BERLIN - Our mother (Mary) Alice Howland, 91, closed her eyes for the last time early Sunday morning, Aug. 18, 2013, at the Coos County Nursing Home, where she had been a resident for the last six years.
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She was born in Gorham on Feb. 19, 1922, to Jacqueline Desrocher and John Provencher and spent the majority of her life in Gorham. She lived in Hartford, Conn., during World War II, working at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft, supporting the war effort.
She was the loving wife of Guy Howland and lived in Randolph for many years until Guy's death in 1991 and she eventually moved back to Gorham. Mary - "Call me Alice," as she always said - loved a good joke and April Fool's Day was her day to shine. No one was immune from whatever prank she pulled.
She worked for many years at the Ed Fenn School and then Gorham High School in the hot lunch program. She enjoyed all the students and faculty during her years employed as the "Lunch Lady." In her mid-50s she was very proud that she earned her GED - education was important to her. Alice was also well known in her neighborhood for making doughnuts that the local kids enjoyed. She was an excellent cook and her homemade bread and rolls were a family favorite.
She was predeceased by four sisters and five brothers. She is survived by six daughters, Norma Dimick of Groveton, Barbara (Dave) Buck of Oregon, Gloria (Ray) Howland-Mulligan of Randolph and Sebastian, Fla., Fay Howland of Manchester, Janet Howland and Mark Hopkins of Connecticut, and Colleen Howland of Gorham; nine grandchildren, Scott (Kat) Dimick of Portland, Maine, Troy (Sandy) Dimick of Thornton, Dave (Wendy) Buck of Washington, Donna-Marie (Jerry) Sharp of Idaho, Kim (Doug) Greenwald of Arizona, Tina DePaolo of Manchester, Eric DePaolo of Concord, Megan Merchant (Justin Jacques) of Berlin, and Tommy Lynch of Connecticut; 10 great-grandchildren, Lacey Chic of Arizona, Kyle and Kayla Dimick, Hannah and Alden Dimick, Kameron Keller, Michael Buck, Lucky Talley, Nathaniel Greenwald and Lucas Jacques; sisters in-law, Cecil Provencher, Jean Provencher and Alta Howland; also nieces and nephews and many friends.
services: In memory of Alice, please pay it forward with a joke, an act of kindness or just make someone smile.
You may pay your respects on Friday, Aug. 30, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Fleury-Patry Funeral Home, 22 Exchange St., Gorham.
Fleury-Patry Funeral Home
72 High Street
Berlin, NH 03570
Published in Union Leader on Aug. 27, 2013