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Mary E. Morrill, 90

MEREDITH — Mary Elizabeth (Maguire) Smith Morrill, aged 90, died peacefully on December 17, 2013 at her home in Meredith, New Hampshire after a long illness. Mary was born February 27, 1923 in Stoneham, Massachusetts and was the daughter of William F. and Eva M. (Ulrich) Maguire. Her sister Anna M. and brother William F. have deceased.

In 1946 Mary wed Samuel W. Smith who died in 1967. With Sam she raised three sons and a daughter in Stoneham. In 1972 she married William D. Morrill and in 1979 moved to Holderness, New Hampshire. In 1999 they moved to Naples, Florida. She returned to New Hampshire in 2010.

Through the years Mary taught her children, nieces, grandchildren and great-grandchildren the benefits of family, laughter, music, kindness, and civic action. In Stoneham Mary was a founding member of the Stoneham Chapter for the League of Women Voters, and was later appointed to the Stoneham Board of Appeals. As a resident of Holderness she served on the Zoning Board of Adjustment and volunteered for Squam Lakes Association. When she lived in Florida she helped at the local Habitat for Humanity.

Mary is survived by her three sons, William F. and wife Rose Smith, Joseph P. and wife Regina Smith, Paul D. Smith and Marion, and daughter Mary-Ellen and Peter Hodges. She loved dearly her grandchildren, their spouses and doted on her great-grandchildren. Surviving family include her nieces Susanne, Nathalie, Paula and their husbands. All were uniquely favored and loved.

The family would like to note the friendships, consideration and respect shown by the residents and staff of the Meredith Bay Colony Club. Please make any memorial gifts to Pemi-Valley Habitat for Humanity (www.pemivalleyhabitat.org) or the Central New Hampshire VNA and Hospice (http://www.centralvna.org). Burial arrangements are private.

Mayhew Funeral Homes & Crematorium of Meredith and Plymouth are assisting the family. For Mary's Book of Memories: www.mayhewfuneralhomes.com

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 December 2013 08:27

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Bertha C. Lee, 92

MOULTONBOROUGH — Bertha Caroline Lee, 92, of Moultonborough, died peacefully at Forestview Manor, Meredith on Thursday, December 12, 2013.
Mrs. Lee was born July 1, 1921 in Canterbury, N.H., the daughter of the late Ezra and Ora (Landry) Rheaume. She was a longtime resident of Canterbury until retiring with her husband to their summer home in Moultonborough.
During World War II, Bertha worked as a "Rosie the Riveter" while her husband was serving overseas in the Army. Bertha was a communicant of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Meredith. She was a member of the Canterbury Women's Club, the Canterbury Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary and the Moultonborough Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary. She volunteered for the Canterbury Fair and the Moultonborough/Sandwich Senior Meals Program. She loved her flower gardens and was a wonderful baker and cook. Her baked beans and pies were legendary at town suppers in Canterbury. Bertha's favorite times were summers spent with family and friends at their camp on the lake.
Survivors include­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ a son, Mark Lee, of Laconia; a daughter and son-in-law, Carolyn and Kenneth Filpula, of Moultonborough and several nephews and nieces. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Lee was predeceased by her husband of 63 years, Robert Vernon Lee, a son, Ronald, her brothers, Ezra, George and Robert and her sisters, Madeline, Josephine, Dora, Margaret, Mary and Frances.
The family wishes to express their gratitude to the exceptional staff at Forestview Manor for their tender, loving care of Mom and to Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice for their compassion and respect given to her at the end of this part of her journey.
A Memorial Calling hour will be held on Sunday, December 29, 2013 from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Carriage House of the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H.
A Memorial Funeral Service will follow the calling hour at 2 p.m. also at the Funeral Home.
Spring burial will be in the family lot in Maple Grove Cemetery, Canterbury, N.H.
For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to the Moultonborough/Sandwich Senior Meals Program, PO Box 354, Moultonborough, NH 03254 or the Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice, 780 North Main Street, Laconia, NH 03246.
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, 18 December 2013 08:24

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Leon L. Dustin, 89

ASHLAND — Leon L. Dustin, 89, died on December 13, 2013 following a period of declining health at his daughter's home in Francestown, New Hampshire

He was born in Campton, New Hampshire on June 18, 1924, the son of Leon J. and Lillian (Elias) Dustin.

After early years in Jamaica, New York, the family returned to New Hampshire in 1934. He attended one-room schools in Campton and Livermore Falls through the seventh grade, moving to Plymouth and graduating from Plymouth High School in 1942.

He was a veteran of World War II, serving as a machine gunner in the 20th Armored Division in the European Theater.

Honorably discharged in February, 1946, his post-war plans to become the "playboy of the Western World" were derailed and made to change when he met and married Marie Landroche of Ashland, settling in Ashland for what was to become their home and base of operations for more than 60 years.

After four years of working nights in the local Woolen Mill, and attending classes during the day at Plymouth Teachers College, under the auspices of the GI Bill, Leon graduated in 1951 with a degree in Education. What followed, according to Leon, was "the most satisfying of careers, working with young people, helping them grow, and become young successful adults---while they were helping me to grow in so many ways".

Leon's career, teaching, coaching, and administration in Lisbon, Franklin, and Belmont, as well as six years in the industry after retirement from Education, kept them away from Ashland for 38 years . In 1990 they returned to Ashland to renew old relationships and enjoy their retirement. Both Leon and Marie became very involved with the local American Legion Post and their projects; Leon was elected Post Commander in 1993 and continued in that office for 12 consecutive years, while Marie was elected President of the Auxiliary in 1994 and remained in that office for 11 consecutive years!

Their 69 year romance and marriage ended in October 2006 with Marie's passing after a period of declining health. Leon was predeceased by his parents, a brother Charles and a sister Elaine. He is survived by his son Larry of Bennington, NH, daughter Lisa Perreault of Francestown, and grandchildren, Jason Dustin of Gulfport, FL; and Jonathan Roth, Taylor, Roth, and Darian Perreault, all of Francestown.

Calling hours will be on Wednesday evening, December 18 from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Dupuis Funeral Home, 11 Hill Avenue, Ashland, New Hampshire. A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at St Agnes Catholic Church, Hill Avenue, Ashland, New Hampshire at 11am. Spring burial will be in Green Grove Cemetery in Ashland.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Leon's memory may be made to the Dupuis Cross Post 15, American Legion Scholarship Fund;PO Box 423, Ashland, NH 03217 Dupuis Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. For more information, go to www.dupuisfuneralhome.com

Last Updated on Monday, 16 December 2013 10:47

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Ruth L. Hilliard, 87

BELMONT — Ruth L. Hilliard, 87, of 81 Depot Street, died at her home on Friday, December 13, 2013 surrounded by her family.
Mrs. Hilliard was born April 22, 1926 in Belmont, N.H., the daughter of the late Everett and Ethel (Hilliard) Ellsworth. She was a lifelong resident of Belmont and had been employed at the Lakes Region General Hospital, Laconia and for the Laconia State School. Ruth loved flowers, birds, playing bingo and especially spending time with her family.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Sharon Hilliard, of California, Kentucky and two daughters and sons-in-law, Joanne and "Kip" Guay of Belmont and Alice and Stanley Huntoon of Meredith Center; two brothers; Leon Ellsworth of Belmont and Walter Ellsworth of Belmont, four grandchildren, Tara, Joshua, Brent and Melaine; three step grandchildren; Samantha, Megan, and Becky; four great grandchildren; four great great grandchild and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Hilliard was predeceased by her husband of 63 years, George Hilliard, in 2008, three brothers; Everett Ellsworth, Raymond Ellsworth and Wendell Ellsworth and one sister, Bernice Miller.
There will be no calling hours.
A Graveside Service will be held in the Spring at the family lot in South Road Cemetery, Belmont.
For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to Central NH VNA & Hospice, 780 North Main Street, Laconia, NH 03246.
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, 16 December 2013 10:43

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