Marilyn E. Ford, 76, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by love on January 9, 2022. She had a life well-lived and well-loved.
She was born on July 1,1945 in Franklin, the daughter of the late Maurice and Martha (Granai) Ford.
She began her career as a teacher in Salem, New Hampshire. Marilyn worked for many years for the State of New Hampshire, retiring in 1996. During her retirement, she worked part-time at several places including Danbury Elementary School, Andover Post Office, and Lake Farm Realty.
She grew up in Danbury and always considered it her home. She graduated from Bristol Memorial High School and received her degree in Education from Plymouth State College. One of her proudest achievements was being inducted this summer into the Newfound Athletics Hall of Fame as part of the 1959-1960 Girls Basketball Team. She’s probably one of the few five foot tall basketball players to be inducted!
She was an amazing mom, and many considered her their “second mom”. Above all, the most important thing in her life was family. She cherished family time and has left us with many happy memories of our times with her. The lights of her life were her grandchildren and she treasured her time with all of them. To some grandchildren, she was Mimi and to some she was Noni, but each one held a special place in her heart and received a silly nickname from her.
She is survived by her devoted husband Ray Laro, twin daughters Kara-Lee Bean (Jim) and Tiffany Hodges (Chris), brother Moe Ford, sister Maurine Calder, grandchildren Kyle Hodges, (fiancé Claire), Drew Hodges, Seth Bean (Maddy), Chandler Bean, Tyler Denney, Charlotte Denney, Cole Dickenson, Darby Laro, Chase Laro, Macie Kendrigan, Jada Kendrigan, Danielle Laro, and Hailey Laro. She is also survived by several adored nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Calling hours are on Saturday January 15, 2022, from 2 to 4 PM at Chadwick Funeral Home, 235 Main Street, New London. A time for sharing memories and remarks will be at 3:30 PM. Graveside services will be held in the spring in Eastman Cemetery, Sunapee.
The family would like to thank the staff at Lakes Region Visiting Nurse Association, especially Jenn, for their compassionate care that was such a comfort to all of us.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Lakes Region Visiting Nurse Association, 187 Waukewan Street, Meredith, NH 03253.