Published DateDAYTONA BEACH, Florida — Madeline Elizabeth Bean passed away at Indigo Manor, Daytona Beach Fl. on May 6, 2013 at the age of 102.
She was born in Cambridge, MA and attended Mount Auburn Hospital where she graduated as a Registered Nurse. After reading the book "Florence Nightingale" she decided this was to be her profession which she truly loved and personified throughout her life.
After Marrying Walter J. Bean in 1939 she moved to Laconia, NH and had one child, Maryann in 1941.
She worked in her profession for many years finally retiring from Laconia State School.
Upon having two grandchildren, she became known as "NANA" to all who knew her. There were many overnights at Nana's house for Tom and Tina Leonard and then the Great Grandchildren, Andrea & Gregory McClary.
In 1975 she and her husband, Walter, moved to Gilmanton, NH where they lived above The Corner Store, which was owned and operated by their daughter and son-in-law, Paul & Maryann Leonard.
She participated as a member of the Gilmanton Women's club, The Garden Club and also in many community events.
She was also a member of St. Josephs Church in Belmont, NH where she was a member of that ladies club, being very active in many "church" suppers etc.
Upon the sale of the The Corner Store in 1989, she moved to New Smyrna Beach, Fl. with her daughter and son-in-law as her husband had been deceased for several years. She had many good times their including a 100th Birthday Party given by one of her doctors who made her a cake from "scratch". She was so proud of that.
She leaves behind her daughter, Maryan Leonard, Grandson Tom Leonard and wife Sharon, Tina McClary & husband Frank along with their children Greg McClary & Andrea Doherty. Two great great Grandchildren, Cameron McClary and Ayden Doherty.
She will be greatly missed by all as she was the Matriarch of this family.
There will be a celebration of Mass at 10:00 am on May 21, at St. Josephs Church in Belmont, NH.
Interement will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Penacook, NH where she will be placed in peace with her husband of 42 years.