Kingston, New Hampshire - Faith M. Hume.
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our beloved mother Faith M. Hume. She passed away peacefully at her home on November 19, 2018 surrounded by her loving family as she had wished. Faith was born on February 24, 1939 and was the daughter of the late Albina and William McLaughlin. Faith married James O.W. Hume and together they had six children; Ellen, James, Lesley-Ann, Christine, David and Paul.
Faith was a proud Cantabrigian. She grew up in Cambridge and was a graduate of both the Putman School and Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School. She was very fortunate that she knew very early in her life that she wanted to be a nurse and care for people. She graduated from the Cambridge City Hospital School of Nursing in 1959 and was always grateful for their wonderful training and the lifelong friendships she formed with her classmates. She enjoyed a fifty year nursing career which included working in hospitals and nursing homes in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Many times she was stopped while out and about by former patients or their family members and once again thanked for her care and kindness. It was not unusual for her to bring a patient a new outfit, favorite treat, book or arrange for someone to visit who shared a similar interest. She loved spending time with young children especially infants. She was the original "baby whisperer", helping many young mothers through the early years with their children.
Faith moved to Kingston in 1970 with her husband and children. She was a member of the St. Frederick's and Mary, Mother of the Church community. She was a fixture at every school event involving her children and grandchildren. She was always the mother that took the stranded classmate home. Faith cooked Sunday dinners and hosted the annual family party to get our large extended family together regularly. She was very intelligent, a keen observer, and had incredible insight into what other people needed even before they realize it. She was never too busy to listen. Faith was always positive and found the goodness in everyone she met. She loved spending time in her garden, picking blueberries, attending local fairs, gathering autumn leaves, shoveling snow, observing the local wildlife and taking long walks along her property on Pow Wow Pond or at the beach. She loved Tony Bennet more than Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald over everyone. While growing up she sang in many choirs and later enjoyed attending the Sanborn School District's drama and musical performances to encourage and support the arts programs.
Faith subscribed to The Boston Globe for sixty years and through her correspondence as the "Honey Dipper" in the Confidential Chat column she formed new friendships, found a new way to help others and most importantly acquired the recipe for our extended family's favorite dessert "Congo Bars".
Faith demonstrated her love for her family, friends and patients every day. Faith lived her life treating everyone with respect and dignity, and by offering kindness and a soothing hand where it was needed. The family celebrated Faith's 70th birthday in 2009 and at the end of that wonderful day she declared, "If you are lucky enough to have a wonderful family like me - you have a good life. Good Family-Good Friends." Pope John 23rd said, "Don't go through life without leaving worthy evidence of your passage". Those that knew and loved Faith can testify that she did just that.
Mum, you have always been the center of our family and our strength. It is your love and faith that has always sustained us. We have learned so much from you. Although these last few months have been difficult we were blessed that you remained your true self, able to recognize us and express your love to the end. It is clear that your strong faith and sheer will helped you teach us one last lesson, how to die with grace and dignity. We will dearly miss your presence but we know that you will always be by our side. We are grateful that at last your heart and mind are at peace.
Faith was predeceased by her beloved husband James, who passed away in 1980 and her grandson James Dawson Hume who passed away in 2016. She is survived by her daughter Ellen Hume-Howard and her husband Christopher, son James, daughters Lesley-Ann and Christine, son David and his wife Melissa and son Paul. Faith leaves her much loved grandchildren; grandson Josh Howard and his wife Ariele, granddaughters Lindsey Rose Howard, Erika Hume, Taylor, Alyssa and Paige Hume, Alison and Amanda Melo.
In addition to her parents, Faith was predeceased by her brothers, David, Brian, Mark and her sister Barbara. She is survived by her beloved brother William McLaughlin and his wife Patricia of Lynnwood, WA, as well as her aunt Jean Venti, Arlington, MA, numerous nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends.
A funeral Mass will be held on Saturday December 1, 2018 at 10 am at Mary, Mother of the Church, 12 Amesbury Road, Newton, NH followed by a gathering at her daughter Ellen's home at 23 New Boston Rd, Kingston, NH. A private burial service will be held at the family plot in Milton Mills, NH at a later date. Brewitt Funeral Home, located at 14 Pine St., Exeter, NH, is assisting with arrangements. For more information, please visit www.brewittfuneralhome.com.
We will be planting Mum's favorite flowers, a red maple and some tomatoes plants in her garden in the spring. Mum's death was due to complications relating to Alzheimer's Disease so in lieu of flowers if you would like to make a donation in Mum's memory we would be honored if you would consider one of the following charities or join a Alzheimer's Walk event:
The Women's Alzheimer's Movement. You can donate to support research at the following website: http://mariashriver.com/alzheimers/. Did you know that Every 65 seconds, a new brain develops Alzheimer's. Two-thirds belong to women and no one knows why.
Savvy Caregiver's Class. Frisbie Memorial Hospital, 11 Whitehall Road, Rochester, NH 03867. Attention: Anne Marie Olsen-Hayward. Living Alzheimer's and becoming a caregiver for a family member can be overwhelming. Frisbie offers a wonderful 6 week class for caregivers. Please make a note that the donation is for the Kingston Savvy Caregiver's Classes which we hope to hold in the 2019.
Our family would like to extend our sincere gratitude to our care team at the Rockingham VNA and Hospice; Linda Braley, Tracey Cerretani, Katherine Botticelli, and Victoria Londergan. The care and support you provided to our mother and family over these many months was invaluable and made this difficult experience more bearable.