WILMOT - Alice Raynor Baldwin Chandler died Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, at the New London Hospital. She was born in Cypress Hills, N.Y., on April 1, 1919, the daughter of Benjamin and Lillian (Germain) Raynor. She graduated from Richmond Hill High School at the age of 15, attended Delehanty Business School and New York University. She had an extensive business career in New York City as officer and director of three corporations. She worked as export traffic manager for Holland American Merchants Corporation and later as corporate manager of Bartolucci Arts and Interim, Inc. During World War II she was married to the late Maj. Peter Baldwin, U.S. Army Air Corps. In 1960 she married Earle W. Chandler and shared his interest in farming and sports for 45 years. Earle predeceased her in 2005.
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At Chandler Farm, she and her husband raised Hereford cattle, hay and vegetables. During her farming days, she worked 32 years part-time for National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (USDA) visiting New England farms and hiring, training and supervising enumerators in the six New England states. In 1976, she was honored nationally by USDA as one of the Women of the Year in Agriculture. She loved animals and the out of doors and was an avid Red Sox fan.
She was overseer of the poor for Wilmot for 30 years and ran many programs for people in need, including a food pantry at the town office. She delighted in helping others, especially the people she called "The forgotten ones."
She and her husband enjoyed golf and skiing at home, out West and in Europe. She was interested in teaching children to ski, taught in the North Conway school program, at Ragged Mountain, where she organized a school program and later at King Ridge ski area. For 14 years she chaired the Tina Cricenti Golf Tournament for women, a fundraiser for the New London Hospital.
Survivors include her beloved corgi, Delia; stepchildren, Dorothy Chandler Prats of Rockville, Md., and Wilmot, Earle W. (Rusty) Chandler Jr. of Warren, Charles W. Chandler of Warren, Gene G. Chandler of Bartlett, Mikell Chandler Perry of Madison; her special niece, Susan Durlach Monnier of Winthrop, Maine, and Wilmot; nieces, Joan Benson Quaile of North Carolina, Nancy Durlach Eisle of Andes, N.Y.; nephews, Gary Griffin of Defiance, Mo., Peter Benson of Connecticut, Joseph Durlach of Kalamazoo, Mich., many Raynor and Germain cousins and a host of grandchildren, grandnieces and nephews. She was predeceased by sisters, Gladys Raynor Barton of St. Louis, Mo., Lillian Raynor Benson of Lakewood, N.J., and Mabel Raynor Durlach of Stamford, Conn.
She will always live on in so many hearts she has left behind.
SERVICES: To end her life as she lived it, she requests a simple service with a gathering of loved ones and friends. Burial will be held at the Bartlett Village Cemetery in the spring. A gathering will be held on Friday, Nov. 22, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Wilmot Community Association, 64 Village Road, Wilmot. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Wilmot Flat Baptist Church, P.O. Box 101, Wilmot, 03287.
To sign an online guestbook, please visit www.chadwickfuneralservice.com.
Published in Union Leader on Nov. 7, 2013