As of August 2013, we've begun to include obituaries of passing Historical Society members. We will be adding older obituaries over time.
Clough, Cecilia "Cele"
Cecelia “Cele” E. Clough, a longtime resident of Amherst, NH died on
June 6, 2016 at Carlyle Place, Bedford, NH.
Davis, Ann (Woodbury)
Ann Woodbury Davis passed away at Crestwood Center, Milford, NH on Sat, Nov 10th following a period of declining health. She was one month shy of her 94th birthday.
Ann was born at home in Milton Mills, NH on December 15th, 1924 to William Elliott and Doris (Horne) Woodbury. Despite the Depression, she had a wonderful childhood growing up on her father’s poultry farm and playing with cousins at Horn Pond. She graduated from Milton Mills Grammar School, and Nute High School, class of 1942. During World War II she worked for one year in Miltonia Mill – one of the first two women to do a man’s job. Ann attended Chamberlain School of Fashion and Retailing in Boston for two years and following graduation with honors, was employed for five years at Gilchrist Department Store in Boston.
While on a hostelling trip (via bicycle) she met Robert Davis at his family’s farm in Amherst, NH. They married in 1950 and honeymooned in Europe travelling by bicycle and motorcycle. They continued their travels by motorcycle around the Western United States, Alaska, and Mexico, and gave a series of illustrated travel lectures to local civic groups and schools. When faced with an “empty nest”, Ann and Bob spent one summer backpacking on the Appalachian Trail, completing approximately 1200 miles of its total length of 3200 miles.
While living in Amherst, Ann and Bob built their own home. Ann was a Girl Scout leader as well as a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, the Amherst Historical Society and the Congregational Church’s Woman’s Association. For many years she was active in the Christian Science church in Milford, serving as Reader, Reading Room librarian, and Board Member. She worked at Jordan Marsh in Bedford, NH where she rose to the position of Training Director. Later, she volunteered at the Animal Rescue League and together with her daughter fostered litters of kittens and adult cats for Kitty Angels.
Following the death of her husband, Ann returned to college. She designed her own program of study, Non Fiction Writing, and graduated with a BA in 2002 from the College of Lifelong Learning (UNH). She wrote and published “Memoirs of a Marriage”, “Cat Tales”, and “Growing up in Milton Mills”.
Ann was an avid quilter and attended Quilt Camp through the Elder Hostel program in Lyndonville, VT for many years. She also participated in poetry and writing workshops held on the Isles of Shoals. She loved camping, hiking, travelling, her cats, her family, and really good chocolate chip cookies!
She will be missed by her daughters Susan (Scott) Adams of Amherst, NH and Elizabeth/Betsy (Robert) Mullen of Grand Island, FL and by her only grandchild Katherine Mullen (Steve) Ballard of Owensboro, KY. She leaves behind her sister Jane Seeling of Colorado Springs, CO and a brother in law, Victor Misek of Hudson, NH. She was predeceased by her parents, her husband of 44 years, Robert C. Davis, her brother and his wife, Steven and Eleanor Woodbury, her sister, Susan Misek, her brother in law Fred Seeling, and her brother in law and his wife, Roy and Patricia Davis.
Ann’s father was one of 10 children and she had more than 30 first cousins. One of her great joys was attending the Woodbury Family Reunion held every other year on Cape Cod. She leaves behind over 200 members of extended family.
Howard, Elna Cecelia (Pherson)
Elna P. Howard, 92, of Boston Post Road, Amherst,
died April 7, 1995 in Manchester.
Lincoln, Charles Jewett
SEDGWICK, MAINE — Charles Jewett Lincoln II passed peacefully July 25, 2013, with his daughter and grandson at his side. Charles was born June 16, 1919, in Port Washington, N.Y. He was the son of Roy Melville Lincoln and Grace Hendricks Lincoln and beloved nephew of Charles Jewett Lincoln and Theodora Hendricks Lincoln. Charles is a descendant of Paul Revere, Charles Coffin Jewett and Abraham Lincoln and proudly carried forth the legacy and integrity of these great men.
Charles graduated from the New Hampton School in New Hampton, N.H., in 1938 and Brown University in 1942. From 1942-1946 he served the country in World War II, with the United States Marine Corps in the South Pacific. Charles was one of the officers in charge of the 51st Defense Battalion, which was the first all African-American battalion. He was very proud of his years in the Marine Corps. After serving in World War II, Charles studied law at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. It was here he earned his law degree and met the love of his life, Evangeline Wiseman. They were married for almost 70 years, until she passed in 2010. Charles and Evangeline’s love, devotion, and dedication to each other were traits that everyone who knew them celebrated and admired. Charles and Evangeline settled in Amherst, N.H., where he became the town judge and practiced law. He also served as judge in the District Court in Manchester, N.H. With a keen sense of humor, Charles wrote the book “New England Town Affairs: The Puckerbrush Papers,” which chronicled true cases from Amherst and Milford, N.H.; the names changed to protect the “not-so innocent.” While living in Amherst, Charles’ hobbies included building an asphalt plant with his friend, David Ramsay, manufacturing British fisherman smocks, collecting fire engines in his barn, starting a diamond needle company, and operating a fleet of commercial lobster boats. He was often found in Rye Harbor, N.H., on one of his boats fishing with his daughter, or cruising about the New Hampshire coast.
Charles is survived by his daughter, Evangeline Anne Lincoln Wollmar and her husband, Douglas, with whom he lived with for the last nine years of his life; his three grandchildren, Aaron Lincoln Friedman, Skylar Allyn Lincoln and Charles Jefferson Friedman; also his son, Colin Lincoln and his wife, Leona Clough; grandson and his wife, Jason and Estelle Lincoln;, and a great-grandson, Dylan Lincoln. He also leaves behind his dear friend and former law partner, William Edwards, who remains a loyal and very special friend to Charles and his family.
A memorial service will be held 10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013, at the Somesville Union Meeting House. Private interment will be held at the Old Ship’s Church Cemetery, Hingham, Mass. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions in Charles’ honor be made to the families’ church, the Somesville Union Meeting House, P.O. Box 96, Somesville, ME 04660. Also, Charles would encourage everyone to pick up a good book of humor and enjoy a good laugh. Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald, 113 Franklin St., Ellsworth.
Lincoln, Evangeline Johnston
Evangeline Lincoln, 93, died Saturday, May 29, 2010 at Sonogee Rehab. and Living Center in Bar Harbor, Maine. Evangeline was born March 20, 1917 in New Berlin, New York, the daughter of Peter and May (Johnston) Wiseman. She was brought up near Ottawa Canada, where her father was a Methodist minister. ... She was a graduate of Ashbury School for Women, the University of Kentucky, and the Canadian Conservatory of Music. She also earned a graduate degree in international Law from The University of Michigan, where she met Charles Jewett Lincoln, the love of her life and husband of 69 years. Evangeline was a concert pianist, a church organist, gourmet cook, loving wife, mother and “Nana.” ... In 1975 she survived a massive heart attack where she died and came back to life after 4 minutes. In that time she experienced what she believed to be Heaven. ... Even in her last months, suffering from Alzheimer's, she continued to delight everyone she met with her huge smile, exuberant singing and joy. Evangeline passed away peacefully holding her husband's hand and with her daughter at her side. She is survived by her husband, Charles, daughter Evangeline Anne Wollmar and her husband Douglas of Trenton, Maine, her son Colin Lincoln and his wife Leona Clough of Hollis NH, grandson and his wife, Jason and Estelle Lincoln;, and a great-grandson, Dylan Lincoln.
Medlyn, Barbara B.Barbara B. Medlyn, 93, resident of Milford, N.H., died on April 17, 2019. She was born in Amherst, NH on July 28, 1925, a daughter of Orson H. Bragdon, Sr. and Helen (Newton) Bragdon. She graduated from Amherst High School, Class of 1943, and was a lifelong resident of Amherst and Milford.
Barbara and her late husband, Alfred "Hank" Medlyn, owned and operated Medlyn Motor, Inc. in Milford for many years. She had also worked as a bookkeeper for McKay & Wright, Ryder Concrete and The Manchester Union Leader. She wintered in Melbourne Beach, Fla., for many years and spent many summers at the family cottage on Deering Lake. Barbara was an avid golfer, enjoyed bowling and was a faithful Red Sox fan. She was a loving mother, devoted grandmother and great-grandmother, whose greatest joy came from spending time with her family.
Barbara was Past President of Ricciardi Hartshorn Post #23, American Legion Auxiliary, Milford, and a member of the Amherst and Milford Historical Societies. She was predeceased by her husband, Alfred H. "Hank" Medlyn, who died in 1996. Family members include two sons and daughters-in-law, Stephen and Patricia Medlyn, and Edward and Christina Medlyn, all of Milford; two grandchildren whom she adored, Amanda Berry and her husband, Jay of Milford, Heidi Medlyn and her significant other Matt Beal of Portsmouth, N.H.; two great-grandchildren whom she cherished, Lincoln and Quinn Berry; nieces and nephews.
Odell, Marjorie Noble Odell
Marjorie N. Odell, 90,
lifelong resident of Amherst, NH, died November 30, 2010 at Elliot
Hospital, Manchester, NH. She was born in Mont Vernon, NH on October 10,
1920, a daughter of the late Herbert and Emma (Alexander) Noble.
Rowe, Helen (Davis)
Helen Davis Rowe, 83, of Amherst, NH died peacefully at her residence on May 10, 2018 with her family by her bedside. She was born in Fitchburg, Massachusetts on March 2, 1935, the daughter of Albert Davis and Elizabeth Hall Davis.
Helen graduated from Chatham College, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where she met her husband Robert H. Rowe. She moved to New Hampshire in 1971 and taught sixth grade classes in the Milford, New Hampshire School District.
During her life in Amherst she was active in town affairs as the member of the Historic District Commission, Library Trustee, Garden Club and Questers. She served her church, the Amherst Congregational Church, as a member of the Diaconate, Ministerial Search Committee, Woman’s Association and Funeral Committee.
Helen was known by her friends and associates as an individual who did not desire recognition for her accomplishments; a woman who accomplished challenges quickly and efficiently.
She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Robert H. Rowe, sons Andrew Davis Rowe and David Rowe and grandchildren Hannah Rowe, Andrew Davis Rowe Jr. and Meghan Rowe.
A memorial service will be held on May 24, 2018 at 10:30 AM in the Amherst Congregational Church, 11 Church Street, Amherst, NH. A private family graveside service will be conducted at Meadowview Cemetery, Amherst. Arrangements are in the care of Smith & Heald Funeral Home, 63 Elm Street, Milford.
Stillman, Marilyn G.
Marilyn Garfield Stillman of
Amherst, passed away peacefully on April 2, 2018. Marilyn was ever cheerful
and generous and was blessed to live independently until the final week of
Taussig, Ann (Jennings)
After a full life of over ninety years, Ann
Jennings Taussig of Springfield Point in Wolfeboro, NH died peacefully on
Tuesday, February 6, 2018 with family by her side in The Arbors’ Nursing
Home for the Memory Impaired, Bedford, NH. Born in Winchester,
Massachusetts on April 25, 1927 to Irving and Ellen Jennings, she is
survived by her twin sisters Allie Castelli and Betsy Maley and her husband
Bill, and her brother Charles “Skip” Jennings and his wife Nancy.
Wichman, William Merrick (Bill)
On December 12th, 2015, William Merrick (Bill) Wichman passed away
peacefully at Community Hospice House in Merrimack N.H., of
complications from ALS. A long-time resident of Amherst, NH, he was 78.
Young, Marion G.
Marion G. Young, 88,
longtime resident of Amherst, NH, died on December 27, 2012 at the home
of her daughter and son-in-law in Goffstown, NH. She was born in
Cambridge, MA on June 27, 1924, a daughter of Peter and Alice (Hayes)
Macklin. Marion graduated from Somerville (MA) High School, Class of
1941 and Salem State College, Class of 1945. She continued with graduate
studies at Boston University and Rivier College. Prior to her marriage
in 1949, she taught high school in Ipswich, MA and Waltham, MA. She
moved to Amherst in 1949 and spent more than 30 years teaching Business
Education at Milford Area Senior High School.
She was predeceased by
her husband, Donald O. Young, who died in 1988. Family members include
two daughters and sons-in-law, Patricia A. and Steven Giguere of
Goffstown, NH, Jean C. and John Rotch of Milford, NH; two sons and
daughters-in-law, Raymond A. and Leticia Young of San Diego, CA, Paul A.
and Anne Young of Exeter, NH; 14 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; a
brother-in-law, Jake Young of Amherst, NH; many nieces and nephews.