Lenore Ryde Ekwurtzel
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MILTON MILLS - Lenore Ryde Ekwurtzel (Smith), age 64, wife of James A. Smith of Milton Mills, N.H., and mother of Brett R. Smith of Portsmouth, N.H., died suddenly on Friday, November 18, 2016, at home. Lenore was born October 11, 1952, in New Britain, Conn., and grew up in Kensington, Conn.

She earned her Associate's Degree in Animal Husbandry at UNH where she taught Light Horse Science and Horse Judging at the Thompson School. She had an extensive circle of friends in the horse world and was a valued mentor to many.

In addition to Jim and Brett, Lenore leaves two sisters, Joanne E. Coghill and husband John of Windsor, Conn., and their two sons and two grandsons, Vivian E. Horton and husband Richard, their two daughters, a son, and two grandchildren. She also leaves her sister-in-law, Joanne A. Beaulieu and husband Norman of Farmington, N.H., and their son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter of Rochester, N.H. She also leaves her in-laws, Phyllis Smith-Pierce and Wesley Pierce of Barrington, N.H.

SERVICES: There will be a Memorial Service at 1 p.m., on Saturday, December 3, 2016, at St. John's United Methodist Church in Dover, N.H., followed by a reception in the church's fellowship hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Lenore's name may be made to The St. Labre Indian School, Ashland, Montana, 59004, or to an organization of the donor's choice.

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Published in Foster's Daily Democrat from Nov. 23 to Nov. 26, 2016.
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April 18, 2017
I loved her!
Glenna Drake
December 4, 2016
On behalf of the TriTown Democrats,serving the Towns of Farmington, Milton, and New Durham:
Our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Lenore. She had real dedication to our citizens and fought hard to help our communities. I enjoyed our time working together on several projects. She will be missed in our little community activist group.
Stan Freeda
December 4, 2016
Kim and Brett,I have trouble finding words to tell you how heartbroken I am to loose Lenore. From the days in Jr High school on to all the crazy adventures that Lenore,Kate, and I shared from Colorado to New England..She was the friend that no matter how long we hadn't seen each other,it was like we had never been apart. I am so sad to know I will never hear her beautiful voice again. My love thoughts and prayers go out to you both.
Diane and Harry Peer
December 3, 2016
Loved the ceremony today, seeing so many people at Lenore's service. It was bitter, sweet and beautiful. All that spoke on her behalf, shared their heartfelt loving stories and honored her, especially touched by what Brett shared. Praying for peace and comfort for all.
Gail Boisvert
December 3, 2016
We are so very sorry to hear of Lenore's passing. Jeff and I have many fond memories of Lenore from our younger days at Green Acres. Sending prayers and peace.
Jeff and Darlene White
December 3, 2016
So sad to hear the news of Lenore's sudden passing. She was genuine and she knew exactly what to say, the advice to give and what book to recommend. I could spend all day reading the sayings posted on her cabinets. We shared a love of the outdoors, horses, dogs and pretty much any animal as well as the love of gardening and beautiful art. Of course later when we both had our children that became the focus of our lives. I am thankful for the many times we shared and wonderful memories to hold onto. She was always willing to listen and share her expertise usually in a humorous way depending on the situation. I learned so much from her. She was passionate and knowledgeable in so many areas and gave so much of her time to those in need. She was a loving, supportive wife, devoted mother who loved Brett more than anything in this world, and a true animal whisperer. Lenore, I'll see you again in Heaven one day and I hope we get to walk all our beautiful dogs together or go for a horseback ride on a beautiful endless trail to nowhere. Sadly, we grew apart over the years and it is what I regret the most. Time has a way of slipping away and then before you know it, it is too late. Praying for Lenore's family, Jim and Brett for comfort and peace during this sad time.By the way, Happy Belated Birthday Brett!
Gail Boisvert
December 1, 2016
My sincere condolences to Lenore's family. I knew Lenore from acquaintances in Milton and Milton Mills. I always enjoyed our conversations.
Ellen Prang
November 30, 2016
So sad to hear of Lenore's passing. Sending warmest thoughts and deepest sympathies to Brett, Lenore's family and many friends.
Tim, Bonnie, Owen & Timothy
November 29, 2016
Our hearts are heavy with the sudden loss of Lenore. Lenore was loved by many... she was a wonderful friend to me and so many others.
Bonnie Baillargeon
November 29, 2016
So very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you.
Rob Kraft
November 28, 2016
I would love to see some pictures of Lenore and her friends-the silly and interesting. I may order a print book if I can get enough.
For those I had to call there was no doubt how many lives she touched.
Wendy Violette
November 27, 2016
I knew Lenore only from our "Equine Enthusiasts" get-togethers on Wed. nights, but she seemed like a very cheerful, active, and all-around genuinely nice person. I was shocked to hear of her passing, and I offer my sincere condolences to her family and friends.
Karen Galle
November 26, 2016
To Lenore's family,
I am so sorry for your loss. I knew Lenore from my early days teaching at the Thompson School. We became friends and colleagues. Over the years we lost touch.
Lenore was a great person and will be greatly missed
Jeri Zezula
November 25, 2016
I'm so saddened and sorry for your loss Jim and Brett. Though I didn't know Lenore well, her warm and caring soul shown through. I wish both you comfort and peace.
Elaine Shippee
November 24, 2016
I was very sorry to hear that Lenore had passed away. I first met Lenore in 1973 and have been through many adventures in those early years. My condolences to her family and friends.
Dinae Canfield
November 24, 2016
I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one. Please find peace and comfort in Psalms 119:76.
November 24, 2016
Heartfelt condolences to Jim, Brett and the rest of Lenore's family, friends and all that knew her. She will be missed by many. Another gone too soon.
Leanne and Chris Bille
November 24, 2016
I was shocked and saddend to hear of Lenore's passing she was a wonderful caring person and a most gracious lady.
John Abbott
November 23, 2016
A shock to hear this sad news of Lenore's passing. My deepest sympathy to her family and friends. Lenore was a inspirational person, plus so much more in life. RIP Lenore.
BJ Caron
November 23, 2016
ed and i are sorry to hear of your loss. keeping you in out thoughts this holiday season.
ed & susie carley
November 23, 2016
Jim and Brett please accept our sincere sympathy in the loss of Lenore. A shock to everyone who knew her.
Mary Ellen Slone
November 23, 2016
Lenore was such an awesome person. we will all miss her. Brett and Jim will be kept in our prayers. Dr Janie Silcocks and staff
November 23, 2016
So sorry for your loss. Lenore was a very special person.
Donna Kay
November 23, 2016
I'm extremely saddened to hear of Lenore's passing. She's been a massage client of mine for years and in that time she's besome so much more than that. She was a true friend and mentor. She will be so very missed. My heart goes out to her Husband, Son and her family.
Monique Cilley
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