Elizabeth Marden Hyde
August 22, 1924 – January 26, 2011
Elizabeth (Betty) Marden Hyde of North Woodstock, NH, passed away surrounded by her loved ones on Wednesday, January 26, 2011, at the Lafayette Center in Franconia. She was 86.
Born August 22, 1924 to Frederic T. and Mary L. Marden of Lincoln, NH, she graduated from Colby Junior (now Colby-Sawyer) College in 1944, after which she moved to Hanover to coordinate the volunteer services at the hospital. It was in Hanover that she met John Livingston Hyde, whom she married on June 1, 1946. After living in Vermont and Connecticut, they settled in Concord, NH, where they raised their four daughters.
In 1986 Betty and John moved back to the White Mountains, where from the living room she enjoyed the ever-changing views of her beloved Franconia Range. Passionate about local history, she became a founding member of the Upper Pemigewasset Historical Society, preserving the heritage of the North Country.
Betty left a trail beauty wherever she went, in whatever she did. She was a gifted craftswoman, skilled in the arts of early American tray painting, stenciling, sewing, knitting, lampshade making, tinsel painting, and jewelry-making. She was an avid gardener and loved to cook and bake as well as read. She was a homemaker in the truest sense of the world, making the family home a place of beauty, warmth and welcome.
She leaves her husband, John, of North Woodstock; daughters Jane Malone of Keene, NH; Sara Eidenbach of High Rolls, NM; Elisabeth (Didi) Hyde of Boulder, CO; and Suzanne Winn of Dalton, NH. She also leaves eight grandchildren living in New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Colorado, Arizona, California, and Finland, as well as a niece in Pittsburg, PA, and a nephew in Danville, CA.
Funeral services will be private. A public celebration of her life will be held in May, on further notice. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Upper Pemigewasset Historical Society, 26 Church St., PO Box 863, Lincoln, NH, 03251.