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Laura Ellen (Hoyt) Mahoney

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63, died Monday, April 14 at her home in East Madison, N.H. The cause of death was pancreatic cancer, which she fought valiantly for nearly two years, supported by her husband Jack, sons Andrew & Kevin, family & friends. Laura was born December 2, 1944 in Hartford, Connecticut. Her parents E. Milton Hoyt and Francis Hayden Hoyt returned to East Madison, N.H. to be year round residents and expand the family business when Laura was six months old. She was active in the student body at Kennett High School & graduated third in her class in 1962. She went on to earn a B.A. in Psychology from Bates College in 1966 where she was an integral part of the college community, serving as a resident assistant. Laura's career at the family's business, Purity Spring Resort and King Pine Ski Area spanned nearly sixty years. Her responsibilities evolved from stuffing envelopes at the age of four to being the matriarch of the diverse family resort. Laura's familiar smile and presence welcomed generations of resort guests: at the front desk, in the dining room, at evening games, hiking to the breakfast cook outs and throughout her multitude of other ownership and managerial responsibilities. Laura's greatest joy was spending time with her family - especially her grandchildren - biking, hiking and traveling. She particularly loved visiting their summer cottage on Danforth Bay and the coast of Maine. She will be sadly missed by her husband Jack of forty-three years, her son Andrew his wife Amy & their children Drew and Ceili; her son Kevin his wife Claire their children Annika & Eliza; her brothers Edward Hoyt his wife Bobbi; Robert Hoyt his wife Yvonne; sister Susan Hoyt her husband Roland & their families; her best friend & sister in law Nancy Geissenhainer. Her parents, E. Milton and Francis, and her sister Katherine Morong predeceased her. She is also survived and missed by Katherine's husband Mark and children Amy and Aaron Morong. The extended Hoyt and Mahoney family, many friends and the expansive Resort family, will also miss her. A memorial service will be held at Purity Spring Resort on May 4th at 2pm. Laura's greatest concern was for her eldest grandson Drew who suffers from intractable epilepsy and autism. The family has created a foundation in her memory to offer support and education for the region's families and programs coping with these disorders. In lieu of flower donations can be made to the Laura Mahoney Autism and Epilepsy Foundation, 1251 Eaton Road, Madison, N.H. 03849.
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