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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Martha Worcester (Bell) Rogers

Martha Worcester (Bell) Rogers, 80, of Hollis, passed away quietly at her home on Saturday, March 10, 2012.

She was born in Nashua, New Hampshire on August 17, 1931, a daughter of the late Harry H. and Helen (Worcester) Bell. She was the wife of Samuel Rogers whom she married on November 30, 1963.

Before she could walk, her granddad gave her a pony and from then on she was never without horses in her life. She was active in hunts, show ring with American Saddlebreds and driving clubs, not just for trophies, but for the pleasure of working out and grooming her pets.

She was a graduate of Hollis High School with only four girls and one boy in her class under the watchful eye of Pearl Rideout.

She called her Worcester Road house and barn her home for sixty-five years with only a fifteen years stay in Wolfeboro, NH.

She played in the Tufts College Marching Band before transferring to UNH as Tufts had no room for her horse. Her horse went to UNH with her. After UNH she entered the business world at Katherine Gibbs and took a job in Boston selling Jaguars and MG automobiles. She worked in Fitchburg, MA for their radio station as a copy writer and did announcing. While holding these jobs she sold real estate with her father.

Married life found her moving to Wolfeboro, which was a very busy time with a new son, island lots to see, a blueberry mountain top farm “Grant Hill in Gilmanton” to promote, helping her husband keep track of Donzi boat sales, marine construction and restoration of antique runabouts and race boats. For many years she and her sister managed Rocky Pond Beach Club after their father passed away. The sisters also donated to the Town of Hollis, the Worcester Brothersland, pond and mill site by Rocky Pond. When Martha learned the Town of Hollis had plans to demolish the original fire station and replace it with stop lights, she gathered a group of neighbors in her living room to make plans for the Hollis Historical Society to take over the building and put it to good town use.

She was told by Henry Pineo about an old town hearse in disrepair needing a new home. This Nashua built vehicle had broken window glass, missing lamps, missing wheels and a large hole on its quarter panel. Martha and her husband knew of Amish craftsman, who had the skill to do a complete restoration, which they did thanks to the Hollis Historical Society. Martha was at her best when friends and neighbors came for holiday dinners or club activities. She could set a table for twelve or serve a buffet for many more with great ease.

Martha was a member of CHI OMEGA Sorority at UNH, Daughters of the American Revolution, Myopia Driving Club, New England Region Carriages Association and Hollis Historical Association.

She is survived by her husband of 48 years Samuel Rogers of Hollis, her son Joseph Rogers of Lyndeborough, NH, nieces Fredricka Bliden Olson of Hollis and Linda Linnig of Dallas, Texas, many cousins and friends.

SERVICES: There are no visiting hours. A Memorial Service will be held in the spring. Date, Time and Place will be announced at that time. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider: Animal Rescue League of NH, 545 Route 101, Bedford, NH 03110. The Davis Funeral Home, One Lock Street, Nashua, has been placed in charge of arrangements, (602-883-340l) “ONE MEMORY LIGHTS ANOTHER”