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Ellen Luce Barry
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New Hampton------Ellen Luce Barry, 59, of 25 Birch Way, New Hampton, died at the Lakes Region General Hospital, Laconia on Monday, November 24, 2008.

Ellen was born June 27, 1949 in Claremont, N.H., the daughter of Howard H. and Beatrice E. (Lamb) Luce.

Ellen was a 1967 graduate of Stevens High School, Claremont. In 1970, she received her B.A. Degree from George Williams College of Aurora University and her B.S. Degree in 1971 also from George Williams College of Aurora University. In 1996, she received her M.E. Degree from Plymouth State University.

Ellen lived in Claremont for many years before moving to Laconia where she lived for twenty-five years. She moved to New Hampton six years ago. From 1973-1975, she was a work adjustment counselor at the Sullivan County Rehabilitation Center, in Claremont. From 1979-1993 she held various accounting and middle management positions for several businesses in Laconia. Ellen then changed careers, going back to school to become a teacher. She was a substitute teacher in the Laconia/Gilford and Winnisquam School Districts between 1994 and 1997 and for the last 11 ? years, she was a social studies teacher at Winnisquam Regional High School. In 1996, Mrs. Barry was a Presenter at the Northeastern Anthropological Association Annual Meeting Ninth Annual Conference on New England Industrial Archeology. She had her State of New Hampshire Board of Education Certification in Social Studies and her State of New Hampshire Division of Historic Resources SCRAP Certification.

Ellen loved to read, play golf, work in her flower gardens and dote on her grandchildren. On her vacation travels, she would pencil sketch scenes of interest along the way.

Ellen was a member of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Laconia. She was a former parish committee president, treasurer and choir member. She was a member of the Winnisquam Teachers Association, National Education Association and a former member of the New Hampshire Association for Retarded Citizens, serving as treasurer from 1980-1983.

Mrs. Barry was a member of the Pemigewasset Choral Society, Plymouth, N.H. and a member of the Laconia Country Club and the Ladies Twilight League enjoying the competition and camaraderie. She was also a member of various socially responsive non-profit organizations such as the Society for the Protection New Hampshire Forests, Sierra Club, National Council for the Social Studies, Smithsonian Contributing Member, Planned Parenthood and Southern Poverty Law Foundation.

Ellen is survived by her husband, Robert Barry, of New Hampton; a daughter, Jessica L. Fleming, of Meredith; two sons, Nicholas E. Fleming and Matthew M. Fleming, both of Laconia; a stepdaughter, Jessica C. Barry, of Austin, Texas; three grandchildren, Kira Anthony, Ian M. Fleming and Asher Alijah Murphy; a brother, Arthur H. Luce, and his wife, Dorothy, of Claremont; a sister, Roberta L. Barry and her husband, John L., of Keene; three nieces and five nephews. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a sister, Florence Champney.

Calling hours will be held on Saturday, November 29, 2008 from 3:00-6:00PM at the Wilkinson-Beane Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N. H.

A Funeral Service will be held on Sunday, November 30, 2008 at 1:00PM at the Unitarian Universalist Society, 172 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N. H. Rev. Dena McPhetres will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Society for the Protection of NH Forests, 54 Portsmouth St., Concord, N.H. 03301.

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

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