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Elizabeth Holland, 88

LACONIA — Elizabeth "Betty" Holland, 88, of 36 Taylor Home Drive, passed away in her home early Tuesday morning, November 12, 2013 after a brief illness.
Betty was born August 10, 1925 in Boston, MA the daughter of the late Joseph and Mildred (Sharpe) Beetle. She had been a resident of Laconia for more than 40 years during which time her career in the field of healthcare included working for Lakes Region General Hospital and Drs. Shafique and Cullen.
Betty was known for her love of family, friends and this community. She was an avid reader, bridge player and enjoyed travel. She will be remembered most for her courage, quick wit and grace.
Survivors include her son, Stephen D. Holland and his wife Pamela of Blue Bell, Penn.; one brother, Harvey Beetle and his wife, Evelyn of Laconia; three grandchildren, Joseph Holland, of Wilmington, Del.; Michael Holland, of Honolulu, Hi. and Isabella Holland, of Blue Bell, Penn., one great grandson, Noah; two nephews, Jeff and Allan Beetle, and one niece, Janice Beetle Godleski. In addition to her parents, Betty was predeceased by her son, David Holland. Betty also leaves behind many extraordinarily caring and devoted friends.
There will be no calling hours.
A Remembrance Service will be held on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. in the Elm Room at Woodside Building,Taylor Community, 227 Ledges Drive Laconia, N.H. 03246.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Betty's memory to The NH Humane Society, PO Box 572, Laconia, NH 03247
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 Monday, 18 November 2013 09:05

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Heidi L. Beecher, 67

LACONIA — Heidi L. Beecher, 67, died on November 13, 2013 at her home in Laconia after a long illness.

Heidi was born in Manhattan, NY and raised by her late parents; Floyd and Muriel (Schmidt) Graves in Stamford, CT. She raised a family in Monroe, CT and moved with them to Gilford, NH in 1993. She later moved to Briarcrest Estates in Laconia in 1999.

Heidi had enjoyed singing in several church choirs since the age of 8, and was a lover of the many disciplines of the arts. As a Justice of the Peace for over 15 years, she enjoyed being a part of uniting couples in marriage. Her happiest moments were the times she spent with and caring for her loving family and friends.

She is survived by her three sons; Timothy Tibbals and wife Katrina, Michael Tibbals and wife Mara, Todd Tibbals and wife Lynn; four grandchildren; Alexis, Jared, Kendra, and Bryden; and sister Terri Graves.

There will be no calling hours.

A Celebration of Life service will take place at 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 24, 2013 at the Congregational Church of Laconia, 69 Pleasant Street, Laconia with Rev. Dr. Warren H. Bouton, Pastor of the church, officiating. Burial will be private.

Donations may be made to the International Scleroderma Network, 7455 France Ave South #266, Edina, MN 55435 (http://www.sclero.org/)

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 Monday, 18 November 2013 09:02

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Clayton J. 'CJ' Graham, 26

GILFORD — Clayton James Graham lost his twelve-year battle with severe mental illness on November 14, 2013. Sadly, the dark demon of depression pushed him over the edge. Born on April 9, 1987, CJ was the most loving and kind son, a wonderful little brother, and a great uncle. Despite the cruel hand life dealt him, he remained positive and never complained, always looking forward. CJ was a gifted and passionate gardener, a talented artist, and a vet tech student at Great Bay Community College. He had a huge heart for all animals, especially his dog, Xander. He will be missed by his family and friends; the world is a richer, better place because of his life and the love he brought to it. The pain so many of us are feeling is a measure of what he meant to us.
He is survived by his parents, Michael and Cindie Graham of Gilford, NH. He is also survived by two sisters who loved him beyond measure, Katie Graham of Malden, MA, and Holly Bannon; her husband, James, of Southington, CT and his nephews, Jaden and Graham. Clayton adored them and they loved him so much. He so delighted in his role as "Uncle CJ!"
A memorial celebration of his life will be held at the Gilford Community Church on Saturday, November 30 at 11 a.m. Memorial contributions on his behalf can be made to Genesis Behavioral Health, 111 Church Street, Laconia, NH 03246 or to the Gilford Community Church, 19 Potter Hill Road, Gilford, NH 03249.
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 Monday, 18 November 2013 09:00

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James W. King, Jr., 88

ESCONDIDO, Calif. — James "Jim" W. King, Jr., father, grandfather, brother and friend, went home to be with the Lord on Oct. 19, 2013. Jim leaves behind his loving wife of 41 years, Pauline, son William and daughter Debra, step children Larry and Cheryl, sister Phyllis Clairmont of Gilford, N.H. Jim was preceded in death by his son John and two grandsons, Jesse and James. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Born on January 25, 1925 in Concord, N.H. to parents James W. King., Sr. and Ethel M. Cate King Smith, Jim went to the Eastman Elementary School in East Concord and attended Concord High School. He married Virginia, his first wife and mother of his children in June, 1947. Jim and Virginia lived in East Concord for a few years, during which time Jim worked for H. R. Humphreys Refrigeration Co. Having an interest in boating, he spent some of his summer days in Winnisquam with his mother and two siblings, Phyllis and Skip, all the while having fun with the small row boat, a canoe, a small seven-foot boat we called the "pumpkinseed" and a kayak.

Jim served honorably during World War II. On D-Day Jim landed on Utah Beach, Normandy. Jim married Pauline H. Bird in Dec. 1972. He worked for Lockheed Aircraft during his years in California. Jim and Pauline moved to Lake Havasu City, Ariz. in 1989 to enjoy a long and fulfilling retirement. He performed volunteer work as a sergeant on the Mojave County, Ariz. Sheriff's Search and Rescue program for many years. His favorite pastime was fishing. He loved rock hounding. He also loved building model boats, namely unlimited hydroplanes and racing them at London Bridge Model Boat Club events. Willie presented Jim with a Quilt of Valor for his service to his country during World War II. In October, 2012, Jim and Pauline moved to Escondido, Calif., where he remained until his death.

He will be interned Nov. 14, 2013 at 10 a.m. at the Miramar National Cemetary in San Diego, Calif. The family wishes to express their thanks to everyone for their support and kind words.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 November 2013 09:18

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