Emma Ramsey, 102, died Monday, Jan. 14, 2008, at the Hyder Hospice House in Dover after a long period of failing health.
Mrs. Ramsey was born in Milton, N.H., on Oct. 29, 1905, the daughter of Aldege and Clesdor (Blouin) Custeau. Other than spending her childhood in Lebanon, Maine, she lived in Milton for most of her life. She was the former owner and operator of the Tri-Echo Center in Milton.
She was a member of the Pocahontas VFW Auxiliary, a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, the Young at Heart, the Sacred Heart Society, St. Anthony's Parish Council. She was a former organist at Sacred Heart Church in Milton for many years.
In 1950, she was chosen as Mother of the Year, in 1995, she was chosen as Middleton's Citizen of the Year. She belonged to the Milton Woman's Club, served on the Milton School Board for 25 years and was Milton tax collector for 18 years.
The Ramsey Center in Milton was named after her, and she was able to celebrate her 100th birthday there, with over 100 people in attendance. She was awarded the Post Cane in Milton in 2004 for being the oldest person in town.
She leaves three sons, Joseph Vachon of Michigan, Robert Vachon of Kentucky and Homer Vachon of Rochester; one daughter, Theresa Cronin of Sarasota, Fla; one stepson, Norman Pelletier of East Rochester; one stepdaughter, Pamela James of Florida. She also leaves 26 grandchildren, 49 great-grandchildren, 11 great-great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was predeceased by her first husband, Emile Vachon, who died in 1932 and widowed by her second husband, Earl Ramsey, who died in 1970 and was predeceased by a son, Richard Vachon, who died in 1996 and by a daughter-in-law, Gail Vachon, who died in 2001.
Visitation will be held at the HJ Grondin & Son Funeral Home, 177 North Main St., Rochester, on Thursday from 2-4pm and 6-8pm. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Friday at St. Anthony's Church in Sanbornville, with burial in the spring in Pine Grove Cemetery in Farmington.
Memorial donations may be sent to Seacoast Hospice, 10 Hampton Road, Exeter, NH 03833.
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Homer Ernest Vachon
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