Frances Anna Reed
July 15, 1921 – December 24, 2020
Frances Anna Reed of Stoddard, died peacefully at her family home on December 24. She was 99 years old. She had recently received the Town’s cane for being the oldest living resident!
The daughter of the late Wilmer and Ida Mae (Hudson) Reed, Frances was born in Bradford, NH on July 15, 1921 and raised in Stoddard. She attended area schools skipping grades as she advanced. After graduation, she worked in woolen mills in Swanzey and Troy. During WWII, Frances proudly helped the war effort by making GI boots in Keene. At that time, she married Wano Paronen who served in the U.S. Navy. They resided in Keene and had two children. By 1958 she married Albert J. DeLong who served in the U.S. Army. Al was the love of her life! They moved from Keene to West Chester, PA. They enjoyed many years together flipping houses before it was fashionable. In 1983, Frances and Al returned to her “family farm” in Stoddard. They had one son. After Al’s death, she remained a single mom for nearly 10 years. She then married Dennis Carlisle in 1997. He died in 2017. They had no children. Her daughter Judith and son Peter Paronen predeceased her. She also outlived her sister Barbara (Reed) Morrell and brother Raymond Reed. Frances is survived by her son Albert Peter DeLong of Stoddard and her guardian/nephew David Morrell. She also leaves her niece Pauline (Morrell) Fujii and nephew Lloyd Morrell.
The family wishes to gratefully acknowledge her loyal and caring home aides especially Douglas and Jossie Summerton and Nathaniel Fouser who created a secure and loving environment for Frances and her son, as well as the Hospice personnel of the Home Healthcare Hospice & Community Services.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a private service will be held at the family’s discretion.
Contributions in memory of Frances can be made to area Hospice organizations or other worthy organizations of choice.