Harriett (Woodsom)'s Story
Harriett (Woodsom) Gould, age 94, lifelong proud resident of Amesbury, passed peacefully at her home Thursday afternoon, November 17, 2016, with her loving family by her side.
Born in Amesbury on June 23, 1922, she was the oldest of nine children of the late Jewell D. and Stella (Gallagher) Woodsom, and was a graduate of Amesbury High School, Class of 1940.
Growing up on the family farm taught her all about responsibility. In such a large family, everyone had their specific tasks that needed to be done on a daily basis. She learned to operator the tractors, haul hay, and attend to the many farm animals, which included the horses and ponies. She rode and drove horses and ponies in Amesbury shows and surrounding areas - Topsfield Fair, Deerfield Fair, Fuller’s Horse Show in Rye, Madison Square Garden and Boston Garden. As an avid skier, she raced in Amesbury and New Hampshire, winning the Boston Post Foley Memorial Trophy, and also taught skiing at the former Locke’s Hill in Amesbury.
Her love of Amesbury started on Woodsom Farm. This love, along with her tireless dedication and work ethic, made Harriett one of the most influential advocates in the Amesbury community. She served on numerous committees and chaired committees, always a driving force. She was president of the Whittier Home Association for 12 years, Chairman of the Macy Colby House, member of the Bartlett Museum, Carriage Museum, Amesbury Alliance, Amesbury Improvement Association, Amesbury Beautification Program, Amesbury Amesbury Education Foundation, Amesbury High School Alumni Committee and Scholarship Committee, Friends of the Public Library, Neighborhood Block Committee, Point Shore Traffic Committee, Woodsom Farm Festival and Block Party, The Newburyport Maritime Society Special Events Committee, the Historic Society of Olde Newbury and the Cultural Alliances of Merrimack Valley. She was honored for serving on the Amesbury Bicentennial Commission for 3 years and was the recipient of the Paul Harris Award given by the Amesbury Rotary Club in recognition of her community service. She was also a lifelong, active member of Main Street Congregational Church.
To her family she was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt, who loved life with a passion, sharing her wealth of knowledge and expertise with each and everyone of them. She was their anchor, their advocate, their role model and their greatest love.
She was predeceased by the love of her life, her husband Robert P. “Bud” Gould, who passed in 2004, her son Jon J. Gould, who passed in 1986 and her sister, Eleanor DuGrenier who passed in 2015. Harriett is survived by her son, Jay E. Gould of North Hampton, N.H.; her daughter, Dale Gould of Amesbury; her three grandchildren, Carly Gould, Jesse Gould and Jon Gould; her brother, George Woodsom of Amesbury; her six sisters, Sally Anderson of Newbury, Marjorie Sicard and husband, Phil of Hampton Falls, NH, Mary DuGrenier and husband, Gary of Amesbury, Helen MacBurnie and husband, Fred “Mac” of Newbury, Anna Woodsom of Newbury and Ruth Twomey of Newburyport, along with several generations of nieces and nephews and many, many dear friends.
Burial at Bartlett Cemetery, Amesbury, will be private for the family and there will be no visiting hours. A “Celebration of Life” will be held in Spring, 2017 at a place and time to be announced. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Anna Jaques Hospital Foundation, 25 Highland Avenue, Newburyport, MA 01950. Arrangements are by Paul C. Rogers Family Funeral Home, 2 Hillside Avenue, Amesbury.
Published on  November 19, 2016