ASHLAND — Lorraine Ann [Drewes](Godville)(Croft) Lyford, 81, died on November 8, 2013 following a period of declining health at Golden View Health Care Center in Meredith, N.H.
Born on June 3, 1932 in Bronx, New York, the daughter of Arthur N. and Eleanor (Scanlon) Drewes. She attended schools in New York and was employed by Horn and Hardart's and Fanny Farmers, where she met many aspiring singers and actors such as Frank Sinatra, The Three Stooges and many others.
After her marriage to James Godville, she relocated to New Hampshire in 1949 settling in Ashland and began raising a family. While living in Ashland, she was employed at Speare Memorial Hospital; O. A. Miller's in Plymouth NH, and at LW Packard Company in Ashland.
Lorraine was active in the American Legion's Women's Auxiliary and was also known for her homemade breads, rolls, and donuts.
Lorraine helped establish the first Ashland Youth Recreation Center in April of 1971, which allowed a place for many of its young people to join together for games, music, and to socialize, keeping them safe and off the streets.
Lorraine enjoyed bingo, music and dancing, baking, knitting/crocheting, hook latch, and word search puzzles. She had a love for animals, but what she treasured and loved the most was her family and the time she got to spend with them.
She was predeceased by her parents Arthur and Eleanor Drewes, husbands Richard (Red) Croft and Carlton (Skip) Lyford, as well as her brothers Gerard Drewes, Arthur N. Drewes; Sisters Dolores Van Deren, Joan Bersuch , Eileen Keefe; and infant brother Arthur Drewes. She was also predeceased by her daughter Marie O. Prince, and her son James A. Godville.
She is survived by her son Gerard Godville and wife Mary-Ellen of Bridgewater NH; daughter Julie Nichols and husband David of Holderness NH, eight grandchildren; Amy Prince, Gary Prince, Jamie (Godville) Wojcik, Ryan Nichols, Maren (Godville) Taylor, Brandon Nichols, Christopher Godville, Mallory (Nichols) Murphy and eleven great grandchildren, as well as nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be on Friday November 15, 2013 at the Dupuis Funeral Home 11 Hill Ave. Ashland from noon to 1:30 p.m. A graveside service will follow at 2 p.m. at Green Grove Cemetery Main Street Ashland. Donations may be made to the NH Humane Society or to the Ashland Community Center and Food Pantry. Dupuis Funeral Home Ashland is handling arrangements. For more info go to Dupuisfuneralhome.com.