BELLOWS FALLS, Vt. – Wilma Charlotte (Henderson) Westcott, 87, passed away peacefully on Feb. 3, 2018, at the Golden View Health Care Center in Laconia, N.H. surrounded by her beloved family, after a brave battle against Alzheimer’s disease.
Wilma, or “Grammie,” as she was known to most, was born in South Acworth, N.H., on Aug. 8, 1930, to Thomas and Annie (DeMond) Henderson, the youngest of three girls. She was raised on the family farm in South Acworth until the age of 14 before moving to Bellows Falls, Vt. After graduating in 1948 from Bellows Falls High School, she went on to New England Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing in Boston, where she graduated as a registered nurse in 1951. She started her nursing career in Pittsfield, Mass., moving to Keene, N.H. in 1956, then to Lakes Region General Hospital in Laconia in 1959. Westcott finished her nursing career as a school nurse for the Laconia School System. She was a 20-plus year volunteer nurse for the American Red Cross blood drives. After retirement, she and Erving spent winters in Winter Haven, Fla. from 1992 until 2013.
She married her high school sweetheart, Erving Westcott on Nov. 11, 1951, and together they raised four children. Her home always greeted you with warm chocolate chip cookies, a warm hug, a smile, and great conversation.
Wilma is survived by her husband Erving of Laconia; daughter Barbara and her husband, William Crawford of Laconia; sons David of Hallandale Beach, Fla.; Kevin and his wife Mary of Swanzey, N.H.; and Jeffrey of Newmarket. The proud Grammie to Lyndsay, Kate and her fiancé Kris, Megan and her husband Craig, Shari, Michael, Erin, and Caitlin, and a devoted great-grandmother, “GG,” to Connor, Carly, and Bradyn. She also is survived by her sister Mabel and her husband Charles Lockerby, of Springfield, Vt.
She was predeceased by her sister, Margaret Goldman of East Bridgewater, Mass. in 2008.
A celebration of her life will be held on Feb. 24, 2018 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Beane Conference Center, 35 Blueberry Lane in Laconia, N.H. A private burial will be held at the Walpole Cemetery in Walpole, N.H. at a later date.
Wilma’s family is very appreciative for the excellent care and comfort she received from the staff while staying at Golden View Health Care Center.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a charity of one’s choice in Wilma’s name. Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia, is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information and to view online memorials go to www.wilkinsonbeane.com.