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Clara Lemay Crowley

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Gilford------Clara Lemay Crowley, 97, of Gilford, died on Wednesday, June 2, 2004 at her home with family by her side.

She was born in Manchester on October 26, 1906, the daughter of Dr. Thomas and Minnie (Faucher) Lemay.

          She attended Manchester schools and graduated from Plymouth Normal School in 1929. She received her Master’s Degree in educational administration.  Clara was captain of the girls’basketball team at Plymouth Normal School and was a member of the tennis team.  She was inducted into the Plymouth State College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1996.

          She began her teaching career at Manchester Central High School and coached the girls’ basketball team.  After raising a family, she returned to teaching in Epping, Nashua, and Manchester Central; where she was a department head.  After retiring from Manchester Central High School, she supervised student teachers at New Hampshire College.

          She enjoyed playing bridge, crafting pine needle baskets, and painting with oil.  She was a member of the Bedford Craftworker’s Guild and the NH League of Arts and Crafts.

          She is survived by five children, Bernard Crowley, Jr. of South Deerfield, MA, John Crowley, of Rye, NH, Joanne (Crowley) Tilton of Laconia, NH. Eleanor (Crowley) Spinazzola of Gilford, NH and Clara (Crowley) Bowker of Bedford, NH; eleven grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; a brother, Dr. Gerard Lemay, of Bedford, NH; nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her husband, Bernard Crowley, and a son, David Crowley, of New Boston.

There will be no calling hours.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Our Lady of the Lakes Church, 50 Washington Street, Lakeport, NH on Saturday, June 5, 2004 at 9:00AM.  Rev. George Soberick, Pastor of the church, will officiate.

Burial will be private.

Memorial donations may be made to Community Health & Hospice, Inc. 780 N. Main Street, Laconia, NH 03246.

Wilkinson-Beane Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, NH is in charge of the arrangements. 

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