EXETER — Marion Hodgdon Clare, 84, died Wednesday, May 21, 2008, after a lengthy battle with cancer.
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She was born in Portsmouth, the daughter of Chauncey C. and Mildred (Walker) Hodgdon.
She resided in Pawtucket, R.I. for 25 years before moving to Exeter.
She was a graduate of Portsmouth High School and the Plymouth School.
Mrs. Clare was president of the Thomas Bailey Aldrich Association and the Chase Home for Children.
The widow of her high school sweetheart, Wendell Phillips Clare Jr., her husband of 57 years who died in 2000, she is survived by one daughter and her husband, Lee-Lee and John Schlegel of Milbridge, Maine; one son and his wife, Bud and Penny Clare of Lee; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one brother, Richard and his wife Shirley Hodgdon of Portsmouth, and one sister-in-law, Mary Lou Hodgdon of Portsmouth.
She was predeceased by one daughter, Wendy, who died in 2000; and one brother, Philip W. Hodgdon, who died Tuesday, May 20, 2008, one day before she died.
WE REMEMBER: She was a member of the North Church of Portsmouth and served on many committees.
She was a member of Strawberry Banke, Inc.; the Portsmouth Hospital Corporation and the Hospital Guild, of which she served as president, and was chairman and director of Volunteers of Portsmouth Hospital. She was a hospital volunteer at Exeter Hospital and a Friend of the Exeter library.
She was a member of the Central Congregational Church, Pawtucket, serving on many committees and was a director and life member of the Rhode Island Hospital.
SERVICES: A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 14, at 10 a.m. in North Church Parish House, Spinney Road, Portsmouth. Immediately after the service, memories of Marion will be shared over coffee.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to North Congregational Church, 355 Spinney Road, Portsmouth, NH 03801.
Brewitt Funeral Home, Exeter, is assisting the family with the arrangements. To sign an online guest book visit www.brewittfuneralhome.com.
Published in Seacoastonline.com from May 24 to May 27, 2008