She continued to make annual trips to Europe until her mid- 80s. Alone, with just a small backpack and a Eurail pass, she indulged her passion for medieval culture by exploring castles, cathedrals and museums all over Western Europe. She would stay at cheap hotels or visit with friends, washing her clothes at night and departing the next day for a new destination. She particularly enjoyed an adventurous solo trip she made in her late 70s to parts of Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia and Hungary, countries where she did not know any of the languages.
Widowed in her 50s, she was unfailingly polite and proudly self-reliant, living alone until she was 96. In Andover, she enjoyed reading and occasional lunches with friends. She would walk two miles daily. She became a kind, doting “Momish” for her grandchildren, Jack, Tim and Nell Fitts, and a good friend to her daughter-in-law. She was very close to her late daughter, Deborah, and enjoyed excursions with Deb and Deb’s husband, Clark Hall, to places such as Manhattan, Washington, Rome and London.
She was predeceased by her husband; her daughter; her sisters, Lydia Hobbs and Nina Stanley, and her brother, Glentworth, of Connecticut; and many friends. She is survived by her son, Daniel, and his wife, Kathleen, of Haverhill and their children, and by many cousins, nieces and nephews.
ARRANGEMENTS: A private burial will take place in the spring, with arrangements by the Kevin B. Comeau Funeral Home of Haverhill. Donations in her memory may be made to the ACLU of Massachusetts or to Merrimack Valley Hospice, which provided her with loving care for nearly a year. Please visit Comeau Funeral Home on Facebook, or www.comeaufuneral.com.