LACONIA — Ruth Hazel Beard, 93, of 29 Chapin Terrace, died on Tuesday, September 4, 2013 at Coastal Manor in Yarmouth, Maine. She was the widow of Charles W. Beard who died in 1992.
Ruth was born July 10, 1920 in Henniker, N.H., the daughter of the late Ashbel and Ina May (Stahl) Young. She resided in Rochester and graduated from Spaulding High School. She worked as payroll supervisor at Champlin Box Co. of Rochester, N.H. and was a payroll clerk at Judson & Dunaway Co., Dover, N.H. She moved to Laconia in 1961and worked for the Laconia School Lunch Program, the Lakeport National Bank, Indian Head Bank of Laconia and Fleet Bank before retiring in 1982.
Ruth was a Scout Den mother and Little Mother, was one of the first volunteers for the American Red Cross at Frisbie Hospital in Rochester, N.H. in 1942 during WWII. She was a member and officer of the Cocheco Grange #89 of Dover, N.H. and was also a member and officer of the James Farrington #7 Eastern Star of Rochester, N.H. She was a member of the Lakeport Woman's Club for over forty years, a former member of the Laconia Business & Professional Women's Club and the Business Women's Association, the Belknap Mill Society, an Incorporator of the Taylor Home and was a former member of Waukewan Golf Club in Meredith, N.H. After retiring, Ruth enjoyed winters in Florida. She was an avid golfer.
Survivors include two sons, Alan C. Beard of Florida and N.H. and Barry W. Beard and his wife, Caron, of Pownal, Maine; two granddaughters, Molly Ann and her husband, David, and Abigail Rose Beard, all of Pownal, Maine; two brothers, Donald Young and his wife, Marlene, of Sarasota, Florida and Louis Young and his friend, Anita Cassily, of Rochester, N.H.; one sister, Lois Smith of Dover and one sister-in-law, Annette Young of Dover.
In addition to her husband and her parents, Ruth was predeceased by three brothers, George, Richard and William Young; a sister, Jean Young, a brother-in-law, Ralph Smith and a daughter-in-law, Jean Beard.
There will be no calling hours.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 11 a.m. at the Gilford Community Church, 19 Potter Hill Road, Gilford, N.H.
For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice, 780 North Main Street, Laconia, NH 03246 or to the DanaFarber Cancer Institute-Memorial Donations, 10 Brookline Place West 6th Floor, Brookline, MA, 02445.
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H. is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial go to www.wilkinsonbeane.com.