LACONIA — Mrs. Elizabeth C. Davis, 89, of 21 Ledges Drive, died at her home on Saturday, March 16, 2002. She was the widow of Charles H. Davis who died in 1994.
Mrs. Davis was born Sept. 7, 1912, in Springfield, Mass., the daughter of Gilbert C. and Elva M. (Chapman) Baines. She had been a resident of Laconia since 1993, coming from Gilford. She had lived in Needham, Mass., for many years.
Mrs. Davis was a member of the Gilford Community Church. She was also a member of the Opechee Garden Club for over 20 years and enjoyed painting.
Mrs. Davis was a Red Cross volunteer in Needham for over 20 years and also was a volunteer at the Ledges.
Survivors include two sons, Scott H. Davis of Belmont and Stephen C. Davis of Richmond, Va.; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a brother, Gordon Baines of Massachusetts; and several nephews and nieces.
There are no calling hours.
A memorial service will be held at the Gilford Community Church, Potter Hill Road, Gilford, on Monday, March 18, 2002, at 4 p.m. The Rev. Donna Hankins-Hull, interim pastor of the church, will officiate.
Spring burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, Gilford.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Gilford Community Church, 19 Potter Hill Road, Gilford, NH 03249.
The Wilkinson-Beane Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, is in charge of the arrangements.
ROCHESTER — Raymond E. Matheson, 71, of 28 Church Hill Road, Durham, died Thursday, March 7, 2002.
He was born in Claremont, and graduated from Stevens High School in 1948. He was voted the Most Versatile and Class Optimist. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in government studies from the University of New Hampshire in 1953. Following service in the U.S. Air Force, he returned to UNH where he contributed in several positions including the New Hampshire public television station, teaching, adviser to the international student program, and director of the university visiting artists cultural affairs committee. After retiring from UNH, Ray continued his lifelong passion for education as a teachers’ aid and student aid in the Strafford and Rochester school systems.
His participation in musical, theatrical, and organizational leadership began in high school and continued in college and throughout his life. He cherished life and his hearty laugh and wit was evident in all that he loved to do, including gardening, playing bridge, and acting in community theater.
He is survived by three brothers, Edward Matheson of Raleigh, N.C., John Matheson of Nahunta, Ga,. and Richard Thomas of Manchester.
No calling hours have been scheduled. Arrangements for a memorial celebration in early May in Durham will be announced shortly. In lieu of flowers, random acts of kindness may be performed on neighbors and other friends and strangers.
BERWICK, MAINE — Robert Andrew Melendy, 78, of 33 Merriam St., died Friday, March 15, 2002, at Wentworth-Douglas Hospital after a lengthy illness.
Born Nov. 11, 1923, in Reading, Mass., he was the son of the late William and Flora(Bowser) Melendy.
Mr. Melendy lived in Berwick for the past 24 years after moving from Reading, Mass. He was employed in the U.S. Air Force for 28 years, having served during World War II and Korea. He was then employed by Green Mountain Security, Old Colony Security, and by the Strafford County Department of Corrections. He was a member of the Retired Air Force Association and the United Church of Christ, where he served as a deacon. He enjoyed hiking, crosswords, sports, game shows, word find, and enjoyed volunteering at the Somersworth Food Pantry, serving coffee at the Table of Plenty and the spaghetti dinner at the UCC.
Members of his family include his wife of 24 years, Gracie (Philbrook) Melendy of Berwick; five stepchildren, Maj. Vernon Scribner of Beale A.F.B., Calif., Capt. Orris H. Scribner of Berwick, Jenny Lou Irvin of Strafford, N.H., Joyce Blanchette of Rochester, N.H., and Rebecca Scribner of Somersworth, N.H.; an adopted son, David Melendy of Concord, N.H.; 17 grandchildren, Katrina, Kristin, Reah, Vernon Jr., and Jenna Scribner, Sonya, Samantha, Saraha, Shannon, Jason, and Jonathan Irving, Ryan and Melissa Blanchette, Jenifer and Joshua Melendy, Niketa and Tyler Benner.
There will be no calling hours. A memorial service will be held Sunday at 7 p.m. at the United Church of Christ, West High Street, Somersworth, N.H., with the Rev. Mark Rideout officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice.
Arrangements are under the direction of the R. M. Edgerly & Sons Funeral Home, 86 South Main St., Rochester, N.H..
V. Allen Shouse
PORTSMOUTH — V. Allen Shouse, 82, of 249 Pleasant St., passed away Friday, March 15, 2002, at Portsmouth Regional Hospital surrounded by his family.
Born in Madison, Ga., on June 24, 1920, he was the son of William and Lillian (Chapman) Shouse. He attended Madison elementary schools, Morgan High School Class of 1938 and graduated from West Georgia College in 1941.
He entered the military in 1941 as a lieutenant and served with the 376th Bomber Group as bombardier on a B-24 Liberator completing 50 missions over North Africa. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters. He completed his service as a bombardier flight instructor at Midland, Texas, with the rank of captain.
A resident of Portsmouth since 1946, he retired from the U.S. Post Office in 1988.
He married Elizabeth (Higgins) Shouse of Portsmouth in 1944. She passed away in 1997.
Survivors include his 10 children, M. Allen Shouse of Germany, E. Martina Graham of Eliot, Maine, Marie Aleksy of Kittery, Maine, Anthony Shouse of Huntsville, Ala., Stephen Shouse of Kingsland, Ga., Kathryn Casey of Hampton, William Shouse of Portland, Maine, Rebecca, J. Robert, and Thomas Shouse, all of Portsmouth; 10 grandchildren; a sister, Virginia Williams of Tallapoosa, Ga.
Funeral services will be held at the Farrell Funeral Home, 684 State St., Portsmouth, Tuesday at 11 a.m. Visiting hours at the funeral home are on Monday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society Centralized Memorial Processing Center, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.
SOMERSWORTH — Mrs. Joyce A. (Keen) Wilcox, 63, of 682 Sherwood Glen, died Friday, March 15, 2002, at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in Dover.
She was born in Portsmouth on April 10, 1938, the daughter of the late Frederick and Dorothy H. (Blomberg) Keen.
Mrs. Wilcox attended Lafayette School, Portsmouth Junior High School, and was a graduate of Portsmouth High School, class of 1956.
Besides her husband of 37 years, Richard Wilcox, survivors include three children, John Kloczkowski of Lemoore, Calif., Edward Kloczkowski of Epping, and Cheryl Wilcox of Dover; three grandchildren, Daniel Daugherty of Dover, Samantha Lynn Goeddeke-Wilcox of Dover, and Amanda Rose Goeddeke-Wilcox of Dover; a daughter-in-law, Angela Wilcox of Norfolk, Mass.; a sister, Marilyn E. Caligiure of Dover; three brothers, Earl Frederick Keen of Rochester, Arthur B. Keen of Pine View, N.C., and Gerald W. Keen of North Berwick, Maine; many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grand-nephews. She was predeceased by her son, Richard Wilcox; a sister, Eleanor Keen; and her brother, Edward A. Keen.
A funeral service will be held at J. Verne Wood Funeral Home - Buckminster Chapel, 84 Broad Street, Portsmouth, on Tuesday at 10 a.m. Friends invited. Visiting hours will be held at the funeral home, Monday from 6-8 p.m. Flowers will be accepted.
Mary E. Bennett
PLYMOUTH — Mary Ellen (Currier) Bennett, 52, formerly of Plymouth, died March 19, 2002 at her sister’s home in Bedford.
She was born in Plymouth on Feb. 25, 1950, the daughter of Preston B. Sr. and Mary M. (Stephan) Currier.
A graduate of Plymouth High School, she was last employed as a technician for the American Red Cross.
Survivors include two daughters, Corina M. Carrillo of Sheppard Air Force Base in Texas and Angela D. Bennett of Brighton, Mass.; one son, Kristopher A. Bennett of Plymouth; four grandchildren; her mother of Concord; one sister, Mrs. Alan L. (Bonnie L.) White of Bedford; one brother, Preston "Pepi" B. Currier Jr. of Holderness; nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be held in Mayhew Funeral Home, 12 Langdon St., tonight from 7-9 p.m. A funeral service will be in the Plymouth Congregational Church On the Common on Saturday at 11 a.m. The Rev. Judith Gooch, pastor, will officiate. A spring burial will be in Riverside Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Avon Breast Cancer 3-Day, c/o Angela D. Bennett, 88 Beechcroft St., Brighton, MA. 02135.
Charles H. Stewart
TILTON — Charles H. Stewart, 85, of 36 Prospect St. in Tilton, died Wednesday, March 20, 2002, at Franklin Regional Hospital following a period of failing health.
He was born in Brighton, Mass., Aug. 14, 1916, son of Carl E. and May E. (Phillips) Stewart. Mr. Stewart lived in Franklin for a time and had been a resident of Tilton for more than 50 years.
For many years he was employed with Rolfe Camp Building Contractors in Franklin. He later retired as a millwright with IPC in Bristol, following more than 22 years of employment.
He was a member of the Trinity Episcopal Church in Tilton.
Mr. Stewart was a member of the American Legion, Post #49 in Tilton. During World War II, he served with the U.S. Army as a Technician Fifth Grade, Company A, 178th Engineering Combat Battalion and Army Corps of Engineers.
Mr. Stewart enjoyed woodworking.
His family includes his wife of 65 years, Helen Elizabeth (Tilton) Stewart of Tilton; his daughter, Elizabeth M. Basha of Franklin; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a brother, Lee Stewart of Arizona; a sister, Alice Montello of Maryland; nieces and nephews.
According to his wishes, there are no calling hours. A private service with burial will be at the New Hampshire Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen.
The William F. Smart Sr. Memorial Home of Tilton is in charge.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to either the NH Cancer Society, 360 Route 101, Unit 8, Bedford, NH 03110, or to the Alzheimer’s Association, NH Chapter, 10 Ferry St., Suite 419, Concord, NH 03301.
Phyllis M. Rogers
ALTON — Phyllis M. (Kirby) Rogers, 77, of South Bay Manor, South Kingstown, R.I., formerly of Alton Bay, died Tuesday afternoon, March 19, 2002 at South County Hospital, Wakefield, R.I. She was the widow of Jessie Rogers, who died in 1991.
Born May 13, 1924 in East Providence, R.I., she was the daughter of the late Charles and Emma (Reed) Kirby. She had lived in East Providence most of her early life and was educated in the East Providence School System. In 1967, she moved to Alton Bay and operated the Bayside Motel with her husband, Jessie, until his death. In 1992, she moved to South Kingstown, R.I.
Survivors include a son, Col. Ronald P. Dale, U.S. Army retired, of Wickford, R.I.; a daughter, Paula J. Church of Salem; four grandchildren, Todd King of Santa Cruz, Calif., Matthew Winchell of Salem, Lisa Boulet of Sutton, Mass., and Jay Dale of Wickford, R.I.; two great-grandchildren, Madison Boulet of Sutton, Mass., and Kailynn King of Santa Cruz, Calif.; a brother, Byron Kirby of Exeter; several nieces and nephews.
Calling hours were private. Entombment will be in Old Riverside Cemetery, Alton, to await burial. Public graveside services will be announced.
The Dewhirst Funeral Home, 1061 Union Ave., Laconia, is in charge of the arrangements.
Richard C. Fifield
FRANKLIN — Richard C. Fifield, 86, of 7 Baldwin St., died on Thursday, March 21, 2002 at the Mountain Ridge Center Genesis Eldercare Network.
Mr. Fifield was born April 27, 1915 in Laconia, the son of Charles H. and Alfredia B. (Chates) Fifield. He was a lifelong resident of the Laconia/Sanbornton area.
Survivors include a brother, Leonard V. Fifield of Hallandale, Fla., and two sisters, Frances M. Wheaton of Woburn, Mass., and Alice B. Shaw of Center Harbor. He was predeceased by a brother.
There will be no calling hours.
A graveside service will be held later this Spring in the family lot in Union Cemetery, Laconia.
Wilkinson-Beane Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia, is in charge of the arrangements.