The Rev. Orin D. Watson, 97


The Rev. Orin D. Watson, 97

CONCORD — The Rev. Orin Dale Watson, 97, died Sunday, March 26, 2017, at Havenwood Heritage Heights, Concord, surrounded by his loving family.

The Rev. Watson was born Nov. 1, 1919, in Morrill, Nebraska, the son of John Jay and Zepha Velda (Lundy) Watson.

He graduated from Morrill High School in 1937 and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, Nebraska in 1949 and a Bachelor of Divinity degree from Garrett Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois, in 1952.

The Rev. Watson worked as a ship fitter at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, California, from January 1941 to May 1944. He served in the U. S. Navy from June, 1937 to October, 1940 and June, 1944 to January, 1946. He served as a ship fitter on the heavy cruiser USS New Orleans, the battleship USS Colorado, and the USS YRD#8 (part of a floating Dry Dock).

Rev. Watson began serving Methodist churches in January 1947 in Pauline, Nebraska, while he was a sophomore in college. He served other churches in Nebraska, Washington state, Illinois and New Hampshire. He was ordained Deacon in October 1951 and Elder in June 1952 in the Methodist Church at Grand Island, Nebraska.

In his ministry, he was certified as a minister of education, serving churches in this capacity with memberships of 2,200 to 2,600. He retired from the United Methodist Church in June 1985. He then served as the pastor of the Trinity United Methodist Church, Weirs Beach, from September 1987 to July 1993.

The Rev. Watson was married to Lovetra Jane Hobbs on Aug. 3, 1947, in Springfield, Missouri. Two daughters were born to this union, Harriet Lee Wilson born Aug. 3, 1948, now of Palm Bay, Florida, and Lynne Haven Anthony, born May 9, 1952, now of Evansville, Indiana. His wife, L. Jane Watson, died Nov. 6, 1982, in Iowa City, Iowa. In July 4, 1986, the Rev. Watson was married to Esther E. Clark at Geneva Point Center, Moultonborough.

After retirement, the Rev. Watson became an accomplished woodworker and artist. His other hobbies included stamp collecting, counted cross stitching, needle point and crewel. Music was also important with him.

The Rev. Watson is remembered for his energy and enthusiasm in preaching the Gospel and continued challenging of people in their faith. He was noted as saying many times, "Pray and then put feet to your prayers."

The Rev. Watson is survived by his two daughters; a sister, Naomi Staab, of Morrill, Nebraska; two grandsons, Jeremy Wilson of Palm Bay, Florida, and Jason Wilson of Schenectady, New York; five great-grandchildren; two stepdaughters, Mona Dore of Fernando, Florida, and Myla Crouse of the Woodlands, Texas; one stepson, Miles Clark, of Northfield; 17 step-grandchildren; five step-great-grandchildren; and 11 nieces and nephews.

Three brothers, Ervin Watson, Gordon Watson and Lloyd Watson, preceded him in death. A stepson, Mark Clark, and a step grandson also previously died.

Calling Hours will be held Sunday, April 2, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia, using the Carriage House entrance.. A funeral service will be held, Monday, April 3, at 10 a.m. at the Wesley United Methodist Church, 79 Clinton St., Concord. Burial will be at the Rock Island National Cemetery, Rock Island, Illinois, at a later date.

Wilkinson-Beane Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia, is in charge of the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial go to

Phyllis E. Buchanan, 88


Phyllis E. Buchanan, 88

GILMANTON — Phyllis E. Buchanan, 88, passed away peacefully Wednesday morning, March 8, 2017, at Laconia Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Phyllis was born on Jan. 21, 1929, in Weymouth, Massachusetts, the daughter of the late Theodore and Lida (Reynolds) Larson.

Phyllis is survived by her loving husband of 67 years, Wilbur Buchanan of Gilmanton, who served in World War II all around the world as a Navy signalman.

Phyllis and Wilbur raised their family in Weymouth, Massachusetts, prior to retiring to their vacation home in Gilmanton.

Phyllis is survived by her sister, Lois Larson Taylor of Weymouth, Massachusetts. Phyllis is also survived by her daughter, Denise Buchanan of Gilmanton; her son, Keith Buchanan of Plympton, Massachusetts, and his wife, Joanne Machernis Buchanan; their children, Ashley Buchanan and her fiancé, Cody Sousa, of North Kingstown, Rhode Island, and Sean Buchanan and and his wife, Molly Boudreau Buchanan of Duxbury, Massachusetts, as well as their two children, Grace Katherine Buchanan and Charles Robert Buchanan.

Phyllis was proud of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Phyllis loved being with her family during visits in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Phyllis also loved her grand-dog, Blondie, a golden retriever.

Phyllis was a proud and active member of her community, and faithfully served the town of Gilmanton as a selectwoman for a number of years. She spent many years volunteering for the Gilmanton Corner Library, and later organized volunteers to help keep the library doors open. Phyllis was an avid gardener and member of the Gilmanton Garden Club. She also enjoyed creating an extensive antique doll collection.

There will be no calling hours. A memorial service will be held on Friday, March 31, at 1 p.m. in the chapel of the State Veterans Cemetery, 110 Daniel Webster Highway, Boscawen, NH, 03303.

In lieu of flowers or for those who would like to donate, memorial contributions may be made to the Gilmanton Corner Public Library, P.O. Box 504 Gilmanton, NH 03237; or to Compassus Health Care (Hospice services), 170 South River Road, Building 2, Bedford, NH 03110.

Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia, is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial please visit


Laura Aubut, 59


Laura Aubut, 59

ORANGE CITY, Fla. — Laura Brough Aubut, 59, of Orange City, formerly of Laconia, New Hampshire, passed away after a long illness on March 21, 2017.

Laura was born Sept. 2, 1957, in Laconia.

"Lollipop" enjoyed sewing, reading and helping others. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend.

She was predeceased by her mother and father, George and Fran Brough; and sisters Deborah, Cynthia and Claudia.

She is survived by her loving husband, Dennis; daughter, Andrea Aubut of Laconia, New Hampshire; son, Bradley Aubut of Manchester, New Hampshire; grandchildren Monica Weeks, Ethan Sirles, Collin Sirles, and great-granddaughter Brooklin, all of Laconia, New Hampshire. She is also survived by two sisters, Susan Blake of Meredith, New Hampshire, and Rebecca DuBois of Franklin, New Hampshire; and brother, Kelly Brough of Gilmanton, New Hampshire.

No services are scheduled at this time.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Halifax Health – Hospice Care Center Orange City, 1625 Veterans Memorial Parkway, Orange City, FL 32763.


Denise K. Anthony, 53


Denise K. Anthony, 53

BELMONT — Denise Kathryn Anthony, 53, passed away peacefully in her sleep at home on Friday, March 10, 2017, in Belmont.

She was born on May 9, 1963, in Boston, to George and Dolores Anthony.

Denise had a 30-year love story with her longtime partner Scott Boulay, who preceded her in death this past July.

Denise worked side by side with her father, George, at Pizza by Paras, and then in his second local business, Lakes Region Bowling Center. Her career continued in the kitchen as a dietary aide at the Belknap County Nursing Home, where she loved interacting with the residents. She then went on to work at Lakes Region Community Services as a DSP working with individuals with disabilities.

Denise was predeceased by her father, George.

She is survived by her mother, Dolores Anthony; sister, Adrienne Anthony; brothers George Anthony and his wife Elaine, Damon Anthony and his wife Julie; niece Abigail and nephews Alexander and Christopher.

The Anthonys would like to thank Denise's neighbors for their friendship and the profound kindness they showed her.

Services celebrating her life will be privately held in the spring.

For those who wish, memorial donations may be made in Denise's name to the NH Humane Society, Laconia, NH.