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BRENTWOOD, NH- Lois Ann (Stevens) Hatch Passed Peacefully in Brentwood, N.H. on January 19th, 2018. A lifelong resident of Seacoast N.H.
Lois was born on July 11, 1929 in Kingston, NH at the family homestead Red Gate Farm, to Edward J. Stevens and Annie Locke Stevens. Lois had many fond memories growing up on the farm with her sister and brothers. The farm has stayed within her immediate family and remained a central gathering place throughout her life.
Lois graduated from Sanborn Seminary Valedictorian and attended Bentley School of Accounting and Finance in Boston, where she met her life- long dear friend and future cousin by marriage,
Betty Stevens. She graduated in 1950 at the top of her class and entered a career in accounting as Business Manager at Phillips Exeter Academy prior to starting her family. Lois welcomed motherhood and was a loving devoted parent. She loved being a grandmother and called her grandchildren her pride and joy; she filled their childhood with imaginative play, artwork, reading, laughter, chocolate chip cookies and countless wonderful memories.
Her devotion to religion was reflected in her participation in the work of the church at the North Hampton United Church of Christ, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Exeter and lastly at the Pilgrim United Church of Christ in Brentwood. She served on the Peace and Justice Committeewith thoughtfulness and enthusiasm. In recent years when Lois was no longer able to serve, she was honored by the title " Peace and Justice Committee Emeritus." She was a life long activist for peace and justice, belonging to NH Peace Action, participated in anti-war demonstrations, and promoted erecting a Peace Pole at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Exeter, N.H.
Lois had a deep appreciation for nature and she shared the beauty saw in her New England surrounding through her water color paintings that were admired in local galleries and cherished by friends and family.
Together with fellow seacoast artists, she helped start the Seacoast Artist Association and held positions of president, treasurer, and program chairwoman; they organized shows, demonstrations, and eventually they created a gallery.
Lois tended to her relationships as she did her gardens, with patience and great care; she brought love,
kindness and unwavering support to those she cherished.
Lois was preceded in death by her siblings, Larry Stevens, Dorothy Thomas, and her late husband Randall Hatch. She is survived by her brother, Alan Stevens, loving children, Robert Gilman, Brenda Gilman, Courtney Gilman along with their partners, Kaisa Maback, Bob Comeford and Cindy Conley, and by her grandchildren, Nathan Gilman, Hannah Gilman Mixter, Casey Gilman, Travis Comeford, and Ethan Comeford.
Lois was deeply loved by many who will continue to hold her close through cherished memories.
A celebration of life service will be held on February 3, 2018 at 10 a.m. at the Pilgrim United Church of Christ of Brentwood, 197 Middle Rd. Brentwood, NH 03833. In lieu of flowers donations are welcome to the Brentwood UCC Food Pantry, 197 Middle Rd. Brentwood, NH 03833.
A celebration of life will be held at 10 a.m. on Feb. 3, 2018 at Pilgrim Church of Christ Brentwood, 197 Middle Rd, Brentwood, NH 03833, United States.
Published on January 31, 2018
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