Doralyn M. Harper

BELMONT - Doralyn M. Harper, 79, of 12 Heritage Terrace died at the St. Francis Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Laconia, on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012.
Doralyn was born Nov. 30, 1932, in St. Johnsbury, Vt., the daughter of Atwood N. and Doris M. (Macie) Hardy.
She had been a resident of Belmont since 1954 and was a communicant of St. Joseph Parish where she was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society.
Doralyn had been employed by the Town of Belmont for 24 years before retiring in July 1999. She was the clerk for the town clerk-tax collector from 1975 to 1985, deputy town clerk-tax collector from 1985 to 1988, and town clerk-tax collector from 1989 until retiring in June 1999. She was a member and clerk of the Belmont Planning Board from 1955 to 1988 and the clerk of the Belmont Zoning Board of Adjustment from 1986 to 1988, and was re-elected to both boards from 1992 to 1995.
Doralyn was very active in her community. She was a member of the Shaker Regional School Board from 1979 to 1996; chair of Supervisory Union 46 Board from 1989 to 1996; and was a bail commissioner from 1983 to 2000.
She had been a member of the Belmont Rotary Club since 1988 and served as the club's first president. At that time, she was the first female president of a Rotary Club in New Hampshire. Doralyn also served on the advisory board of the First Deposit National Bank in 1988. She was also a member of the Friendly Club, the Unsociable Club, the Belmont Senior Center Advisory Board, and the Belmont Fire Belles.
Doralyn enjoyed the theater, reading, watching the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots, and her camp in Lebanon. The ocean was her haven.
Survivors include a son-in-law, Jerry Baron; three grandchildren, Jeremy Baron and his wife, Holly, Eric Baron and his wife, Jennifer, and Tonya Baron; and two great-grandchildren, Brooke Baron and Riley Baron, all of North Berwick, Maine; a brother-in-law, Donald Flanders; and two nephews, Steve Flanders and Jeffrey Flanders, all of Laconia.
In addition to her parents, Doralyn was predeceased by a daughter, Tammy Baron, in 2010 and by two sisters, Loraine Flanders in 1982 and Bonnie-Jean Monahan in 2011.
Calling hours will be on Monday, Feb. 20, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Carriage House of the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia.
There will be a Mass of Christian Burial on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Parish, 96 Main St., Belmont.
Spring burial will be in the family lot in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Laconia.
For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to St. Joseph Parish, PO Box 285, Belmont NH 03220.
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia, is assisting the family. For more information and to view an online memorial, go to

Published in Citizen on Feb. 17, 2012