WOODSTOCK — Austie "Candy" (Berry) Mellett, 70, passed away Feb. 25, 2017, with her family at her side after a long, courageous battle with COPD.
Born in Woodstock on May 1, 1946, Candy was the daughter of Fred Lawrence Berry and Ella Kinne Berry. Candy lived in Woodstock her entire life. In 1964 she graduated from LinWood High School as a member of the first class to graduate from the new school.
Candy was a homemaker and the most important thing in her life was her family. Candy's grandchildren were the love of her life and even in the darkest hours just the mention of Elizabeth or Zachary would bring a smile to her eyes. She enjoyed gathering with family and friends either as a group or with small visits to her home. She loved Christmas and would plan her giving all year long.
Candy was active in the community, spending over 20 years as a ballot clerk and election official. She worked in the Woodstock Town Office for 10-plus years, and at one time held the job of tax collector. She was an active member and past president of the Woodstock Baptist Church Ladies Aide. She was active member and past president of the Woodstock Fire Department Auxiliary as well as a member and past secretary of the Pemigewasset Valley Fire Wardens Association. Candy was an avid historian documenting activities and newspaper articles about the Woodstock fire department for the better part of 50 years.
Candy was predeceased by her parents; sisters Edna-Jean Merrill and Bonnie Coleman; and brother, Harvey Berry. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, William "Bill" Mellett; son Jeff and wife Danielle of Belmont; daughter Jennifer of Biddeford, Maine; granddaughter Elizabeth Joslin and her husband, Nick, of Belmont; grandson Zachary and his wife, Megan, of Gilmanton; sisters Dawn Bavis and Melody Cote; aunt Edna Woodman of Concord; cousin Nancy West of Bow; as well as many special, nieces, nephews and in-laws.
Family and friends will honor and remember Candy's life by gathering for a memorial service in the Pemi Valley Church, 1091 Daniel Webster Highway. (NH Route 3) Woodstock, on Thursday, March 2, at 2 pm. A springtime burial will take place in the Woodstock Cemetery. Bill and Candy love flowers.
To view or leave a message of condolence on Candy's Book of Memories, please visit www.mayhewfuneralhomes.com.
The Mayhew Funeral Homes & Meredith Bay Crematorium of Meredith and Plymouth is assisting the family with arrangements.
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