Fannie Mildred Guion

December 15, 1925April 6, 2021

Fannie Mildred (Pike) Guion, of Swanzey, NH died on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 after a long and full life. She was born in Bridgeport, CT on December 15, 1925. She graduated from Harding High School in Bridgeport in 1942 and received a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Wellesley College in 1946. After receiving her degree, she worked at Handy & Harmon, a precious metals refining company in Bridgeport. She was an active member of her church and often taught Bible classes. She had a beautiful soprano voice and sang in a community chorus. It was there she caught the notice of Cedric Guion, of neighboring Trumbull, whom she married on New Year’s 1957. From that point on, they were lifetime soulmates.

Seeking respite from the congestion and pace of southern Connecticut, the young couple relocated to NH in 1960 and in 1961 moved into the house in Swanzey which Fannie would call home for the next 60 years. Fannie spent the next several years raising her four children and helping Ced run their general rent-all business. She was a Cub Scout den mother, Bible school teacher, taxi driver for her kids, storehouse of ancient poetry, term paper typist and general polymath. She was instrumental in starting the Swanzey chapter of the Visiting Nurse Association and throughout her life had a heart for service to her fellow travelers.

She loved to garden, and she could often be found hiking through the woods, picking partridge berries, harvesting wild strawberries and stalking the wild asparagus. She inspired her tribe to concoct and bottle homemade root beer, birch beer and various beverages of the dandelion and elderberry varieties.

She will be fondly remembered for her keen wit, breadth of knowledge and deep insight. Despite everyone’s suspicion that she was the smartest person in the room, she was never arrogant or condescending. She was unfailingly kind and, as one great niece recently noted, she always listened.

She was predeceased by her husband Ced, and her brother, Arthur L. Pike. She is survived by her children- Arthur C. Guion and his wife Bethany of Fitzwilliam, NH, Neil P. Guion and his wife, Etta Madden of Springfield, MO, Gary P. Guion and his wife Paula of Monroe, NH, and Andrea P. Goodpasture and her husband, Doug of Springdale, AR. She also leaves behind ten grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

The family requests that flowers not be sent at this time. Instead, please make a donation in Fannie’s name to any or both of the following charities: Gander Brook Christian Camp ( or Body and Soul Ministries (

An outdoor memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 22, 2021 at 11:00 am at the Keene Church of Christ, 12 Arch Street, Keene, NH.


22 May

Memorial Service

11:00 am

Keene Church of Christ

12 Arch Street
Keene, NH

Service will be held on the lawn of the Church


Fannie Mildred Guion

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Linda Stavely

April 15, 2021

I remember with great fondness this great lady. She and her husband helped me so many times to have my catering company, The Portable Feast to successful events with their rental company. My thoughts and prayers are with her family. Peace.

Victoria Wilkins

April 9, 2021

I remember sleeping there On Saturday nights Wake up on Sunday before church eating the best sourdough pancakes I am so sorry feel loss Andrea but now she's with your dad. She's in a better place.

Heather Lapointe

April 8, 2021

Rest in peace to this amazing lady, I had the pleasure to clean for her for the last 4 years and this past year I helped care for her in her home. I'm so thankful I got to get to know this wonderful, kind hearted, genuine, funny, quick witted women and she will always hold a special place in my heart. I will so miss our good chats, her kind giving spirit, her gift to listen others and her many stories that she would share with me. Fly high Fannie I know your singing with the angels now 💜 I will miss you.

Caddie Gregory

April 8, 2021

Oh, Fannie, I will miss discussing books with you!
Fannie was an absolute peach. She was an inveterate reader, and as her librarian, I had occasion to get her books, by hook or crook, either through kind friends and neighbors, or by driving them to her myself. It is rare for me to find someone who enjoys the same reading I do, so it was always an absolute pleasure to pick out books for her. She was a wonderful combination of calm, keen and thoughtful, with a laugh ever ready.

Gail Hummel

April 7, 2021

I volunteered at Gander Brook during my college years, and came to know and love some of the Guions. I moved to SWNH in 1991, and was honored to meet the matriarch who raised those crazy Guions. It has been my priviledge to learn and grow under the wise mentorship of Fannie. My children and I call her Grandma Guion. Fannie was a kind, loving, unpretentious, understanding, gracious, merciful friend and sister.
Fannie, you are missed.

Lynn evans

April 7, 2021

After I went to the Antrim Church of Christ Fannie and I would call each other just to say HI, How are you. She was a special woman to me. Lynn Evans. I will miss you Fannie

Andrea Goodpasture

April 7, 2021
link for Body and Soul ministries above is incorrect. I am going to have that fixed tomorrow, but in the meantime, here it is.