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Also at convention, seriously listening to our guest speaker, was past president and former League liaison to Open Democracy Jane Armstrong.
May 2015: LWVNH members attended the New England Leadership Conference (formerly called Quad States) along with League members from VT, ME, RI, and CT.
On Mother's Day, May 12, 2019, Margery Bostrom passed away, just a month before her 94th birthday. Margery had been a member and also long-time board member of LWV Kearsarge/Sunapee Area. Her caring spirit and enthusiasm for new ideas were an inspiration to us all. In 2009-2011 she served on our statewide study of women incarcerated issues and went on nearly all the "field trips" to the women's prison and the county houses of correction.
Margery had lived at Eastman in Grantham since 1992, serving on various town and Eastman boards. In 2017 Margery's family insisted she move closer to them, to Westerly RI. While we have not seen Margery since she left, she is always in our hearts and will be missed. A memorial service is being planned for July 14 at Eastman.
(If I may tell a personal story from several years ago. Margery and I were on our way to a League meeting. She told me a neighbor had stopped and insisted on helping her clear the snow from her car. She was 90 or 91 at the time and had long had back problems. "I could do it myself," she told me, "but I realized that it was important to my neighbor to know that I was safe and that he could help me. So I gave him the brush and said thank you." I thought, what a wise way to look at getting older. Liz T.)
On April 7, 2019, Lillian Healey Bolton Chandler passed away at the age of 87. Beginning with the 1960 presidential campaign of John F. Kennedy, Lillian involved herself in politics at the state and national level for many years, including as chair of the Muskie for President campaign in Bedford. Lillian was treasurer of the Manchester League of Women Voters years ago and also the auditor for League of Women Voters NH. She also served on the Bedford Budget Committee, the Spinnaker Cove Yacht Club, and held many offices in PTA and youth sports organizations. Our condolences to her family.
Barbara Hull Richardson, a longtime member of the League of Women Voters chapter in the Monadnock area when it existed, passed away on March 23 at the age of 95. Barbara was a member of the NH House, representing Cheshire 5 District from 1992-2010. Her obituary reports that she had been, right up until her last week, "a regular writer of letters to the editor to The Sentinel; always hand-written; always pithy and cogent. In her most-recent letter, she questioned the extent to which our government is protecting us versus bowing to large industries and corporations." Barbara was active in many civic ways, from her younger days as an AMC cru member to becoming a CASA volunteer in her 80s. A role model to us all.
League member Ellen Hawkes Little, who had been active in the Greater Capital Area local League as long as her health allowed, passed away on Jan. 30, 2019 at the age of 93. Ellen was part of our state incarceration study and always brought interesting questions and comments to our discussion. She taught for many years, working part-time to earn her Ph.D. in Education in 1972. She then taught at Empire State College (part of SUNY), finally moving to Concord in 2002. She will be missed.
League member Jane Guise of the LWV Kearsarge/Sunapee Area passed away on January 13, 2019, the day after her 90th birthday party. Jane devoted years of her life to community action work focused on peace, civil and human rights. She worked for 13 years at American Friends Service Committee in Massachusetts. She had been a League member for several years and will be missed.