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Faye Madeline (French) Houldsworth passed away Sunday, November 13th (a day after her 87th birthday) after being surrounded by family for weeks, while in the hospital.

She was born on November 12, 1935. She resided in Exeter for most of her life and was married to her late husband Paul Willett for 25 years. They raised five children together and attended many school and sporting events over the years, while also enjoying a large extended family.

She worked in the Exeter High School guidance counseling department and provided administrative support and much compassion and understanding to many students there.

She and her current husband, retired Lt. Colonel Don Houldsworth, were married 17+ years ago, many, many years after an early romance as teenagers in Malden MA. They were quite struck by their fortunate rekindling, after each had been widowed. They enjoyed traveling together for a period of time, especially while Don sang in a barbershop harmony quartet. She was especially passionate about her annual trip to the Scottish Highland Games in Lincoln, NH as well as other international travel with family and friends. Don and Faye were retired in Portsmouth NH enjoying the seacoast and family. One of her favorite things was to walk the beach (especially nearby the house her grandson Andrew was building, to enjoy a walk with him). And of course, there was the infamous annual birthday gathering at Newick’s where all of her grandchildren and children, siblings and in-laws came to celebrate with her.

She was known for her effervescence, loyalty to family, loving her four children and holding them accountable to be the best people they could be.

Faye took her job as a grandmother and great grandmother very seriously. She loved each one deeply and worried over them all. She would stop anyone just about anywhere to share pictures and tell stories of them. She was their number one fan, their source of support and their example of unconditional love.

She is pre-deceased by her husband Paul J. Willett and her son Kevin Montville.

She leaves behind her husband Don Houldsworth, her children; Jeanne Evans and her husband Steven, Bruce D. Montville, Laura F. Montville and her husband Paul OConnor, step daughter Kathy Flynn and daughter in law Nancy Montville; sister, Jean Plourde and brother Glen French, nieces Janice Plourde, Eleanor Plourde and nephew, David Plourde, many cousins and in-laws, 17 grandchildren (including greats); Ari, Jack, Molly, Lila, Jade, Brendon, Brody, John, Teigan, Lori, Barry, Andy, Nancy, Aimee, Michelle, Reagan and Ainsley.

Visiting hours will be on Friday, November 18th from 5-7 PM at the Stockbridge Funeral Home, 141 Epping Road, Exeter. Services will be held at the funeral home on Saturday, November 19th at 11AM . Burial will follow in the Exeter cemetery.
Posted online on November 16, 2022
Published in Portsmouth Herald/Foster's Daily Democrat/Seacoast Sunday, Portsmouth Herald/Foster's Daily Democrat/Seacoast Sunday

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