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Community Remembers Former Northborough Librarian Jane Parmenter

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Upper Valley Humane Society, 300 Old Route 10, Enfield, NH 03748.

Jane Sherman (Cowles) Parmenter. Courtesy of http://www.legacy.com.
Jane Sherman (Cowles) Parmenter. Courtesy of http://www.legacy.com.
Jane Sherman (Cowles) Parmenter, 89, of New London, N.H., died on Dec. 7.

Born in 1924 in Brooklyn, N.Y., she was the eldest of two children of the late George Pierce Cowles and Marjorie Sherman (Manning) Cowles. She attended Framingham High School, and Colby Jr. College (now Colby-Sawyer) in New London. She graduated in 1944, studying fine arts and English. Her husband was the late Vernon Hall Parmenter (decd. 1997). In 1960, they moved from Framingham to Northborough, and raised six children. In 1993, they moved to New London.

She was a librarian at Algonquin Regional High School and the Northborough Free Library. She enjoyed raising German Shepherd dogs, needlepointing, reading, and collecting cookbooks, children's books, and teddy bears. She loved concerts, plays, historical events, sharing tea with friends, and dining at local restaurants. She was a member of the South Congregational Church in Newport, N.H., and supported the New London Historical Society, Tracy Memorial Library, and Kearsarge Area Council of Aging.

She is survived by her sister, Terry Louise Cowles of Old Saybrook, Conn.; her daughters, Priscilla Parmenter of Wilmot, N.H. Marjorie Parmenter of East Falmouth, Nancy DeMore and her husband Ray of Douglas, Susan Parmenter and her husband Timothy Bushueff of Sunapee, N.H., and Linda Parmenter of Hubbardston; a son, Vernon Parmenter and his wife Kelly of Santa Ynez, Calif.; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

Burial is private at Edgell Grove Cemetery in Framingham. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Upper Valley Humane Society, 300 Old Route 10, Enfield, NH 03748. 

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