BENICIA, Calif. — Bye Mamma! We'll miss you.
Lee died peacefully in Benicia, Calif. with family at her side.
Lee Ann Hall was born on April 15th, 1934 in Philadelphia PA to Martin and Kathryn Hall.
Soon after, her family moved to New York City, where they lived until they moved to Gilford, N.H. when Lee was 11.
This is where the real story begins and ends
Lee was the oldest of three siblings. They grew up in Gilford Village, a small town in the Lakes Region of N.H. It is here that Lee and the family found their true home. They quickly assimilated into the region, skiing, hiking, boating and enjoying all of the things a small town in the Lakes Region had to offer.
She attended Laconia High School, graduating in 1952. She was a fierce member of the debate and speech team, excelled at field hockey and loved to ski at the Gilford Outing Club and Gunstock
Lee spent her summers working at Sawyer's Dairy Bar, which is still a local favorite.
After high school Lee attended the Pennsylvania Hospital School of Nursing in Philadelphia, graduating in 1955 at the top of her class. It was here, while working at the hospital she met Thomas J. Elder. He had come to visit his college roommate, a patient of Lee's at the time. They married in 1955.
Her married life took her to Virginia and back again to the Philadelphia area, to the town of Schwenksville , where she started her family of 3 children. Keeping up with her active lifestyle she joined the Ski Patrol at a local mountain so that her kids could learn to do one of the things she loved, skiing. In mid 1971, a transfer took them to Pittsburgh . It was here that Lee went back to nursing, working as a RN in the OBGYN department at Allegheny General Hospital while pursuing her other loves, raising her 3 children and gardening.
After her divorce Lee moved back to Philadelphia and resumed her career as a nurse at Lankenau Hospital where she worked as an operating room nurse for many years until her retirement.
When she retired in 1997, she moved back to Laconia, N.H. She loved being home in N.H. and quickly built a full life. She was active in the Gilford Community Church, Old Home Day, the Laconia Main Street Committee and the Opechee Garden Club along with other local charities and organizations. And much to her delight, she resumed many of her old friendships from high school and was on the reunion committee for several years.
Lee loved all things green and growing! Her gardens both flower and vegetable were spectacular and were a great source of joy to her. She was happiest when elbows deep in dirt.
In 2010, when her health began to decline, she went to live with her daughter Susan in Northern California.
Lee felt that her greatest achievement in life was her three children. Susan, Andrea and Douglas, who in turn gave her 6 beautiful grandchildren, who she doted on every chance she had.
Lee is survived by her children, Susan (Greg) Benicia, Calif., Andrea (Michael) Chestnut Hill, Penn. and Douglas (Lisa) Lincoln, Mass. Her grandchildren, Garrett, Shannon, Harrison, Isaac, Eva and Anya, Brother Martin C. Hall III of Durham, N.H., and sister Linda Hall of Sun City, Ariz. And lastly her former husband Thomas J. Elder of Fayetteville, Penn.
A memorial service will be held May 10, 2015 at the Gilford Community Church and she will be laid to rest in the family plot at the Pine Grove Cemetery, Gilford Village, N.H.
Last Updated on Friday, 16 January 2015 10:23
NOTTINGHAM — Noel C. Carlson, 56, of Nottingham, N.H. passed away Thursday, January 15, 2015 at Wentworth Douglass Hospital surrounded by his loving family after a courageous battle with cancer.
Born December 19, 1958 in Plymouth, N.H., Noel was the son of the late Paul E. and Marilyn (Braley) Carlson. Noel was raised in Alexandria, N.H. He worked as the Pharmacy Technical Supervisor at Concord Hospital where he met his wife Wendy. They moved to Durham where he graduated from UNH with a BS and then a MS in Natural Resources/Marine Biological Restoration in 1996. He worked for 22 years at UNH in New Castle, N.H. first as the manager of the Coastal Marine Lab, then later as manager of the Judd Gregg Marine Research Complex and Pier Support Facility.
Noel enjoyed spending time outdoors. He was happy when he was fishing, hunting, and camping with family and friends Dan Peterson and Rich Mayer, or at home gardening, keeping chickens, and making maple syrup, or out in the woods cutting firewood and collecting wild mushrooms for one of his wonderful culinary dishes. He taught courses for a few years at UNH in SCUBA Diving and Identification of Trees and Shrubs. Noel loved to sing and enjoyed using his beautiful voice as a member of the worship team at his church.
Noel was a wonderful, loving husband and father and a caring friend to many. He will be greatly missed.
Noel leaves behind his wife of over 28 years, Wendy A. Carlson and his son Jesse D. Carlson and daughter Hannah E. Carlson all of Nottingham; the parents who raised him, Carol Bergh and Elmer Braley, siblings, twin brother Daryl Carlson, and brothers Christopher Braley, Alec Braley and Robert Carlson, and sisters Ruth Kimball, Arlene Carlson, Deborah Baese, Suzanne Lull, and Louise Holmburg.
He was predeceased by his brother Paul Carlson, Jr. and sisters Laura and Starr Carlson.
A Celebration of Noel's Life will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, January 19, 2015 at Durham Evangelical Church, Route 108, Durham, N.H. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial donations be made to Amy's Treat, Seacoast Cancer Center, Wentworth Douglass Hospital, Dover NH 03820 or to the Nottingham Food Pantry, 139 Stage Road, Nottingham NH 03290.
Visit www.kentandpelczarfh.com to sign an online guestbook.
Last Updated on Friday, 16 January 2015 10:16
LACONIA — Frances Ann Kingsbury, 90, of 21 Ledges Drive, Taylor Community, died at her home on Tuesday, December 23, 2014.
Mrs. Kingsbury was born July 30, 1924 in Franklin, N.H., the daughter of the late Thomas and Bessie L. (Murray) Peel.
Mrs. Kingsbury resided in Gilmanton for several years before moving to Laconia in 1994. She taught at several private schools before retiring in 1980 after thirty-five years of teaching.
Survivors include her brother-in-law, Richard A. Kingsbury, of Yarmouth Port, Mass. and her cousin Molly Turner of Amherst Mass. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Kingsbury was predeceased by her husband of 59 years, Donald Lowell Kingsbury, in 2005 and by her daughter, Susan M. Fritts.
There will be no calling hours or funeral service.
Spring burial will be in the family lot at Smith Meeting House Cemetery, Gilmanton, N.H.
For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to The Multiple Sclerosis Association of America, 706 Haddonfield Road, Cherry Hill N.J. 08002.
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
Last Updated on Thursday, 15 January 2015 08:56
FRANKLIN — Beatrice "Bea" Frances Calley, 97, a longtime resident of Franklin, Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at the Merrimack County Nursing Home in Boscawen. Bea was born in Franklin, June 15, 1917, daughter of Chester and Mamie (Breckney) Braley. She attended Franklin Schools. For many years she worked at the former Mica Shop in Franklin and prior to her retirement in 1980 was employed at IPC in Bristol. While active, she was a former member of the Franklin Senior Citizens Club, the Apollo Club and VFW Ladies Auxiliary, Post # 1698, all of Franklin. For many years she was an active member of the Franklin Congregational Church. Bea was predeceased by her husband, Hollis W. Calley in 1984. She was also predeceased by, daughters, Beverly Bergeron, son, Ronald Rollins, half brother, Edward Breckney and brother, Clarence Braley and sister, Alberta Moses and half sister, Lillian Heath.
She leaves daughters Patricia Hamel and her husband, Felix of Franklin, Janet Addison and her husband, James of Franklin; son Bruce Calley of Nevada; ten grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren and great, great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews
Calling hours will not be held.
A graveside service will be held in the spring at Franklin Cemetery in Franklin.
Expressions of Sympathy may be made in Bea's name to either the Franklin Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice, 75 Chestnut St., Franklin, NH 03235 or to the New Hampshire Association for the Blind, 25 Walker St., Concord, NH 03301.
For more information go to www.smartfuneralhome.com
Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00