Rachel M. Brown
LACONIA — Rachel M. Brown, 101, of 406 Court Street and formerly of Paugus Street, Lakeport, died at the St. Francis Rehabilitation and Nursing Center on Thursday, April 19, 2012.
Rachel was born February 18, 1911, in Laconia, the daughter of Milo and Louise (Morisette) Saunders, and was a lifelong resident of Laconia. During World War II, she worked at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. She had been employed at Scott & Williams for 28 years before retiring in 1972.
Rachel was a communicant of Our Lady of the Lakes Church, Lakeport, and was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America. She was a charter member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, Laconia Post No. 1670, the Emblem Club, the Laconia Salvation Army, and a member of the Laconia Senior Center. For more than 20 years, Rachel was a volunteer at the New Hampshire Veterans Home in Tilton. She enjoyed gardening and was a dedicated voter and political activist.
Survivors include two sons, Calvin W. Brown of Brevard, N.C., and David M. Brown of Palm Harbor, Fla.; five grandchildren,
Jimmie, Brenda, Molly, Matthew and Amy; nine great-grandchildren, twins, Patrick and Cooper, Jason, Eric, Chloe, Coleman, Violet, Brandon and Carter; several nephews and nieces; and her constant companion and friend, Mary Ingram, of Lakeport.
She was predeceased by her parents and by two brothers, Charles Saunders and Bill Saunders.
Calling hours will be held on Friday, April 27, from 4-6 p.m., in the Carriage House of the Wilkinson-Beane Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, April 28, at 10 a.m. at St. Andre Bessette Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 291 Union Avenue, Laconia.
Burial will follow in the family lot in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Laconia.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to SERVICELINK, 67 Water St. Suite 105, Laconia.
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial go to www.wilkinsonbeane.com.