Florence A.'s Story

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Florence A. (Peck) Goldthwaite, just five weeks before her 99th birthday, passed peacefully at Penacook Place in Haverhil, surrounded by the love and support of her family. She was the loving wife of the late Walter D. Goldthwaite, who died in 1990.
Born in Stamford, Conn., on September 19, 1918, daughter of the late Earl and Ruth (Tuttle) Peck, she grew up in Stamford, then in 1946, she and Walter moved to South Hampton, N.H., becoming an integral part of the South Hampton community. Florence was no stranger to long hours and hard work, having grown up on a farm, so raising her family of seven children just meant that she had more responsibility. She took great pride in her children, always impressing on them the simple virtues of life - kindness, understanding, caring, being helpful, being polite, and last but not least, having great work ethics.
Florence worked as a cook, first with the school lunch program in South Hampton, then at Hillside Rest Home as well as the former Greenleaf Nursing Home in Salisbury. She was also an active member of the South Hampton Baptist Church since 1946, having held every office in the Church, from Sunday School teacher, secretary, treasurer, lay reader, member of all church committees and boards. Florence additionally was active in the Grange, holding membership in Fidelity Grange, Wingate Grange, Pamona Grange, and the New Hampshire State Grange.
She is survived by four sons, James M. Goldthwaite of Seabrook, N.H., Paul J. Goldthwaite and wife, Ruth of Atkinson, N.H., Thomas E. Goldthwaite and wife, Joyce of Nashua, N.H., and Daniel P. Goldthwaite and wife, Melissa of S. Hampton, N.H.; two daughters, Carolyn L. Keeler and husband, Ralph of Penobscot, Maine, and Jean E. Whitener and husband, Larry of Cayce, S.C.; 26 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Irene and Thelma; and a brother, Walter; along with nieces, nephews, extended family members, and friends. In addition to her husband and her parents, she was predeceased by her son, David A. Goldthwaite, who died earlier this year and her infant grandson, Timothy Goldthwaite.
The family thanks the Staff at Penacook Place for the loving and compassionate care they provided Florence over the past few years.
Visiting hours at the Highland Street Chapel of Paul C. Rogers Family Funeral Home, 2 Hillside Avenue, Amesbury, will be Friday, August 25, 2017, from 3 to 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 26, 2017, at 9 a.m. at the South Hampton Baptist Church, 10 Jewell Street, S. Hampton, followed by burial in South Hampton Cemetery. Donations in her memory may be made to the South Hampton Baptist Church or to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Published on  August 22, 2017
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