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Mary E. ‘Betty’ Whittemore, 79

Mary 'Betty' Whittemore, 79

LACONIA — Mary Elizabeth "Betty" (Corcoran) Walsh Whittemore, 79, of Taylor Community, died at the Lakes Region General Hospital on Thursday, July 31, 2014.

Betty was born Aug. 20, 1934, in Lawrence, Mass., the daughter of the late Walter and Mary (Linehan) Corcoran. She resided in Peabody, Mass., and Gilford for several years before moving to Laconia.

Betty was a graduate of North Andover High School in 1952, Merrimack College in North Andover, Mass., and Northeastern University in Boston. She had been employed at General Electric in Lynn, Mass., for 32 years before retiring in December 1986, and moving to the Lakes Region.

Betty loved her family, photography, playing the piano, reading and travel. She was a communicant of Sacred Heart Church and was a volunteer at the Lakes Region General Hospital and also the Belknap Mill for several years. She was a member of the Zonta Club of the Lakes Region from 1987-1997, a member of the Taylor Community Board of Directors, and was a member of the Lakes Region SCORE Chapter from 1987-1997.

Survivors include a brother, Laurence W. Corcoran and his wife Loretta, of Newton; a stepson, Bradley W. Whittemore, and his wife, Laura, of Mountain Lakes, N.J.; a stepdaughter, Gail Volkert, and her husband, Peter, of San Diego; three stepgrandchildren, three great-grandchildren; a special cousin, Claire Sullivan of Northwood; a special niece, Maureen Giggy of Dunstable, Mass.; and many other nephews, nieces and cousins.

In addition to her parents, Betty was predeceased by her first husband of 47 years, Joseph Walsh, in 2003, and by her second husband of eight years, Robert M. Whittemore, in 2012.

Calling hours will be held on Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia, using the carriage house entrance. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, at St. Andre Bessette Parish - Sacred Heart Church, 291 Union Ave., Laconia. Burial will follow in the family lot in Union Cemetery, Academy Street, Laconia.

For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to the Lakes Region General Hospital Oncology Department, 80 Highland St., Laconia, N.H. 03246, or to the charity of one's choice.

Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia, is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial go to www.wilkinsonbeane.com.

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