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Rosamond Ashley

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CONCORD -- Rosamond "Roddy" Flanders Ashley, 78, died June 5, 2010, at the CRVNA Hospice House.

Born in Manchester, Oct. 3, 1931, she was the daughter of Lester and Janet (Stacy) Leathers. She was a graduate of Manchester High School Central and Elliot Hospital School of Nursing.

She was predeceased by her first husband, Robert W. Flanders in 1994; a son, Robert W. "Chip" Flanders II in 2002; her sister Janet LaPointe in 2008.

She worked at her profession, at the Concord Hospital, New Hampshire State Hospital, Havenwood Nursing Home and as a private duty nurse. During the 1960s she operated a preschool in her home.

She was a member of St. Andrew's Society of New Hampshire, Treasure Coast Scottish Society in Vero Beach, Fla., New Hampshire Historical Society, New Hampshire Forest Protection Society and the Pierce Brigade.

IN HER LIFE: In conjunction with teacher Nan Welch from Eastman School, she provided a program uniting second grade students with Havenwood Nursing home residents where the students would read, lunch and entertain the residents. This program existed for many years in Roddy's home and presently continues at the nursing home.

Roddy volunteered for many church and civic organizations. The past eight years she volunteered for the Treasure Coast Hospice in Port St. Lucie, Fla., prior to her illness. She as a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church and attended the First Methodist Church in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

Survivors include, her husband Richard T. Ashley; her children and their spouses, Jef Flanders and her husband Robert McDougall of Kingston; Bruce and Niki Flanders of Washington, D.C. and Jay and Paula Flanders of Sunapee; her stepchildren and their spouses, Lawrinda and Dave Griffith of Tacoma, Wash., Scott and Stephanie Ashley of Concord and Daryl and Mary Ashley of Sudbury, Mass.; her friend and confidant, Joanne Dion; 17 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

SERVICES: Calling hours will not be held. A memorial service celebrating her life will be held at the Wesley United Methodist Church, 79 Clinton St., Concord, on Saturday at 3 p.m. with a luncheon to follow.

A memorial service will be held at a later date in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

Donations may be made to the Hold the Children Fund, c/o Wesley United Methodist Church, 79 Clinton St., Concord 03301, or Children of the Homeless in Concord Fund also c/o Wesley United Methodist Church in Concord.

Bennett Funeral Home of Concord is in charge of arrangements.

Published in Union Leader on June 10, 2010
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