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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Anne Gale Thomson

Orford, NH – Anne Gale Kelly Thomson, 90, died March 8, 2010 at her home at Mt. Cube Farm, where she lived since 1954.

The former First Lady of New Hampshire (1973-1979), passed on the birthday of her late husband, former Governor Meldrim Thomson and on the day she became engaged to him in 1938.

Born in Brooklyn, NY the eldest child of William and Anne Kelly she graduated from high school two years early and after completing business school, began working at the Edward Thompson Law Book Company in Brooklyn where she met her husband, Meldrim Thomson Jr.

After living in Brooklyn, NY and Stony Brook, Long Island, Gale and Mel moved to Mt. Cube Farm in Orford, NH in the fall of 1954 with their six children, Peter, David, Thomas, Marion, Janet, and Robb.

A gracious lady and loving mother, Gale became famous for her homemade pancakes that she served to New Hampshire legislators at the Bridges House, the official governor’s residence, in Concord, NH while she was First Lady.

As avid hikers, Gale and her husband climbed all forty-eight of New Hampshire’s 4,000 foot mountains.

Gale also served as a trustee of the Youth Development Center, the Robert Frost Farm in Derry, NH, and as a member of the NH Lilac Commission. Later she served as a trustee of the VT/NH Visiting Nurse Alliance.

She is survived by her six children, Peter, David, and Thomas of Orford, NH, Marion Spottswood of Charlotte, NC, Janet Dorf of Weaverville, NC, and Robb Thomson of Wolfeboro, NH, eighteen grandchildren and twenty-eight great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her siblings Natalie Croot, William Kelly, and Shirley Dencker, all of New Jersey.

Calling hours will be from 2:00-6:00 PM on Friday, March 12 at the Mt. Cube Farm house located at 1364 Governor Thomson Scenic Highway in Orford, NH. The funeral service begins at 3:00 PM on Saturday, March 13 at the Baker River Bible Church on Route 25, Wentworth, NH.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Visiting Nurse Alliance of VT and NH, P.O. Box 157, Bradford, VT 05033, or Baker River Bible Church, P.O. Box 4, Wentworth, NH 03282.

Ricker Funeral Home, Woodsville, NH is in charge of arrangements.

For more information or to sign an online condolence please go to www.rickerfh.com.