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Mary Hesseltine

Journal Opinion of Bradford, Vermont

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1925 – 201

NORTH HAVERHILL—Mary Elizabeth Hesseltine, 88, died Dec. 20, 2013 at the Grafton County Nursing Home, North Haverhill.

Mary was born in Haverhi11 on July 10, 1925, the daughter of Howard and Gladys (Douse) Smith.

During her working career, she was employed at Burndy's and in the kitchen at the Grafton County Nursing Home.

Mary was a member of TOPS Club for many years and attained KOPS status, which she enjoyed for 33 years. She also belonged to the American Legion Auxiliary Ross-Wood Post #20. In her spare time, she enjoyed fishing and camping. She loved cats, especially Bee Bee and Grasshopper.

Mary lived at the Opera Block in Woodsville for a number of years and appreciated the friendship of the residents there, as well as the friendships she established at the Grafton County Home.

She was predeceased by her two sons, Russell "Rusty" Hesseltine on Oct. 22, 1969 and Charles Hesseltine on Nov. 26, 1978; along with her dear friend, Emaline McFarland on Dec. 21, 2011.

She is survived by her daughter, Linda Speer and husband Lewis of Ryegate; two grandsons, Russell Rutledge and Randall Hesseltine; two great grandchildren; three great, great granddaughters; a brother, Francis Smith and wife Jackie of Canaan, NH and Paul Smith of Bridgewater, MA; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A funeral service was held Dec. 23 with the Rev. David Pruitt officiating. Burial will be in the spring in the Pine Grove Cemetery, Woodsville.

Memorial contributions may be made to SAD-SAC (Save a Dog, Save a Cat), Federal Street, St. Johnsbury, VT 05819.

Ricker Funeral Home and Cremation Care of Woodsville was in charge of arrangements. For more information or to offer an online condolence, visit

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Original Publication Date: January 1, 2014

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