Pearl A. LaValley NEWPORT — Pearl Amelia LaValley, 88, passed away comfortably Friday, Oct. 8, 2021. She was born to Harold and Eunice (Putnam) LaValley on May 10, 1933. Pearl attended Claremont schools, graduating from St. Mary’s High School in 1951. Upon graduating, she worked as a bookkeeper for the F.W. Woolworth Co. and the Merit Clothing Co. During this period of her life, she volunteered as a Girl Scout leader and collected funds door-to-door for various causes, such as the eradication of polio, and cancer and heart disease research, also, Catholic Charities. For several years, she was a member of the League of Woman Voters, serving as the voter service chairperson. After a period of eight years, she went to college and graduated from Keene Teachers College in 1963. She began her teaching career at the Grinnell School in Derry, New Hampshire. After that year, she joined the Sisters of Mercy in Windham, New Hampshire, coming to Lebanon in 1967, and taught in the parochial school until it closed in 1971. For the next 20 years, she taught in the Lebanon public school system. During this time, she continued community volunteerism, including the Hanover Hostel, the Cambodian resettlement program and Listen dinners. She also taught Sunday school and sang in the choir at the Sacred Heart Church. Upon early retirement, she opened a teacher’s store in the Colonial Plaza called Help You Teach, designed to help teachers and parents enrich their educational programs. In her final retirement, she continued volunteering through the Faith in Action Committee of the Sacred Heart Church, a committee formed to promote social justice. She served as co-chairperson. In 2012, she was the Sacred Heart Parish Honoree for the MICAH award. Throughout her life, she enjoyed reading, puzzles of all sorts, classical and folk music, and many of the wonderful arts and educational activities that the Lebanon-Hanover area has to offer and especially, being able to travel to many places in the United States, Canada and Europe with family and friends. For more than 10 years, she attended an interdenominational Christian family camp called Camps Farthest Out, where she enjoyed the camp programs, kayaking on Lake Winnipesaukee and especially, time spent with her best friend, Sister Kathleen Sullivan, R.S.M. She is survived by her brother, Harold, his wife, Gerry, and nieces, Nancy Huot, Lori Barnes, Jodi Miskowiec, a nephew, Steven LaValley, and their spouses. She is also survived by nine grandnieces and -nephews and 10 great-grandnieces and -nephews. She was predeceased by her parents and her beloved brother, Edwin. There will be no calling hours. Family and friends are invited to Pearl’s Mass of Christian burial at Saint Patrick’s Church in Newport, New Hampshire, on Friday, Oct. 22, at 1 p.m. Burial will follow in the St. Mary’s Cemetery in Claremont. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Turning Points Network, Dayspring Pregnancy Care Center, and any area food pantry. An online guest book is available to leave a message of condolence for Pearl’s family by visiting www.rickerfuneralhome.com

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