Published DateLACONIA — Edna Isabella Buchanan died at St. Francis Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Laconia, N. H. on March 20, 2013. Edna was 101 years old. She was born in East Somerville, Massachusetts, July 19, 1911, as Edna Isabella Sander.
Edna grew up in Alton Bay, N. H., and later moved with her parents to Rochester, N. H. She graduated from McIntosh College in Dover, N. H. John (Bud) Richardson was her first husband. They lived in Rochester for 37 years.
In the 1940's Edna was employed as bookkeeper for the Shell Service Station at the foot of Rochester Hill. Later she kept accounts for the Mobilgas Service Station on South Main Street, Rochester, N. H. which was owned by her husband. For a number of years Edna worked at the Rochester Public Library. She enjoyed bowling, playing cards, and eating out with friends. New babies in the family were warmed by her crocheted pastel afghans. She loved pets and always had a cat in residence.
Following World War II, Edna was active in the American Legion Auxiliary, and led the girls of the Junior Auxiliary.
After the death of Bud Richardson, she worked for Foss & Came Insurance Agency. A visitor to Frisbie Memorial Hospital in Rochester might have seen Edna, a pretty woman with brown hair and bright blue eyes, as she made her weekly rounds. For 20 years, as a volunteer, she wheeled the library book cart from room to room distributing reading materials and friendly conversation to recovering patients.
In 1970 Edna married Warren (Chet) Buchanan, a boyfriend from her high school days. They were married for 36 years and lived first in Rochester then in Alton. After Chet's death Edna moved in with her daughter in Laconia, N. H.
She is survived by daughter Carlene Richardson Tejada now of Douglasville, Georgia; son John (Kip) Richardson and wife Mary Stockwell of Gilmanton, N.H. and two stepsons Robert (Bob) Buchanan and wife Vicky Bunker of New Durham, N. H. and Curt Buchanan of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Edna also leaves grandchildren and step-grandchildren: Carlos Tejada and wife Nora Sommers of Beijing, China; Sara Tejada Roberts and husband David of Austell, Georgia; Raelyn Adel Cottrell and husband Brian of Gilmanton, N. H., Rocky Adel Gilmanton, N. H. and Katie Buchanan of Alton, N.H. In addition, she leaves five great-grandchildren and a sixth on the way.
Edna believed in loyalty, fair play, hospitality, the importance of doing business locally, and a community that works together, but the driving force in her life was family and home. She made sure her family ate hot home-cooked meals and sat around the table together. There was always enough food for drop-in guests.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations in her name to St. Francis Rehabilitation & Nursing Center, 406 Court Street, Laconia, N.H. 03246, or to your chosen animal shelter.
A graveside service will be held in the spring in Rochester, N. H.