Mrs. Gail Corrine Page, 80 years old, passed away at Valley Regional Hospital, Claremont, NH, on March 22, 2021, after a long respiratory illness. She was born on April 11, 1940 in Lancaster, NH, to Howard and Elsie Merrow, the farmer’s daughter. She had one sister, Janice and Murray Rogers (deceased) and three brothers, Dick and Stella(deceased), Carlton (deceased), and John Merrow and his wife, Sherry. She is survived by brother and sister-in-law, Maurice and Estelle Page and predeceased by Joe and Jackie Lajoie, Richard and Joyce Kimball, and son-in-law, Richard Capone.
Gail and Ralph Page were married for 34 years. Ralph died of lung cancer at 51 years old. They had four children, Michael Aldrich (deceased) and his ex-wife Tina, Diana Capone and her deceased husband Richard, Stephen and his wife Mary, and Mark Page (deceased). She is also survived by eight grandchildren, Nicole And Sean Capone and his fiancé, Brittany, Samantha Howlett, Megan Lang and husband Justin, Katelyn Page and her significant other, Mike Tetreault, Kim, Jason, and Julie Aldrich. She is survived by five great grandchildren, Alexas Aiken, Khloe Aldrich, Alaina, Brendan, and Landon Tetreault.
She enjoyed organizing Merrow Family reunions, family heirlooms, the Lancaster Fair, gardening, taking and sharing photos, and the front porch of her home.
She loved her neighborhood children from another mother, Shelia Kozel and DoriAnne Knapp Douglas as well as Darlene, Susan, and friends, Doris and Robert McCrossin, Fred and Janet Patridge, Harold and Muriel Tilton, Betty Fludd McClellan and Wayne Hannah
She was a resident of Claremont since 1964. Gail was a proud, retired weaver at Dartmouth Woolen Mill in Claremont often sharing stories of military products. She was nearly deaf from the bobbin noise. Gail was a long-standing parishioner of the United Methodist Church. She enjoyed bible study, fundraisers, church dinners, and lunching with her tribe. She believed everything tasted better with butter on it. Staples of her diet were donuts and coffee. She sponsored community holiday light funds, the Stevens High School Band and Annual Alumni parade. She held pride for SHS. Her people brought her joy. For years, she and her husband sponsored two fresh air / summer program brothers from New York, Jay and Chris Nyfler. She was a genuinely kindhearted example of someone who would give away the shirt on her back. She made her family promise to continue recycling.
Her final wish was for a scenic ride home to Lancaster and to be buried with her mom’s family Bible.
Charitable donations in her memory can be made to the Claremont United Methodist Church, 38 Summer Street, Claremont, NH 03743.
There will be a funeral service at Stringer Funeral Home in Claremont on Friday, March 26th, at 11 AM. A reception will follow at the Common Man. Gail will be buried in May at the Somersault Cemetery in Lancaster with a service by Pastor Dean Stiles.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Funeral Home and Page family ask all attending the service to abide with all regulations and please wear a mask and use social distancing.
To livestream the service or send a private message of condolence, visit www.stringerfh.com.
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