Mary Ellen Penney


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Kingston, NH - Ms. Mary Ellen Penney, died peacefully at home in Wiggin Hall, Kingston, N.H. where she had lived for over 58 years. Born in Berlin, N.H. to Edward F. and Effie Wood Penney, she was the third of eight children. Raised in Gorham, N.H., Mary graduated from Gorham High School in 1949 as class valedictorian and went on to the University of New Hampshire, graduating in 1953 with a BA degree.
An intelligent, captivating and erudite young woman, Mary worked in Boston after college for the fledgling Polaroid Land Camera Company and practiced that emerging photographic technology on her relatives and at the ancestral family farm Broadacres in northern New Hampshire.
She became school librarian at the former Sanborn Seminary (now Sanborn Regional School) in Kingston in 1963 and received a Masters in Library Science from UNH in 1969. After 32 years of service to Sanborn Seminary, Mary retired and became librarian at the Nichols Public Library in Kingston.
She leaves behind a son, John Duncan Edgar of Kingston and Florida and his companion Kara; grandson Austin Edgar and his wife Heather and son Kaden, and grandson Cody Edgar, all of Florida; two brothers J. Peter Penney of Clovis, N.M. and Christopher R. Penney and wife Jane of Goffstown, N.H. and many nieces and nephews, sisters-in-law and friends who loved her greatly. She was predeceased by her parents Edward and Effie Penney and siblings David Penney, Francis Penney, Gordon Penney, James Penney and Susan Penney Martel in addition to her former husband Robert Edgar.
Memorial donations in her memory may be made to the Society for the Protection of NH Forests, 54 Portsmouth St., Concord, NH 03301 Please identify as Mary Penney-Broadacres Farm.
Published on October 25, 2018
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