Here is the biography shared by her family: Mary Francoise Paul Howe of Jackson, NH died suddenly on December 4, 2019 at a youthful 84 years old.
  Mary was born on September 5, 1935 in Philadelphia, PA. Her parents had immigrated to the US from Normandy, France the year before her birth. During WWII they moved to Montreal, Canada. When Mary was a teenager the family moved to Denver, CO. She attended Kent Denver Country Day School for Girls, where she was a member of International Relations Club with her friend and classmate, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. After graduating, she attended Pembroke College in Providence, RI.    In her 20s, Mary was living in Cambridge, MA and joined friends on trips to Overlook, the Howe family summer home, in Jackson, NH, where she met John Howe. They discovered a shared passion for fly-fishing, went out fly-fishing together, and fell in love.    They married in Ann Arbor, MI in 1961. In marrying John, Mary gained two stepsons, Andrew and Nathaniel. Daughter Catherine (Cuppy) was born the following September. They moved to Fairbanks, AK, where John worked on early weather satellite research. Mary took classes at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks, including silver working. In 1965, they moved to Annapolis, MD, where daughter Lucy was born. Next they moved to Acton, MA where John worked for GE on early nuclear submarine development. In 1969 John and Mary decided to return to Jackson and live year-round at Overlook, while John worked as an engineer at the Mount Washington Observatory until his retirement.    Mary began raising sheep, chickens, pigs and other animals and had expansive and chaotic vegetable gardens. She encouraged her daughters to participate in all of these endeavors. Cuppy and Lucy also remember many messy finger painting projects on the kitchen floor in their underpants. The family frequently hiked in the Presidential Range and sailed off the coast of Maine. Mary loved to travel and was lucky enough to have friends and family who were willing to take care of her daughters while she went off on adventures.    Once her daughters left home, Mary got involved in local politics. She was on the school board and the conservation board. She was part of a local bird watching group. John retired in 1988 and they bought and refurbished Vixen,an old wooden sailboat. They lived aboard for several years, sailing between Maine and the Bahamas, their grand adventure. It was at this time Mary began painting.    In recent years, Mary was active in the Jackson arts community and her painting career flourished. She was an early supporter of the Tin Mountain Conservation Center and an avid birder. She was also a member of a French Club and the Jackson Community Church and its poetry group. Her most recent passion was learning to play classical guitar.    Aside from her husband, John, she leaves behind her sister Annick Paul Lopez, daughters, Catherine (Cuppy) and her husband, Dick Gordon, of Wellesley, MA; and Lucy and her husband, Reese Hersey, of East Calais, VT; as well as her stepsons, Andrew Howe and his wife, Gay, of Jackson, NH; and Nathaniel Howe and his wife, Pamela Hitchcock, of Belfast, ME. Additionally, she leaves her seven adored grandchildren, Whitney and Spencer Howe; Molly Howe and her husband, Jake Newton; John (Gus), Charlie, and Sam Gordon; and Ogden (Noggo) Hersey.    A service will be held at the Jackson Community Church Saturday, December 21 at 2:00. All are welcome. Donations can be made in her memory to Tin Mountain Conservation Center, Albany, NH at tinmountain.org

THIS WEEKEND: Thurs, Dec 5 – Sun, Dec 8

THURS, Dec 5

  • YOGA with Anjali Rose
    9am • Parish House/Jackson Community Church
    10:30am • Sanctuary/Jackson Community Church.
    Volunteers help decorate and “green” the sanctuary by setting up Christmas tree, garlands, wreaths and other Advent and Christmas-related items.
  • Community Event: STORY HOUR with CHIEF PERLEY
    10:30am • Jackson Public Library
  • Community Service: WAY STATION HOURS
    9am & 5pm • Way Station, 15 Grove St, No Conway
    Volunteers from JCC work “adult hour” shifts at Way Station.

FRI, Dec 6

    7-9am • J-Town Deli
    Come by for a chat. Or arrange a separate time to meet and talk and walk with Rev Gail by calling/texting her cell (978.273.0308) or emailing.
    10am – 11:30am • Jackson Community Church
    Come by for a chat. Or arrange a separate time to meet and talk and walk with Rev Gail by calling/texting her cell (978.273.0308) or emailing.
    Noon • Brown Church, Conway Village
    The White Mountain String Quartet – Bozena O’Brien, Larry Blaine, Chris Nourse and Doug Kendall. Free, donations to support the renovation of the Majestic are gratefully accepted. More info.

SAT, Dec 7

    Multiple Times • Nestlenook Farm
    Contact Jackson Chamber of Commerce for more info re available tickets. 603-383-9356
  • Community Event: CRAFT FAIR for JGS
    9am – 3pm • Whitney Community Center
    Jackson Grammar School’s annual craft fair!
    10am-Noon • Tin Mountain Conservation Center, Albany
    Join kids craft maven Kathy Bowie for this fun winter project. Participants will sew, stuff, and decorate their own woodland gnome ornament. Great as a gift or to keep! Designed for children age 6-12. Call 447-6991. Program & Material Fee: $10

SUN,  Dec 8 – ADVENT 2

    8am • Old Red Library
    Come for poetry, prayer and conversation.
    9am • Parish House, 1st Floor
    Craft and lesson for first Sunday of Advent. Theme: Peace.
  • WORSHIP: Peace
    10:30am • Jackson Community Church
    * Message: Silence & Song
    * Special music: Austin Hunter & Gia Osborne
    * Instrumentalist: Alan Labrie
    12:45pm – Meet at church / 1-3pm – Caroling  • Jackson/Bartlett
    Community caroling to neighbors in Jackson and Bartlett.
  • PEACE CONCERT with Dennis O’Neil & Davey Armstrong
    4pm • Jackson Community Church
    Concert by Dennis O’Neil & Davey Armstrong with themes of peace. Includes music from many nations and eras, including favorite tunes by artists such as  Beatles and Bob Marley. Free; donations gratefully accepted.
  • Community Event: DOMINIQUE DODGE in CONCERT
    5pm • Jackson Public Library
    Harp music by Dominique Dodge.
    Mulitple times • Nestlenook Farm
    Contact Jackson Chamber of Commerce for more info re any available tickets: 603-383-9356

Sudden Sad News: MARY HOWE


Mary Howe

With the family’s permission, we share the sudden and sorrowful news that Mary Howe died today, Wed, Dec 4th. She received immediate medical care, but died shortly after the initial medical emergency. Her family is helping to support her husband John and making decisions about next steps.

We will share more information about arrangements and the family’s wishes as those become available. We grieve Mary’s loss; she has been a much-loved presence in the village, valley and our faith community. She has always been a lively presence in conversations and gatherings, with her sense of humor, keen intellect, compassionate heart, action-oriented approach to life, artists’s eye, and her gift for curiosity and engagement.