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Rachel A. Croissant, 50

CONCORD — Rachel A. (Goodwin) Croissant died suddenly of an aortic dissection on April 3, 2013 at Concord Hospital. She was born on December 15, 1962 in Concord, NH.
She married her loving and devoted husband Michael J Croissant on September 9, 2009 in Bow; the newlyweds resided in Concord. Rachel loved and was loved by Michael's family.
Her family included her mother Christine (Smith) Goodwin, two sons Eric Bryant and Chrissy; Adam Bryant and Lindsay, and grandson Cameron. Her sisters and brothers, Marcia LaPierre and Stephen of Chazy, NY, Susan Libby-Andrews and Wayne of Bow, Mark Goodwin and Brenda of Bow, Elgie E. Goodwin and Rosemary of Loudon, Benson Goodwin of Bow, Rebecca Ladd and Randy of Belmont, and many beloved nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her adoptive father Elgie A. Goodwin.
Rachel was raised in Bow and attended Bow and Concord public schools. Rachel lived in Gilmanton for many years, driving a school bus, farming, gardening and even producing her own maple syrup. She enjoyed her work in several garden centers as a Master Gardener. In addition, Rachel acquired her LNA through the Red Cross. She loved spending time in Maine, she spent many summers working at Grey's Homestead Campground on Southport Island, Boothbay Harbor.
Rachel, a loving woman who touched and helped influence the lives of many people, including Young Women of the Mormon Church, her own family, community and the life of Scott McPherson. Rachel's faith was strong, her love of nature was heartfelt and her general knowledge was widespread. She will be missed by those whose life she touched. She enjoyed women's retreats, Tres Dias and many other activities associated with her faith. She loved cooking (foodie), she was known for expanding on recipes; she also loved playing cribbage and other games.
A celebration of Rachel's life, officiated by Pastor Virginia Fryer, will be held April 20th at 11:00 am at Bow Mills United Methodist Church, 505 South Street, Bow, NH 03304.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Bow Mills UMC Community Garden Project or any charity of choice.
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