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

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.


8:30am • Meet at Lutheran Church of the Nativity, No Conway, NH
9am • Go out to project sites

  • Weatherstripping & sealing windows & doors
  • Stacking cords of firewood for neighbors
  • Winterizing homes
  • RSVP by calling Lutheran Church of the Nativity at 603.356.7827 to volunteer your time to help on one of these projects.
  • Refer projects to help neighbors in need by calling 603.356.7827.

Mon, Nov 4
9am & 5pm
Interested in helping homeless population in the valley? Come find out more about supporting the Way Station, either by working with our guests or helping to coordinate calendar of volunteers & other projects. Two options to tour facility, gain some hands-on training. RSVP to Rev Gail if planning to attend 9am, Mon, Nov 4 training or 5pm, Mon, Nov 4 training.

3pm • Sat, Nov 2
Jackson Public Library

  • Sign up online!
  • JCC has a team! Please let Fred Tompkins know if you’re planning to come as a member of our team(s). We may have to register more than one team!
  • Fun, prizes and possible socializing afterward!

to Bartlett & Jackson Neighbors
1-3pm • Sun, Dec 8

  • Please RSVP to the church if you’re available to go out and sing to neighbors (although last-minute volunteers are always welcome)
  • Song books provided, singing is acapella
  • Enthusiastic voices encouraged, no experience necessary
  • Open to children & families & adults of all ages
  • Dress to walk from cars to doors on muddy or snowy paths




3pm • Sun, Nov 3
Jackson Community Church

  • Directed by Rev Mary Edes
  • Performance by volunteer choir: Silver Lake Singers for Hospice & Healing (and tomfoolery, according to Rev Mary Edes)
  • Alternate earlier concert: 6pm, Fri, Nov 1 @  Little White Church, Eaton, NH
  • Donations at the door.

SONGS of the 50’s & 60’s
7pm • Fri, Nov 15
Jackson Community Church

Mountain Top Adult Singers’ Workshop presents a program of classics and oldies.

  • Alternate earlier concert: 2pm, Sun, Nov 10 @  Denmark Arts Center, Denmark, ME

Suggested donation at the door $10/person.

PEACE CONCERT with Dennis O’Neil & Davey Armstrong
4pm • Sun, Dec 8
Jackson Community Church

  • Come sing along
  • Enjoy peace songs from different eras and traditions with Dennis O’Neil & Davey Armstrong
  • Suggested donation $10/person.

Farewell to Jack Dunn

The family of Jack Dunn contacted Jackson friends to share the news that Jack died at 2pm on Saturday, August 10, surrounded by family. They gave permission to share this news, and we will pass along updates about services in the Exeter area as they are announced.

Jack was a “giant in our community” as Jackson friends Sam and Betsey Harding described him.  Patti and Jack moved from Jackson, NH to RiverWoods in Exeter, where they have enjoyed a vibrant life and Jack served on the community’s Board of Trustees. He was introduced to the RiverWoods community with the following brief biography:

“Patti and Jack Dunn moved to The Ridge at RiverWoods in 2015. They had lived in Jackson, NH for 25 years, during which time Jack was moderator of the Jackson Community Church and chaired the capital campaign committee that added a new parish hall. He served on the board of Fryeburg Academy, ME, and led two strategic planning committees. He and Patti have been board members and Jack was board chair of Mountain Top Music Center. Jack and Patti led a capital campaign that gave the school its first permanent home and a small endowment.

Jack was Executive Director of the Mount Washington Observatory from 1996 to 1998. From 1992 through 1995, he served as President of Dean College, a two-year private institution in Franklin, Massachusetts. In the late 1980s, Jack founded HEDS, a 125-school data-sharing consortium, to assist colleges and universities in planning, assessment, and management. He worked at Tufts University from 1969 through 1989 in various capacities. As Vice-President for Planning, he was involved in campus planning, fund-raising planning, major curriculum overhaul, and long-term strategic planning; he also staffed a number of key personnel searches.

After college, Jack spent two years in the U.S. Army and then went to work for the Budd Company in Philadelphia, Detroit, Gary, and Buenos Aires, the last as Vice-President and General Manager of Armetal, S.A.C.I., Budd’s manufacturing operation in Argentina. Mr. Dunn is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Wesleyan University (BA, 1956) and of Harvard (EdM, 1970). He has written and lectured on higher education topics and consulted with several colleges as well as serving on the boards of Dean College, Wesleyan University, the Association for Institutional Research, EDUCOM, and the Society for College and University Planning.”

Jack and Patti are both beloved figures in Jackson, NH and remain an integral part of the story of Jackson’s faith community, as well as the whole village and the wider valley. Jack will be deeply missed.