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KINGSTON, N.H. — Laura P. (Irwin) Irvine, 87, died on Friday, Dec. 10, 2010 in Exeter, surrounded by family and loved ones.

She was born on Jan. 2, 1923 in Waterloo, PQ, Canada, the daughter of the late Felix Johnson Irwin and Hildred Elizabeth (Reed) Irwin. They immigrated to the United States settling in Wilmington, in August 1923. After graduating from Wilmington High School, she worked in Boston for the Brokers Employees Liability Insurance Company.

On March 3, 1945, Laura married her high school sweetheart, Wendell J. Irvine in the Wilmington Methodist Church. In this marriage of 63 years, their family grew to include five children, Wendy J. (and late husband David) Baker of Newton, N.H., William J. (and wife Jean) Irvine of Alton, N.H., Linda R. (and husband Bruce) Melville of Plaistow, N.H., Laura R. (and husband James) Stevens of Kingston, N.H., and Susan J. (and husband Harold) Poor of Merrimac, Mass.; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A long-time resident of Kingston, N.H., she also resided many years in Newton and Raymond, N.H., and had lived for the last two years with her daughter, Laurie and son-in-law, Jim in Kingston. She was predeceased by her husband, Rev. Wendell J. Irvine and her three brothers, William K., John R. and Edward J. Irwin. In addition to her children and grandchildren, she is survived by her sister, Audrey Riddle of Wilmington; and two sisters-in-law, Marion Irwin of Brookline, N.H., and Dorothy Irwin of Moultonboro, N.H., and many nieces and nephews.

In October of 1947, the couple accepted a call to Brentwood Congregational Church, in 1951 to the Kingston First Congregational Church, in 1957 to the Newton First Christian Church, and in 1975, back to the Kingston First Congregational Church. Laura was definitely the church administrator, doing all the typing of bulletins and programs, and coordinating all appointments until their retirement in 1988. Laura also worked at Northland Forest Products in Kingston, retiring at age 70. She was also a long-time member of Corinthian- Queen Esther Chapter 23 of the Eastern Star.

ARRANGEMENTS: A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Dec. 18, at 11 a.m. at the First Congregational Church of Kingston, N.H., located on 6 Church St. Rev. Dr. David Thomas will officiate the service. Private internment services will be held in the Greenwood Cemetery in Kingston. Brewitt Funeral Home, 14 Pine St., Exeter, N.H. is handling the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Wendell and Laura Irvine Hospitality and Music Fund of the First Congregational Church, c/o Kay Leclair & Judy Hunter, PO Box 203, Kingston, NH 03848. For more information, please visit www.brewittfuneralhome.com.
Published on  December 23, 2010
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