Betty H. Newell died at Forrest View Manor on April 9, 2017 following a period of failing health. Born on May 22, 1921 in Millinocket, Maine, she was the daughter of Charles and Gertrude (Byers) Hickey. After the untimely death of her mother when she was 8 and the subsequent strokes suffered by her father, she lived with several different families but was ultimately taken in by William and Eleanor O’Connor with whom she spent many happy years.
Betty spent many years in Connecticut where she was employed by Pratt & Whitney Aircraft in various positions and ultimately as a Quality Control instructor. After an early retirement in the 1970’s, she relocated to Meredith, New Hampshire where she became a member Meredith First Congregational Church where she started and led the Prayer Shawl Ministry (she started another Prayer Shawl Ministry at the First United Methodist Church in Milford, Massachusetts), she was also a member of the Sweet Mondays and a member of the Eastern Star. She worked at home for several years for Anna-Lee Dolls and later in life Betty was employed at the Kellerhaus as a candy maker.
At age 79 she went white water rafting in California. She enjoyed parasailing in Florida with her granddaughters, hot air balloon rides, cross country skiing, and indoor sky diving at age 88. When she was 92 she drove a race car at the Loudon Speedway. She was also a member of the Upside Down Club for flying upside down in a Bi-plane.
She was predeceased by her husbands, Francis Baker Sr. in 1969 and Frederick Newell. She is survived by her son Francis “Frank” Baker Jr. and his wife Jeanette Baker of Concord and her daughter Betty Milo and her husband Lawrence Milo Sr of Milford, Massachusetts; her 8 grandchildren: (Kimberly Milo and significant other Kenneth Foisy Jr, Leslie Lavallee and husband Shannon Cothran, Steven Baker and wife Sandra Baker, Brian Baker and wife Rhona Mitchell, Laurel Rodrick and husband Timothy Rodrick, Sara Howell and husband Daniel Howell, Lawrence Milo Jr and wife Hsu Min Milo, and John Bischoff); 11 great grandchildren; and 1 great-great grandchild.
Calling hours will be held at the Dupuis Funeral Home, 11 Hill Avenue in Ashland on Friday, April 14th from 5:00 to 7:00pm. Services will be held on Saturday, April 15th at the First Congregational Church of Meredith 4 Highland Street in Meredith at 11:00 am. Private burial for family only will be at the Meredith Village Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Congregational Church of Meredith PO Box 533 Meredith, NH 03253, the NH Humane Society 1305 Meredith Center Road Laconia, NH.03246, or to the Meredith Food Pantry.
Dupuis Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. For more info go to Dupuisfuneralhome.com.