ELEANOR THERESA LYFORD (88), late of Riverside Drive, Ashland, passed peacefully at the St. Francis Nursing and Rehabilitation Home in Laconia on Monday, March 20, 2017 after a long period of failing health.     Eleanor Lyford Photo

Eleanor and her fraternal twin sister, Louisa, were born in Plymouth, NH on July 28, 1928 to the late Tom and Nunziatta “Nancy” Tomacelli.

Eleanor “Ellie” was a long time resident of Ashland where she established her life and family with her late husband of 63 years, Ralph H. Lyford.  Eleanor was devoted to her family of ten children, fifteen grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren. Eleanor and Ralph will always be remembered for their great sense of community and for so often opening their hearts and home to others.

Eleanor was a fun and loving wife, mother, sister, aunt and friend.  She had a zest for life and an energy that most of us can only dream of having. With such a busy family life Eleanor didn’t have a lot of time for hobbies, although, she could be found enjoying her friends and the beautiful Squam Lake summers at the Ashland Beach whenever possible. She was a faithful communicant of the St. Agnes Catholic Church in Ashland, worked for New England Telephone and Telegraph prior to starting her family and at Annalee Dolls in Meredith before retiring.

Eleanor was predeceased by her parents, Tom and Nunziatta, step-father, Joseph Previdi, her sister, Mary, brother, Nino, and her beloved husband, Ralph.  Eleanor is survived by her sister, Louisa McCue, of Unionville, CT and Brother Carlos “Cosmo” Tomacelli and wife, Ruth, of El Paso, TX.  She is also survived by her children, Linda Cass, of Shelter Island, NY, Marcia Lyford, of Dover, Katherine Lyford-Hall and husband, Mark, of Rumney, Ralph C. Lyford II and wife, Cathy, of Bridgewater, Jeffrey Lyford and wife Deborah, of Ashland, E. Theresa Gilpatric and husband, Bill, of Bridgewater, Sandra Watson and fiancé, Kenneth Silvia, of New Hampton, Nancy Sawyer, of Rumney, Daniel Lyford and wife, Julie, of Meredith and Thomas Lyford and wife, Jami, of Holderness, fifteen grandchildren, sixteen great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews, all of whom loved her very much.

The family extend their most sincere appreciation for the care and compassion provided by the St. Francis Nursing and Rehabilitation Home.  In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations made in the name of Eleanor Lyford to Food for All C/O Linda Folsom 26 Nash Drive Ashland, NH. 03217.

Calling hours will be held at the Dupuis Funeral Home on Saturday March 25, 2017 from 6-8 P.M.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Holy Trinity Parish St. Agnes Catholic Church, Ashland, on Monday March 27, 2017 at 11:00 A.M   Spring burial services will be held on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 11:00am in the Green Grove Cemetery in Ashland.  .Dupuis Funeral Home in Ashland is handling arrangements for more info go to dupuisfuneralhome.com