Winona F. Anketell

January 15, 1925December 9, 2011

Winona Ford Anketell, 86, died Friday, December 9, 2011 at Concord Hospital following a period of declining health.

She was born in Holderness on January 15, 1925, the daughter of William F. and Hattie (Weeks) Ford. She attended elementary school in Holderness and graduated from Plymouth High School in 1941. She earned a Bachelors Degree in Education from Plymouth Teachers College in 1945, attended the University of North Carolina and received a Masters Degree in Education from the University of New Hampshire in 1968.

She taught in elementary schools in Bridgewater, Center Harbor, Holderness, Woodstock and Concord. She was also an elementary school library supervisor in Concord when she retired in 1975 due to ill health.

She was a member of the First Congregational Church in Concord and a life member of New Hampshire Retired Education Association, the National Education Association and the N.E.A. – New Hampshire.

She was an avid reader and enjoyed her family, house plants, flowers and pets. She considered herself blessed by her wonderful Rolfe Street area neighbors.

Winona was predeceased by her husband, Eugene in 2004; 3 brothers, Henry, Joseph and Robert Ford and six sisters; Violet Ford, Lillian Spencer, Vera Gilpatrick, Myra Tucker, Rebekah Clevenson and Hester Fountaine.

Survivors include a son, Joseph Brown of Leominster, MA; three granddaughters, three great granddaughters and several nieces and nephews.

A chapel service will be held at 11:30 A.M. on Friday, December 16, 2011 at the chapel in New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Assn., 2 Wall Street, Manchester, NH 03101; the Athritis Foundation, Northern Chapter, 6 Chennell Drive, Concord, NH 03301 or to the CRVNA Hospice Program, 30 Pillsbury Street, Concord, NH 03301.

The Bennett Funeral Home of Concord is in charge of the arrangements.

Messages of condolence may be offered at

Arrangements under the direction of Bennett Funeral Home, Concord, NH.


  • Committal Service Friday, December 16, 2011

Winona F. Anketell

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Patricia Mandrey Edwards

December 16, 2011

My love and sympathy to Mrs. Anketell's family. She was a very special person who I thought the world of. She will always have a special place in my heart.

Linda Quade

December 13, 2011

Winona was always a kind and thoughtful person to me and my daughter Kerry (their grandaughter). She will surely be missed but we know that she is at peace now. To all of you who helped her over the years, especially since Gene passed away, we are grateful. Although we cannot travel to join the service, Winona you will always remain in our hearts.

December 13, 2011

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family and so sorry to hear of your loss. We loved your Mom and enjoyed her as our neighbor on Rolfe Street for so many years. She will be remembered in many fond ways and felt blessed to have known such a wonderful lady! With Love,
Mark, Kimmi, Brianna & Benjamin Durgin (Rolfe Street Neighbors - Penacook, NH)

American Heart Association

December 13, 2011

May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with your loved one comfort you and your family, today and always.

Ann Lowery

December 12, 2011

Winona was a good friend of mine while we traveled in the same library circles. Sad to say I lost touch with her when I left Concord. My thoughts and prayers go to her family members. Ann Lowery