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Rudell O. Hawkins Sr., 88


Rudell O. Hawkins Sr., 88


RAYMOND — Rudell Owen Hawkins Sr., 88, a longtime former resident of Ashland, died March 16, 2015, at his home in Raymond after a long illness.

Born in Dummer on Aug. 11, 1926, he was the son of Charles A. and Margaret (Bissett) Hawkins.

Rudell grew up in the Dummer, and Milan area and attended Dummer schools. He resided in Ashland from 1948 to 1991 and has been a resident of Raymond since 1991.

Rudell worked in the former Ashland Paper Mill for many years. He became an automobile mechanic, and worked at several dealership over the years such as Grappone Ford, in Concord, Meredith Ford, in Meredith, and the former Deming's Chevrolet, in Plymouth.

Rudell was a proud World War II Army veteran and had served in the battle of Iwo Jima. He earned the Philippine Campaign Medal, the National Defense Medal, the Good Conduct Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.

Rudell was a longtime member of the Free Will Baptist Church, in Ashland, a member and past Master of the Mount Prospect Masonic Lodge 69, and a member and past Patron the Mount Hope Order of Eastern Star, both of Ashland. He was also a member of the Dupuis Cross American Legion Post 15, Ashland. Rudell had also served as an auxiliary police officer in Ashland.

Rudell loved to play the guitar and sing country music, go out dancing, go antiquing, and loved to yodel. He was also known for making the best peanut butter fudge in the area.

Rudell is predeceased by his wife of 42 years, Ramona M. (Lindsey) Hawkins, who died in 1990.

Rudell is survived by his son, Rudell O. Hawkins Jr. and his wife Kathy of Laconia; daughters, Sharon B. Reed of Holderness, Valerie J. Niggl and her husband Robert of Port Charlotte, Fla., Deborah M. Warnock and her husband Steven of Epping; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; sisters, Norma Madeau of Watertown, Conn., Ramona Woodward of Dummer; many nieces and nephews; and his longtime companion of 24 years, Evelyn G. Arnold. of Raymond.

Calling hours will be held in the Mayhew Funeral Home, 12 Langdon St., Plymouth, on Friday, March 20, 6 to 8 p.m., with a Masonic service will be held at 7:30 p.m. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 21, at 11 a.m. at the Free Will Baptist Church, Main St. Ashland. The Rev. Everett Palmer, pastor emeritus, will officiate. Spring burial will be in the Green Grove Cemetery, Ashland on Monday, May 18, at 11 a.m.

The Mayhew Funeral Homes and Crematorium, in Plymouth and Meredith, are assisting the family will their arrangements. To sign Rudell's Book of Memories, go to; www.mayhewfuneralhomes.com

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 March 2015 06:55

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Nicole Willingham, 63


MEREDITH — Nicole Christiane Willingham passed away on March 15, 2015, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon surrounded by her loving family.

Nicole was born on April 5, 1951, to parents Thomas and Christiane Nelson in San Francisco. Her family relocated to Southern California early in her life. It was there where she later met her future husband, Michael, whom she married on Valentine's Day in 1970. After many happy years in Texas and Gilroy, Calif., Michael and Nicole relocated to New Hampshire.

Known for her vivacious and passionate spirit, Nicole will always be remembered as a devoted wife, mother, sister and grandmother. She was also a lifelong fan of the Beatles and the San Francisco 49ers. A talented artist and writer, she maintained throughout her lifetime a deep love for classic cinema, gardening and literature. More recently she developed a keen interest in researching her family's extensive genealogy.

Nicole was predeceased by her parents, and is survived by her husband, Michael; brother Marc (Karin) Nelson; sister, Noelle (Brian) Hunt; sons Sean (Erica) and Erik (Bess) Willingham; and grandchildren Madison, Alexander, Vivienne and Grace. She will also be fondly remembered by her numerous extended family, friends and relations.

According to her wishes, there will be no formal services.

Nicole's family would like to extend their profound thanks to the physicians and staff of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center for their extraordinary care and compassion.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Nicole's name to the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center, Office of Gift Recording, 1 Medical Center Drive, Hinman Box 7070, Lebanon NH 03756.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 March 2015 06:53

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Jeannine Allen, 74

BELMONT — Jeannine "Memere" (Jacques) Allen, 74, of River Street, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 15, 2015 at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Mass. surrounded by her loving family.

Jeannine was born on December 20, 1940 in Laconia, the daughter of Romeo and Isabelle (Truchon) Jacques. Being a 1959 graduate of Sacred Heart High School and having lived in the Laconia area her whole life, she maintained many life-long friendships. Jeannine was known as a devoted mother and grandmother. She was also a loving caregiver to her mother for many years. Jeannine dedicated her life to raising her four children and spending time with her fifteen grandchildren. She served with her husband as an elder of Grace Capital Church in Laconia. Her gentle spirit and humorous ways will be greatly missed.

Jeannine is survived by her husband of 47 years, Roger Allen of Belmont, her son, David Allen and his wife Kristey and their children; Madeleine, Bradford, Harrison, Wesley, Connor and Claire, all of Bethel, Vt., her son Dan Allen and his wife Brenda and their children; Douglas, Joshua, Nathaniel, Brendan and Katie, all of Laconia, her daughter, Linda Dumais and her husband Jonathan and their children; Jake and Kyle, all of Belmont, her son Gary Allen and his wife Erica and their children; Isaac and Caleb, all of Laconia, her brothers; Richard Jacques and his wife Jane of Cape Coral, Fla. and Raymond Jacques and his wife Arlene Franklin of Newton, Mass. She was predeceased by her parents.

Calling hours will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, using the Carriage House entrance.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 19, 2015 at Grace Capital Church, 542 Pembroke Street, Pembroke.

Internment will be privately held at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery, 110 Daniel Webster Highway, Boscawen.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the ALS Association, N.N.E. Chapter, 10 Ferry Street, Suite 438, Concord, NH 03301 or to the Desert House of Prayer, PO Box 391, St. Michaels, AZ 86511.

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 Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00

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Hazel M. Eckhart, 85

LACONIA — Hazel M. Thompson Eckhart passed away peacefully at her home on Saturday, March 14, 2015, of Walker Street, after complications from a fall in early December 2014.
She was born July 28, 1929, daughter of Perley V. and Leona (Chase) Avery. Prior to her move to Laconia, Hazel and Victor raised their family in Meredith Center, N.H. She called this home for over 50 years. Hazel was predeceased by her husbands: Victor L. Thompson, Sr. and John Eckhart as well two daughters: Mildred Levesque and Sandra DeMarco. She is also predeceased by a step-daughter, Hazel Roberta Perez.
She is survived by her children: Brenda Walker, Rosanna Thompson, Terry Thompson, Larry Thompson, Elizabeth Connelly and Gary Thompson. Hazel is also survived by her step-children, Margaret Howe, Jacqueline Thompson, Frederick Thompson and Victor Thompson, Jr. Hazel also leaves her loving sister, Minnie May Sorell and husband Alex Sorell, Sr.
Hazel was predeceased by her parents; Perley V. Avery and Leona M. Avery and six siblings. Hazel leaves behind several loving grandchildren, great grandchildren and many adoring nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Eckhart retired from the former Laconia State School and Training Center, where she was an attendant.
Her interests included the many gardens at her Laconia home, long car rides to new locations, completing jigsaw puzzles, word-search puzzles as well as reading. Her many grandchildren were the highlight of her life.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Central VNA and Hospice, 780 North Main Street, Laconia, NH 03246 so others may benefit from their care and comfort as Hazel did.

A celebration of Hazel's life will take place on, Sunday, March 22, 2015, 1 p.m. at the Meredith Center Baptist Church, Meredith Center Road, Meredith, N.H. The Reverend Robert Lemieux will officiate. A time for fellowship and sharing will take place immediately following the service in the Fellowship Hall.

Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H. is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00

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