Janet MacAllister Hounsell, 82, of Conway died on September 3, 2009 in Auburn, ME. Born October 2, 1926 in Canaan, VT, the daughter of Vonley T. and Rose Charest McAllister, she graduated from Lancaster Academy, Lancaster, NH and was employed as a telegrapher by the Western Union Tel. Co. before her marriage.
She worked as a reporter-photographer for the now defunct North Conway Reporter from 1971 to 1983, when she retired. She also reported for and wrote a column for the Laconia Evening Citizen for several years.
In her late years, she reported the Conway news and popular "Geezer" items for the Conway Daily Sun; her "I See by the Paper" appeared weekly in the Carroll County Independent. And Hill and Vales Tales" in the Berlin Reporter.
She self-published a soft cover book, "Middle Age Spread" in the 1970's. In 1998 she completed "Conway, NH, 1765-1997" for the Horne Book Committee of the Conway Historical Society. She was a member and officer of that organization for many years. She spent a great deal of time making spreadsheets of the graduates of Kennett High School 1924 through 2003 yearbooks, as well as listing births, deaths and marriages within Conway for the Conway Public Library's archives.
She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Carl W. (Berk) Hounsell of Conway; son Ted C. Hounsell and daughter-in-law Janice Locklin Hounsell of Conway and daughter Carla Marie McAllister of New Gloucester, ME. She is also survived by beloved granddaughter Samantha L. Hounsell of North Conway and step granddaughters, Shawne Smith Bremges of RI and Tracy Smith of Portland, ME
There will be a celebration of Janet's life at a time to be announced.
Donations may be sent to the Conway Historical Society, P.O. Box 1949, Conway, NH 03818 or the Conway Public Library in Conway in Janet's memory.
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