Kull, of Tex., Winslow Crocker, III, of Miami, Fla., and Sarah Crocker, of Cleveland, Ohio. Her grandson Andrew F. Hutchins predeceased her. She is also survived by her two great grandsons, Wyatt and Henry Hutchins, and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at the Meredith Congregational Church on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 2 p.m. with a reception to follow. Rev. Russell Rowland, pastor, will officiate. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Meredith Congregational Church or the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Mayhew Funeral Homes and Crematorium of Meredith and Plymouth are handling the arrangements. For Mary's Book of Memories: www.mayhewfuneralhomes.com

Last Updated on Friday, 24 April 2015 07:32

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Dorothy L. Prentiss, 67


BELMONT — Dorothy Lee Prentiss, 67, of Edgewood Drive, peacefully passed away on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at Lakes Region General Hospital.

Dorothy was born on November 2, 1947 in Somerville, Mass., the daughter of the late John and Margaret (McPhee) Lepelley. She worked as a Quality Assurance Inspector for Bailey Corp in Seabrook. She was a member of the Laconia Elks Auxiliary and a member of the Moose Lodge in Virginia. Dorothy was a communicant of St. Joseph's Parish in Belmont.

Survivors include her son, Peter M. Rowell, Jr. of Jacksonville, Florida; a daughter, Amy Cilley and her husband Ralph of Belmont; one grandchild, Nova Cilley of Belmont, a brother, Harold Lepelley and his wife, Caryl of California; two sisters, Mildred Jameson and her husband, Ronnie of Tilton and Barbara Chretien and her husband, Chris of Franklin and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Dorothy was predeceased by her husband, Raymond F. Prentiss in 2014, one sister, Vera Prescott and two brothers; Bradford Lepelley and John Lepelley.

There will be no calling hours.

A committal service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 30, 2015 in the chapel of the N. H. State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen, N.H.

For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to Saint Joseph Parish, PO Box 285, Belmont, NH 03220.

Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H. is assisting the family with arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial go to www.wilkinsonbeane.com.

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Elizabeth B. 'Bette' MacDonald, 84


LACONIA — Elizabeth Brown MacDonald – Woodie, Bette, Betts, Mum, Nana – died Friday, April 17, at the Taylor Community in Laconia at the age of 84. With her height and cloud of white curls, Bette stood out in any crowd, and her blue eyes and warm smile welcomed everyone. Bette died as she lived, graciously accepting her challenges and inspiring others with her will to love, to give, to live.
The daughter of Robert F. Brown and Bertha Colby Brown, Bette was born at home in Ashland, New Hampshire on February 24, 1931. As she was growing up school teachers boarded at her parents' brick house in the center of town. Their presence and lively conversation instilled in Bette her lifelong love of people and education. Bette attended the University of New Hampshire where she earned a B.A. with honors in psychology, played women's basketball (then half-court and in skirts) and enjoyed the activities of the Episcopal Student Group and her sorority, Theta U. She met Mendon her sophomore year, starting a conversation that would lead to their wedding on June 20, 1953, and continue through almost sixty-three years of marriage. The only time their children recall "harsh words" was over anchovies on a pizza. She didn't like them. She liked salt air, though, and last summer, the family celebrated Bette and Mendon's anniversary with an afternoon sail on a schooner on Casco Bay.
After college, Bette worked first with the Philadelphia Medical Society. Her job was to interview women breast cancer patients to find out how long they had lived with a suspicion of cancer before they were diagnosed or treated. At a time when the initial medical response to a lump was "observation," the data she helped collect was used to show that early intervention led to better outcomes. Following Mendon's completion of medical school, the couple moved to Buffalo, New York, for his residency, and Bette worked on staff for the Girl Scouts of America. Girl Scout activities like singing around a campfire, or anywhere, would become a family trademark. Bette and Mendon next moved to Richards-Gebauer Air Force Base in Missouri for two years of military service, during which time the first of their three children was born. The family then moved to Hanover, N.H., for Mendon to complete his medical training at Dartmouth's Mary Hitchcock Hospital, and settled in the Lakes Region in 1961.
Bette and Mendon were part of a generation of parents who made growing up in Gilford magical for their children. Bette enjoyed doing everything, and if she couldn't, she made sure her family did: alpine and Nordic skiing, hiking, camping, swimming, sailing, attending symphony concerts, participating in church plays and choirs, making floats for Old Home Day parades, gardening, apple and berry picking, bidding at antique auctions, and taking drives on New Hampshire's back roads. She loved watching birds while at the kitchen sink window, and tended generations of pets. When the barn attached to the MacDonald's 18th–century farm house burned to the ground, Bette located another one as well as a contractor who would take it down and reassemble it in Gilford. Bette organized a huge potluck and barn dance complete with a caller to celebrate its rebuilding.
Although multiple sclerosis, diagnosed in her late 30s, would at times severely limit Bette's mobility, it did not limit her involvement in the community. She astounded everyone with her strength and perseverance and mentored others when they were newly diagnosed with MS. Over the years she taught ski lessons and Sunday school, led two Girl Scout troops, worked - and shopped - the church rummage sale. She took time to meet candidates, vote and attend town meeting. Bette served on numerous boards and committees from the Laconia League of Women Voters to the Laconia Congregational Church Mission and Refugee Committees, Swift Water Girl Scout Council, Gilford Middle-High School Building Committee and then School Board, Tilton School Board of Trustees, State Conference of the United Church of Christ, Havenwood-Heritage Heights Retirement Community, Taylor Home, Habitat for Humanity, and Geneva Point Conference Center. Exemplifying the theme "Volunteers - the Spirit of Gilford," Bette and Mendon were named Parade Grand Marshalls for their town's 1996 Old Home Day.
The MacDonalds welcomed friends, exchange students, and newly-arrived refugees from around the world into their home. Craig Bennett from Tasmania stayed a year to attend Gilford High School and recently came back to visit with his wife and children. Bette, too, loved to travel and coordinated family car trips up and down the East coast and all over the United States. She later travelled with Mendon to Russia, Scotland, the Virgin Islands and Alaska. Bette also cherished the music and friendships that came out of singing in the Laconia Congregational Church Choir and the Pemigewasset Chorale. And whether it was grace at the supper table, rounds in the car, campfire ditties, or church hymns, she had a song for every occasion. In challenging times the family turned to a favorite based on Isaiah: "Those who run a good race shall renew their strength; they shall mount up on wings as eagles. They shall run and not be weary they shall walk and not faint. Help us Lord, help us Lord in thy ways."
Bette worked for five years at Educational Talent Search counseling students on the application and financial aid process. Mindful of the gift of college tuition she received from her father's employer, she encouraged these students, many of whom were the first in their families to apply to college, toward previously unimagined goals. As a grandmother, she also nurtured the next generation, whether teaching grandchildren to make applesauce and oatmeal bread or cheering them on at sporting events and dance recitals. She was delighted when they tried a variety of activities from church service trips to math camp and art projects, from writing poetry, to acting in plays, to traveling abroad.
Bette is survived by her husband Dr. Mendon MacDonald; three children and their spouses: Jane MacDonald and Cindy Bilbow of New Hampton, Susan MacDonald Hatem and Jim Hatem of Bow, and Daniel MacDonald of Kennebunk, Maine; nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren: Jennifer and Leslie Smith, and Leslie's family, Mike Vogel, Andrew and Rachael; Cali, Emile, Elias and Evelyn Hatem, and Issak, Sophia and Jacquelyn Allaire-MacDonald. She is also survived by her brother E. Alden Brown of Williamsburg, Virginia and sister-in-law Betty Gail Derby of Laconia, extended family, and dear friends near and far.
The family is very grateful to the staff of Ledgeview Nursing Care Center at the Taylor Community and Central NH VNA and Hospice for their support, kindness and excellent care during her final months with pancreatic cancer.
Arrangements for a memorial service are being made for a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in Bette's memory may be made to the Dorcas Fund, a local emergency assistance fund to help persons in need in the Laconia area, at the Laconia Congregational Church, 18 Veteran's Square, Laconia, NH 03246, or to the UNH Foundation, Elliott Alumni Center, 9 Edgewood Road, Durham, NH 03824.
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, NH is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial visit www.wilkinsonbeane.com.

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 April 2015 07:34

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