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Sheila R. Haven, 75

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Sheila R. Haven, 75

LACONIA — Sheila Ruth Haven, 75, a lifelong resident of Laconia, died peacefully Sunday Feb. 12, 2017, at the Belknap County Nursing Home.

Sheila was born Aug. 4, 1941, in Laconia, the daughter of the late Nelson and Bernice (Dow) Cassavaugh. She had been a resident of the Lakes Region her entire life.

She graduated from Laconia High School in 1959. She wed her high school sweetheart, John C. Haven, also of Laconia, in 1959 and celebrated 57 years together last year. Sheila was a member of the First Baptist Church of Belmont.

Sheila loved life and lived for her family and her faith. She faced life's challenges with humor, a loving heart and her faith in God. Sheila was a beloved wife, mother, and sister and will be greatly missed.

Sheila is survived by her loving husband of 57 years, John C Haven of Laconia; a son, Richard Haven; and daughters; Marcia Haven and Jessica Haven; brothers, Terry Cassavaugh and Mark Brewer; sisters, Priscilla Wills, Sandra Bolduc, Marsha Byars, and Pamela Beaudoin; seven grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents she was predeceased by brothers Nelson, Raymond, Kirkman, Eugene, Clifford, and Wayne Cassavaugh; and sister, Gail Bartlett.

There will be no calling hours. A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, Feb. 18, at 2 p.m. in the First Baptist Church, 49 Church St., Belmont, with Pastor Andrew J. Barnes officiating. Burial will be private.

"When the shadows of this life have gone, I'll fly away."

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 go to www.wilkinsonbeane.com.