LACONIA — Frances Susan Ellingwood, age 91, recently of Sanbornton and Laconia, passed away on July 28, 2013. She was the daughter of Luther Dodge Colburn and Alice Maude (Mansfield) Colburn, and was born on June 27, 1922 in New Boston, New Hampshire.
She graduated from New Boston High School and the New Hampshire School of Accounting and Finance. She worked for many years as a bookkeeper for W.A. Stackpole, later known as Quinn Freight Lines.
She married John Paul Ellingwood on March 25, 1961 in Marlborough, NH. They resided in Manchester, NH.
She was an avid genealogist and researched her own family tree as well as her husband's and many, many other lines for family and friends. She recently published a book entitled "The Descendants of Nathaniel Colburn and Priscilla Clarke of Dedham Massachusetts." She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, The American Legion Auxiliary, and was very active in the restoration, history and preservation of the "Merci Box Car" museum in Manchester, NH. She served as a historian, secretary and officer of many of these organizations and loved to attend the conventions and meetings with her husband. She also served as the treasurer of Baby Threads of NH and spent countless hours making quilts and packing layette bags for infants. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Manchester, NH.
She was predeceased by her husband, her parents, and an infant brother, David Luther Colburn, her brother Martin "Bud" Mansfield Colburn, her sisters; Hazel Maude Wallace, Margaret Addie Ford, and Dorothy Mary Foley. She is survived by her sister Shirley Asenath Hooker, her three step sons, John P. Ellingwood Jr., James Ellingwood, and Daniel Ellingwood, and many nieces and nephews.
Graveside services were held in New Boston Cemetery. Thibault-Neun Funeral Home, 143 Franklin St., Franklin is assisting with arrangements (www.neunfuneralhomes.com).
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Baby Threads of NH, PO Box 713, Belmont, NH 03220.