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Melanie T. Otis

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PETERBOROUGH, N.H. -- Melanie Tupper Otis, 56, died at her home unexpectedly on Oct. 18, 2007. She moved to this area seven years ago after living in Milford and Nashua.

She was born on March 9, 1951, in Exeter, the daughter of Nancy (Hancock) and Don B. Otis.

She was a graduate of Burr and Burton Seminary in Manchester, Vt., and received her B.A. from the College of Lifelong Learning, University System of New Hampshire, in 1983, and her masters of education in counseling from Rivier College in 1993.

She was a substance abuse specialist for Capital Region Family Health Center, an adjunct professor at Keene State College and a trainer for the State of New Hampshire Department of Education. In 2000, she received the Counselor of the Year Award from the New Hampshire Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors Association.

She earned her degrees while raising her two sons, and she spent most of her life imparting love and care to everyone around her, including pets, plants, co-workers, patients, friends and family.

She is survived by her parents of Manchester, Vt.; two sons, Christian Solberg and his wife Corey of Rye, and Erik Solberg and his wife Carrie of Arlington, Mass.; her sister, Alison Watah and her husband Ralph of Klamath Falls, Ore.; two grandsons, Benjamin and William of Rye; and a niece, Hannah, and a nephew, Ethan, both of Oregon.

Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 23, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at Jellison Funeral Home, 25 Concord St. (Rt. 202), Peterborough, NH. Burial will be in Dellwood Cemetery, Manchester, Vt., on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 1 p.m.

Memorial gifts may be made to the New Hampshire Humane Society, P.O. Box 572, Laconia, NH 03246, or to Substance Abuse Services, The Family Health Center, 250 Pleasant Street, Concord, NH 03301.

Jellison Funeral Home, Peterborough, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Published in Bennington Banner on Oct. 23, 2007
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