LAKEPORT — Hazel Ruth (Royea) Noyes, 97, of Lakeport, New Hampshire, passed away on Thursday, September 26, 2013, at Lakes Region General Hospital, in Laconia.
She was born July 17, 1916, in West Berkshire, Vermont, the daughter of the late Levi B. and Mary E. Royea. She was educated in Canada and resided in Ashland until moving to Lakeport in 1947. In her early years before being married, she worked at the Batchelder House, a summer country hotel in Holderness, where at times, they accommodated up to 40 house guests; her chauffer's license allowed her to convey guests back and forth to the Ashland Train Station. Relatives of Herbert L. Noyes owned the Batchelder House and it was here that she met her future husband. Herbert passed away in 1988 after 51 years of marriage. Prior to her retirement in 1979, she was employed in the office of the Lake City Beverage Companies for 29 years.
Hazel was a member of the United Baptist Church of Lakeport for more than 65 years, where she taught Sunday school and served in many elective and appointive offices. She was a member and past president of the church's Ready for Service Club, serving faithfully for many years. She was also an associate member of the Weirs United Methodist Church.
In addition, she was a member of the Hannah Frances Rebekah lodge of Lakeport for close to 80 years, having served as past Noble Grand and as past District Deputy President. She was also a member of the Rebekah Assembly of NH, serving as chaplain, marshal and several appointive offices. She received the Decoration of Chivalry in 1965, which is the highest honor given for service in Rebekah Odd Fellowship, the church and community.
As a member of the Squam Lake Grange of Ashland, Hazel served as Past Master, Lecturer, and Lady Assistant Steward, and recently received her 75 year pin and certificate from the National Grand Master.
Hazel served as a volunteer at the Red Cross blood drives for over 31 years, a member of the Lakeport Community Association, the Laconia Historical Society and the New Hampshire humane society she was co-chairman at the "Friendly Kitchen", and the Laconia Salvation Army.
Hazel enjoyed traveling, crosswords and spending time with family and friends. Hazel is survived by her sister, Elizabeth Goyette, of Sutton, Quebec, Canada; a niece, Margaret Earl, who has always been special to her, and five generations of nieces and nephews. She had many friends and especially Laurence Leonard, of Laconia. She was predeceased by three brothers and three sisters.
Calling hours will be held on Sunday, September 29, 2013 at Mayhew Funeral Home (Rtes. 3 & 104), Meredith from 2 through 4 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the United Baptist Church of Lakeport, Laconia, on Monday, September 30, 2013 at 11 a.m. Rev. Gary Mauck, pastor emeritus, will officiate. A private interment will be held at Green Grove Cemetery, in Ashland.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: the Noyes, Rich, Tutt Organ Fund C/0 United Baptist Church, 35 Park St., Lakeport, NH 03246
Mayhew Funeral Homes & Crematorium of Meredith and Plymouth are handling the arrangements. For Hazel's Book of Memories: www.mayhewfuneralhomes.com