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Helen F. Abbott, 82

MOULTONBOROUGH — Helen Faye (Johnson) Abbott, 82, of Moultonborough, NH and formerly of Sutton, Massachusetts, passed away peacefully on May 15th. She was surrounded by her cherished family and passed into eternal peace in her home, which she dearly loved.

Mrs. Abbott graduated from Grafton High School in 1949 and attended the University of Connecticut for nursing. After marrying her high school sweetheart on September 3, 1951, they settled in Ithaca, NY while her husband completed his veterinary medicine degree. They came back to New England and eventually settled in Sutton to raise their family of four, then moved to Moultonborough, NH in 1980.

Helen's generous and giving heart reached into every community she lived in. She was a dedicated member of the Moultonborough Visiting Nurse Services Board of Directors, and served as their secretary since 1982. Whether she was volunteering in the pediatrics ward, being a Camp Fire Girl leader, driving for the "Care Giver" program or helping a neighbor, her understated passion and presence was always felt. She was an extraordinary cook and loved to entertain. However, her greatest pride, joy and pleasure were sharing moments with her family. She was a lady blessed with inner beauty, grace and dignity. She possessed a warm affinity for everyone she met. Her loving ways will be missed by all who knew her. "To live in the hearts of those who love us is never to die."

For nearly 63 years, Helen was the beloved wife of Dr. Richard Abbott. She was an amazing Mom to Deborah Holmgren and her husband Henry of Worcester, MA, Scott Abbott of Morrisville, VT, and Lynne Francolini of Millbury, MA., and an adored grandmother to Jonathan Maynard, Christopher Maynard and Renee Francolini. She is also survived by brothers Paul Johnson and his partner, David Johnson and his wife, Donna Theriault and her husband, three nieces that she thought of as daughters, Coleen Sorensen, Maureen Chumsae, and Kathy Harris, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, Evelyn (Faulkner) Johnson Day, Allan Johnson; her sister, Nancy Renaud; and her son, Richard J. Abbott, Jr. She also leaves her much loved furry friends, Josh, Millie and Roxie.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, May 22 at 3:00PM at the Moultonborough United Methodist Church; Rte. 25, Moultonborough. Burial will be private in Holland Hill Cemetery, Moultonborough.

The family wishes to express their gratitude to the Central NH hospice staff for their compassion, kindness and attention given to Helen during her final days.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Helen's memory to Central NH VNA & Hospice; 780 N. Main Street in Laconia, NH 03246.

The Mayhew Funeral Home and Crematorium, of Meredith and Plymouth, is in charge of the arrangements. To sign Helen's Book of Memories, please go to www.mayhewfuneralhomes.com

Last Updated on Monday, 19 May 2014 08:59

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Raymond F. May, Jr., 80

ASHLAND — Raymond Francis May, Jr., 80, of Ashland died at home on May 16, 2014 surrounded by his family following a courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Ashland on November 23, 1933, the son of Raymond F. and Helen (Woodward) May, Sr.

Ray was a lifelong resident of Ashland. He attended Ashland Schools and was a 1951 graduate of Ashland High School. He served his country in the US Air Force from 1953 to 1957, having been stationed in NY, WY, CA, Okinawa and Texas. Ray married his wife, Helen, in Texas in 1957 and shortly after received an honorable discharge as a staff sergeant before returning to Ashland. After several years of private industry work in accounting and production planning, Ray went on to work for the US Army Corps of Engineers as a civilian at the Cold Regions Research & Engineering Laboratory in Hanover, NH in the Logistics Management Office. He received the Army Meritorious Civilian Service Award for display of unusual courage and competence in the rescue of a fellow employee who was injured during an explosion in 1970. This award is the second highest honorary award presented by the Department of the Army to a civilian. Ray retired as Chief of Contracting and Logistics after more than 29 years of service and received the Commanders Award for Civilian Service.

Ray was a member of the Ashland Fire Department, Deputy Forest Fire Warden, and an elected Fire Ward. He was a lifetime member of National Association of Retired Federal Employees. He enjoyed spending time with his family, fishing, hunting, traveling and puttering.

He was predeceased by his parents, his brothers Rick May and Edward Cass, a sister Evelyn Lutz and a son-in-law Kevin Crowley. He is survived by his loving wife Helen R. (Nussman) May of Ashland, three daughters, Stephanie Crowley of Ashland, Kimberly Gammons and husband Phil of Holderness, Julie Dion and husband Glenn of Ashland, grandchildren Liam and Erin Crowley, Laura, Andra, and Garrett Dion of Ashland, and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 11:00 am at St. Agnes Catholic Church, Hill Avenue in Ashland. Burial to follow in the Green Grove Cemetery in Ashland. Donations may be made to the Ashland Firemen's Association, PO Box 856, Ashland, NH 03217 or Pemi-Baker Home Health and Hospice, 101 Boulder Point Drive, Plymouth, NH 03264. Dupuis Funeral Home in Ashland is handling arrangements; for more info go to dupuisfuneralhome.com.

Last Updated on Monday, 19 May 2014 08:54

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Rita A. Pelchat (SERVICE NOTICE)

LACONIA — A Graveside Service for Rita A. Pelchat will be held on Wednesday, May 21 at 10 a.m. at the family lot in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Garfield St., Laconia, N.H.
Rita, formerly of 20 Dell Avenue, Lakeport died at the Laconia Rehabilitation Center on Thursday, January 9, 2014.
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 Friday, 16 May 2014 12:42

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Richard F. Browning, 95

SOUTHLAKE — Richard Francis Browning, 95, Southlake, TX, formerly of Grapevine, TX; Tilton, NH; and Marlborough, MA, died Sunday, May 11, 2014. He and Mary A. Owens were married for 54 years.

Born February 14, 1919 in Marlborough, MA, he was the son of the late Henry and Josephine Browning. He graduated from Marlborough High School and Capital Radio Institute Washington, D.C. Richard joined the Army Air Force and became a pilot; and as a 1st Lieutenant, flew the B-25 Mitchell Bomber in the South Pacific during WWII (125 missions). Upon his return, he and his brother Weston founded Browning Brothers Builders in Northborough, MA. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Marlborough and served in many areas of the church (Sunday school teacher, Superintendent, Deacon and Chairman of Deacons).

He and his wife cared for foster children from 1962-1968; two of which remain with them. They adopted three children.

In 1970 the family moved to Tilton, NH. He was a member of Central Baptist Church and attended Calvary Independent Baptist Church. He was actively involved in his children's sports and activities as well as coaching the Tilton-Northfield Lassie League. Additionally, the family received several Exchange Students from around the world.

In 2000, he and his wife moved to Grapevine, Texas where they became members of First Baptist Church Grapevine.

He is survived by his wife, Mary, and children: Karen Parks, Canton, MA; Darryl Browning, Rosehill, KS; Julie Browning, Santiago, Chile; Janet Bomboy, Southlake, TX; grandchildren: Jason Parks, Angela Howard, Cherish Taylor, Joshua Motles, Briana Motles, Evan Bomboy, Daniel Motles, Hailey Browning, Carver Bomboy, Richard Browning, Genevieve Browning and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at First Baptist Church Grapevine on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 10:30 AM. Burial will follow at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Winnisquam Regional Babe Ruth Softball League; PO Box 432, Tilton, NH 03276.

Richard's kindness will be lovingly remembered by all who had the privilege of knowing him. Arrangements by J.E. Foust & Son Funeral Home, Grapevine, TX.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00

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