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SANDOWN, N.H. — Mrs. Dorothy E. "Dot" (Love) Drowne, 89, a native and lifelong resident of Sandown, died Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010 at Colonial Poplin Nursing Home in Fremont.

Daughter of the late Bernard and Edith (Danforth) Love, she graduated as Valedictorian of the Raymond High School Class of 1940, where she was a member of the girl's basketball team. As a young woman, Mrs. Drowne worked as a domestic aid to a Massachusetts family, and later worked in the packing room of Drowne Orchards.

During World War II, she was employed at General Electric Co. and later at Sears, Roebuck and Company in Haverhill and finally as a book-keeper at RC Hazelton Construction Equipment in Manchester, from where she retired in 1980 after 20 years of service. A member of St. Matthew's Church in Sandown, Mrs. Drowne was active in the town as a 4-H leader, former president of the PTA, a ballot clerk and volunteer at the Sandown Library.

She and her late husband were instrumental in the establishment of the Sandown Little League. She was also a member of the Sandown 60+ Club, The Ransford Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star, and the Sandown Grange. A devoted mother and grandmother, she enjoyed gardening and reading and was a past recipient of the Sandown Citizen of the Year Award.

The wife of Fred L. Drowne, who died in 1963, she is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Richard and Norma Drowne, and David and Kathleen Drowne, all of Sandown; grandchildren, David F. Drowne, Wayne W. Britton and Keith A. Britton, all of Sandown, and Sarah Surrette of Chester; and great-grandchildren, Rosalie, Wyatt and Dylan. She was predeceased by her brother, Allen Love.

ARRANGEMENTS: Relatives and friends may call on Friday, Oct. 29, 2010 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Brookside Chapel & Funeral Home, 116 Main St., Route 121A, Plaistow. Her funeral will take place at 1 p.m. at the funeral home, with burial to follow in Center Cemetery, Sandown.
Published on  November 4, 2010
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