Constance Elizabeth Brown Lovell
Constance Elizabeth Brown Lovell died Friday, March 1, 2019 at RiverWoods in Exeter, N.H. She was 97 years old.
Connie was born March 5, 1921 in Providence, R.I., the daughter of the late Wendell Stimpson Brown and Elizabeth Daboll Brown of Edgewood, R.I. She was the fourth and last surviving of her parents' eight children. They were a family well-known for sailing on Narragansett Bay in their 25-foot catboat, “Elizabeth.”
As a girl, she was active in church and Mariner Scouting, earning the Girl Scouts' highest award, the Golden Eaglet. She played basketball and tennis. She hiked in the White Mountains with her family, climbing Mount Washington 10 times and once sleeping in the Tip Top House at the summit.
Connie graduated from Cranston High School and Rhode Island State College (now the University of Rhode Island) with a double major in nutrition and early childhood education. As a student, she was a member of the Sachems and the Sigma Kappa sorority. After college, she worked as a teacher for several years at Stamford Day Nursery in Connecticut.
As a member of the Appalachian Mountain Club, she met her husband Raymond Kemp Lovell of Abington, Mass. during an August camp in the Adirondacks Mountains of New York. They were married on June 26, 1948. They lived briefly in Abington, Mass., and later in Hanover, Mass., Hudson, N.Y., and Boxford, Mass. before retiring to RiverWoods in Exeter, N.H. in 1994.
Connie worked as a substitute teacher and tutor in New York and Massachusetts. She volunteered as a Cub Scout den mother, a Girl Scout leader, and as a Sunday school teacher. At home, she helped her husband build two houses, and tended vegetable and flower gardens. Enjoying sewing and knitting, she made curtains, clothes and costumes.
Her adventures included skating, skiing, camping and canoeing with her growing family. In later years, Connie and Ray enjoyed sailing out of Manchester Harbor, often filling their sloop "Quest" with friends and family for local sails or cruising the New England shoreline for weeks at a time. She took special pleasure in family gatherings, and spearheaded two Brown family reunions, a Lovell family reunion and numerous local family celebrations.
At RiverWoods, Connie enjoyed walking, writing and telling stories of her life, knitting mittens hats and blankets for local school programs, serving on RiverWoods resident council, volunteering with Girl Scout events and at Strawbery Banke in Portsmouth, N.H. She was an active member of the First Congregational Church in Kingston, N.H.
Connie was pre-deceased by her husband in 2007, and by her second son Raymond K. Lovell Jr. in 2001. She was also predeceased by her brothers Stimpson Brown and his wife Jane; Edmund Brown and his wife Barbara; Roger Brown; John Brown and his ex-wife Fran; Charles Brown and his wife Betty; and by her sisters Genevieve Chapin and Marjorie Aldrich.
She is survived by her children: Thomas Lovell of Beverly, Mass., daughter-in-law Anne Lovell of Sandy, Utah, Peter Lovell and his wife Donna of Hollis, Maine, and Elizabeth Kuczun and her husband Carl of Rowley, Mass.; by her grandchildren Jacob Lovell and his wife Cara of Napa, Calif., Elizabeth Seeley and her husband Jeremy of Sandy, Utah, Louisa Lovell of Arlington, Mass., Lydia Stewart and her husband Aaron of Albany Calif., Benjamin Lovell of Saco Maine, Mary Egan and her husband Dean of Arlington, Mass., Ben Lovell of Hollis, Maine, Adam Lovell of Hollis, Maine, Dr. Jack Lovell and his wife Nicole of Kensington, Md., Amanda Dunn and her husband Asher of Los Angeles, Calif., Thomas Kuczun and his wife Samantha of Salisbury, Mass.; and by her great grandchildren Ethan, Abigail and Asher of Sandy Utah, Fiona and Beckett of Albany, Calif., and Riley Rae of Salisbury, Mass.
She is also survived by two brothers-in-law: Charles Chapin and his wife Kaye and Steve Aldrich and his wife Sandy; and two sisters-in-law: Janet Brown and Sandy Brown.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, March 15, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at RiverWoods in the Great Bay Room, 7 RiverWoods Drive, Exeter, N.H. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to a charity of one's choice.