Betsey Parker (Hammond) Eldridge of Silver Lake, NH Passed away peacefully on 24 January 2011, surrounded by family and friends at home, after a courageous six-and-a-half year battle with breast cancer.
Betsey was born in Brockton, MA on 11 February 1932 to Parker Keith and Lois Hammond; they moved to Taunton, MA. She graduated from Taunton High School with the Class of 1950, and from Fall River’s Truesdale Hospital Nursing Program in 1953. She married her husband, Richard Parks Eldridge, in 1953 and together they had two children: Richard Jr. (1954) and Robin (1955). The couple moved from Taunton in the mid-seventies to Madison, NH.
Betsey worked as a nurse at Toby Hospital in Wareham, MA; as a school nurse at Kennett High School in Conway, NH; and retired from the Center of Hope in Center Conway, NH after thirteen years as a Medical Manager.
She founded the Madison Garden Club after noting interest in the community among her friends, and maintained an active Charter Member status. Betsey was a regular at the Madison Breakfast Club and a member of Madison’s Great Books Club. She also enjoyed camping, sailing, skiing and traveling.
Betsey is survived by her husband of 58 years, Richard; her son Richard Jr. and family (partner, Kevin) of Revere, MA; and her daughter, Robin (Eldridge) Hain and family (husband, Scott; son, Nevin) of Silver Lake, NH. She was the oldest of four children. Her siblings include: Susan (Hammond) Freeman of St. Davids, PA; P. Keith Hammond (deceased); John Hammond (deceased); and also, many nieces, nephews, and cousins are left behind.
In lieu of flowers, kindly make donations to: Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care Services of Northern Carroll County, PO Box 432, North Conway, NH 03860 (603-356-7006 or 603-447-6766)
There will be no visiting hours. A memorial service of “Celebration of Betsey’s Life” will be held at The Madison Church, Madison, NH at 2pm on Saturday, 7 May 2011.
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The Baker-Gagne Funeral Home and Cremation Service of West Ossipee, NH is assisting the family with the arrangements.