Marion E. Stevens
MIDDLETON - Marion E. Stevens, 101, a long time resident of Middleton, N.H., passed away Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, at home after a period of failing health.
Born Nov. 30, 1911, in Nova Scotia, Canada, she was the oldest child of Allen and Margaret (Mullen) Kinney. While she was still a small child her father found work in Maine and the family moved there. Her family eventually settled in the Wakefield area where she met Sidney Stevens. She and Sidney married in 1929 and moved into their own home in Middleton.
She was a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother who loved to go wild berry picking. She also excelled at cooking, gardening, and sewing. She believed in preserving the fruits of her labor and would can or store her garden produce. She liked to keep her family warm and made them many quilts over the years. None of her children, grandchildren or great-grandchildren will ever need a quilt. She was a wealth of knowledge about farming, food and family, we all knew who to ask when we had a question about something. Grammie always knew how to do it, or who that person was.
She was a member of the Middleton Gospel Chapel and held many offices there as well as teaching Sunday school well into her 80s.
She served on the Middleton School Board for 35 years, at times her duties included making sure that the one room school house located nearest to her had wood for heat and that it was cleaned for its students. She was also a community Civil Defense worker. during World War II
, checking to see if people had their blackout curtains closed.
She was predeceased by her parents, her brothers Walter and Arthur Kinney, her sisters Louise Tufts and Grace Stevens, her husband of 50 years Sidney Stevens, her son Albert Stevens and her daughter Evelene Peckham.
She is survived by her daughter Jane Stevens of Manchester, her grandsons Walter Peckham and wife Linda, with whom she resided, Lawrence Welch and wife Kelly of Danville, Joel Welch and wife Nipa of Derry, Kerry Welch and wife of the Philippines, Robert Welch and her only granddaughter Heidi Welch, both of Sandown. She is also survived by great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
We would like to give a special thank you to Cornerstone VNA and Hospice of Rochester for their care and compassion.
A memorial service will be held at Middleton Gospel Chapel, 187 Kings Highway, in Middleton, N.H. at noon on Sunday, Feb. 17. Friends and family are invited to attend this celebration of her life. Following the service, refreshments will be shared at the Middleton Town Hall.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Cremation Society of N.H.
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