June 2, 1942 to Dec. 11, 2020
KENNEBUNK, Maine - Linda Hartson Macomber, 78, recently of Lyman, Maine, and formerly of Exeter, N.H., passed away Friday, Dec. 11, 2020, at Huntington Common in Kennebunk, Maine.
Linda was the wife of the late Harold G. Macomber Jr., who passed Nov. 12, 2018. They were married for 22 years.
Born June 2, 1942 in Salem, Mass., she was raised in Beverly by her late parents, Walter and Verna (Kenerson) Ray. She is predeceased by her brother, Gregory Ray.
Linda graduated from Beverly High School in 1960, followed by the Chandler School for Women, in Boston, graduating in 1962. She married Robert Hartson in 1964 and settled in Newburyport, Mass. to raise her two sons.
The family moved to Exeter, N.H. in 1975. Linda worked in the Exeter School System as a Secretary with Title 1. She became involved as a Cub Scout Den Leader, in the antique bicycle club The Wheelmen, her famous yard sales, and on the Exeter Parade Committee. Linda took a job as a Secretary in the Phillips Exeter Academy Alumni Office, from about 1979 to 1988, working her way up to Reunion Coordinator.
Linda decided to run for and was elected as Exeter Town Clerk, upon Ted Klemarzcyk's retirement. For 24 years, she ran local and national elections, registered vehicles, and much more. Linda was proud to serve the residents of Exeter. She was active on the state level and served a term as President of the N.H. City and Town Clerks Association.
Linda went back to college and earned her Bachelors Degree in Business Management from University of New Hampshire in 1991.
After an amicable divorce in 1992, Linda married Hal Macomber in 1996. They enjoyed travel, cruises, buying and selling antiques, and more. After her retirement as Town Clerk in 2012, they moved to a lakeside cottage in Lyman, Maine. Here, they worked on improving their cottage into a house, traveled, and socialized with friends.
Fall 2016, they moved into Huntington Common in Kennebunk, Maine. Hal passed in November 2018. The professional staff helped Linda over the last two years, as she battled Alzheimer's disease. We thank the Huntington family for their loving and tireless assistance, allowing Linda and Hal's final years to be the best possible. Also, we thank Northern Light Hospice.
Linda is survived by her sons: Stephen Hartson of Greenland, N.H., and Kevin Hartson and Kristina Gorman of Weare, N.H.; her brother David and Marybeth Ray of Naples Fla.; her children's father Bob Hartson of Stratham, N.H.; her aunt Janet Caswell of Danvers, Mass; Hal's children: Hal and Rita Macomber, Rick and Cindy Macomber, Robb Macomber, Candace (Macomber) and Rick Tobin, Kenn Macomber, Ted Macomber, Donald Macomber; nieces, a nephew, cousins, and many many friends.
SERVICES: A private graveside service and burial has been held in Exeter Cemetery. There will be a Celebration of Life at the Stockbridge Funeral Home, 141 Epping Rd, Exeter, N.H. on June 5,, 2021, 11 a.m. All are invited.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in the name of Linda Hartson Macomber to the Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation, 110 E 42nd St, New York NY 10017, or online at www.alzinfo.org
Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Stockbridge Funeral Home in Exeter, N.H.