Mary H. Hunter of West Claremont, NH, died on April 17, 2017, at the age of 103. The daughter of Arthur and Edna (Wright) Holmes, she was born in Washington, DC, on April 12, 1914. She graduated from Stoneham High School in Massachusetts in 1932 and earned her bachelor of science degree from the University of New Hampshire in 1936. She also attended Katherine Gibbs in Boston.
Mary married Duncan Upham Hunter of West Claremont, NH, on June 10, 1939. Duncan served in the U. S. Army Engineers during the Second World War in the South Pacific. This Army service lead her to be a life-long supporter of the American Red Cross. She also served the Ladies Union Aid Society at the Claremont Hospital during the War and was President from 1946 to 1948.
An abiding interest in local history lead to Mary’s service to the Claremont Historical Society, the West Claremont Burying Ground and Historic Deerfield of Deerfield, MA. She was also interested in the history of the Sullivan Machinery Company (now Joy Manufacturing), in which her husband’s family was involved from its founding.
Mary is survived by her son, Duncan U. Hunter, Jr. and his wife, Jeanne of Kingston, RI; her daughter, Susan H. Smith and her husband, Austin of Eastham, MA, as well as four grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, you may send a contribution to The American Red Cross of New Hampshire, 2 Maitland Street, Concord, New Hampshire 03301 or, the Ladies Union Aid Society, Valley Regional Hospital, 243 Elm Street, Claremont, NH 03743.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on June 6 at the Union Church in West Claremont, NH.
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