McHugh Funeral Home

283 Hanover Street, Manchester, NH


Elsie B. Ashooh

February 12, 1932August 3, 2019

Elsie Barbara Ashooh, a beloved sister, cousin, and aunt, who proudly counted more than 200 nieces and nephews-great, grand, and great-great passed away on August 3, 2019. Elsie was born on February 12, 1932 to Elias John Ashooh and Rasheedy (Maroon) Ashooh and was raised in Manchester.

Elsie graduated from Central High School in 1949 and worked for more than a decade in Manchester. Church has always been a priority in her life and Elsie was a founding member of Our Lady of the Cedars Melkite Church which opened in 1957. Elsie moved to Northern Virginia in 1962, where she lived in Alexandria, Arlington, and Fairfax with her lifelong friend and cousin, Elizabeth D. Ashooh, most recently at Goodwin House Alexandria. Elsie worked as an administrative assistant to Congressman Melvin R. Laird (R-WI) in the U.S. House of Representatives and as a congressional liaison at the General Services Administration for some 30 years before retiring in 1990. A founding member of Holy Transfiguration Melkite Greek Catholic Church in McLean, VA, she devoted countless hours each year as a member of the Ladies Guild and to assisting with the Fall Food Festival and the Lebanese Holiday Sweets Sale fundraisers.

In McLean Virginia, Elsie was remembered at Holy Transfiguration at a 10:30 a.m. visitation, followed by an 11:30 a.m. Funeral Service on Wednesday, August 7, 2019.

In Manchester on Friday August 9, Elsie was remembered at Our Lady of the Cedars Melkite Catholic Church 140 Mitchell St. Visitation began at 10am followed by the Funeral Service at 11am. Burial followed in St. Joseph Cemetery, in Bedford. The McHugh Funeral Home was entrusted by the family with her care.


  • Visitation Friday, August 9, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, August 9, 2019


Elsie B. Ashooh

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Paul Kearney

August 8, 2019

Elsie will always be remembered as a beautiful person when she, Betty, and Sarah would visit from Washington. They would always join us in the choir at Our Lady of the Cedars along with Rachel to enhance the beauty of our service with that special touch from Holy Transfiguration Church in McLean, VA. May she rest in peace eternal. Paul & Barbara Kearney

Monique LaPlante

August 7, 2019

You could not have asked for a better Godmother than Auntie Elsie . She is remembered in so many ways but I remain touched that she was present at my confirmation and my graduations, in Montreal. She was always involved and engaged in my life, despite the distance. Her terrific sense of humour, her strong values and her love of family were her calling cards. May she know how much we love and appreciate her. She certainly made my life richer! God bless Auntie Elsie!

John Daher

August 5, 2019

Dear All
I’m very sorry to hear of your loss. I have many happy memories of Aunt Elsie. Occasions in Nashua and Manchester were always a little brighter when Elsie attended. My thoughts are with all of you at this time.
(Aunt Sally’s youngest)