Amy Murial Lawrence Alberts, 86, of Kingston, NH passed away on January 24 at The Arbors of Bedford with support from Brookhaven Hospice in Bedford, NH. She leaves behind four children, Deborah Isenberg of Durham, Kathy Petts of Bedford, Jay Alberts of Kingston and Michael Alberts of Lisbon. She was predeceased by her husband of 61 years, Alfred Joseph Alberts in 2007. She had 10 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.
Amy was born on October 16, 1926 in Teaneck, NJ, the daughter of Leslie Howard and Amy Bentley Lawrence. Although studious and a voracious reader, the onset of WW II led her to New York City to work as a typist at the age of 16. She met her future husband at a local swimming hole the day after he volunteered for the draft. She and Alfred eloped and married in Rocky Mount North Carolina on December 4, 1945 when Al was on active duty in the US Navy. While raising their children in Parsippany, NJ she supported her husband as he pursued his degree in electrical engineering after the war.
She and her family settled in Kingston in 1957 where she enjoyed the perpetual restoration of her 1704 colonial farm house. During her child-raising years Amy was an active community member serving on the PTA, as a school mother volunteer, Cub and Girl Scout den mother. She was the director of the Exeter Players Association utilizing both local and Phillips Exeter Academy student talent bringing to life many classics including, 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,' 'Bus Stop' and 'Guys and Dolls.' She established and operated the 'Next to New Shop' from the back of her home offering donated clothing as a community service with proceeds to fund local charitable projects.
In later years she co-chaired the 'Envision Kingston' community project designed to create a guide for future growth of the town.
While serving as the admissions director of Hale Hospital in Haverhill, MA during the mid-60's, Amy recognized the need to offer more bed space for new patients as many of those treated remained infirmed due to the lack of affordable and available home health care.
She approached the United Fund in 1968, to become appointed as the founder and Executive Director of the non-profit Homemaker-Home Health Service of Greater Haverhill employing a staff of 2. The agency became Medicare certified in 1986 and by 1992 became known as Home Health Visiting Nurses Association with an office on Merrimack Street bearing the slogan, 'The Agency with a Heart.' She was subsequently appointed by Governor Michael Dukakis to the Massachusetts Council on Aging in 1986.
Realizing the need to retain affordable community health care as a non-profit entity versus competing for-profit agencies she orchestrated the merger of VNA HomeCare of Lawrence with HHVNA to become the second largest non-profit visiting nurses association in the state of Massachusetts known as Home Health VNA, Merrimack Valley Hospice, HomeCare, Inc. employing over 800 people.
Considering her mission complete she retired as President and CEO in 1997 to travel with her husband while enjoying her ever expanding close-knit family who gathered at her home in celebration of holidays, weddings, summer pool parties and any Friday night, end of the week spontaneous drop-ins.
A memorial service in celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, February 2 at the Phillips Church on Tan Lane in Exeter, NH at 10 AM.
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