Mary Jean (Aldridge) Snell passed away peacefully on November 9, 2023 after a brief illness. She had recently become a resident of the Mountain Ridge Center in Franklin, NH. Prior to that, she lived for two years at the Golden Crest Senior Living Community in Franklin.
Born to Francis Wilson Aldridge and Louise Mae (Dana) Aldridge on October 9, 1942, Mary grew up in Bartlett, NH with her younger sister, Lois Mae (Aldridge) Howard. She attended Kennett High School in Conway, where she was a member of the Kennett Keys Academic Society. After graduating from Kennett in 1960, Mary went to Cambridge Business School in Boston, MA, earning an Executive Secretarial Degree in 1961.
As an adult, Mary worked as a secretary, as a bookkeeper, and in medical billing. She lived in several NH towns, including North Conway and Wilton, eventually settling in Rochester in 1983 to be near her family. She continued to work in various office environments until her retirement.
Mary loved the ocean, lighthouses, cats, and music. She enjoyed reading, writing, attending the First Baptist Church of Greater Rochester, and spending time with family. Mary was especially proud of her work with the Foster Grandparent Program in the Rochester School District, where she volunteered at Chamberlain Street School. She loved helping the students with their school work and supporting their education.
In addition to many grand nieces and nephews, Mary leaves behind her nieces, Jody (Howard) Girouard of Plymouth, NH, Lisa Howard of Laconia, NH, Sara Howard of Sanbornville, NH, and Kelly (Howard) Smith of Middleton, NH. She is predeceased by her parents and her beloved sister, Lois.
ARRANGEMENTS: Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service in Mary's honor at the Glen Community Baptist Church in Glen, NH at 11:00 am on Saturday, December 2, 2023. Light refreshments will be served. Assisting the family with arrangements is the Cremation Society of NH, Boscawen. To view Mary's Online Tribute, send condolences to the family, or for more information, visit www.csnh.com.