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Virginia (Morgan) SaulnierApril 9, 1939
Virginia M. Saulnier, 78, died Sunday, January 7, 2018 at the Genesis Center in Laconia following a two year decline with failing health. She was born in Bridgewater, NH, April 9, 1939, daughter of the late John and Kathryn (Elliott) Morgan. She spent most of her youth, residing in Bridgewater, attending the Bridgewater one room elementary school and then graduating as Valedictorian from Newfound High School. She continued her education and received her K-12 teaching degree from Plymouth Teachers College. Along with several years of teaching kindergarten at New Hampton Community School, she taught school with the Newfound School District for 26 years until her retirement in 2001.
As an adult Virginia initially lived in Bristol, before returning to live in Bridgewater. Following her second marriage to Arthur Saulnier, she resided in Thornton for many years before returning to Bristol in 2003. She was a longtime active member of the United Methodist Church in Franklin. She was involved with many local organizations including; serving as Treasurer for the local NEA chapter for many years, also volunteering for SHARE, Grafton County Senior Citizens Council, Heifer International, Friends of the Minot-Sleeper Library, along with teaching Sunday School and participating on the Missions Committee at the Franklin United Methodist Church.
Virginia had many passions in life. First and foremost she was passionate about her faith, her family, friends and students. She enjoyed being a lifelong learner – continuing to pursue her interest in reading, poetry, math, science and art and music. Quilting, card stamping other paper crafts, and cooking were hobbies she loved as well as acquiring many collectible Santas and Teddy Bears, which will now be part of the annual Christmas display at the Inn on Newfound Lake in Bridgewater, NH. Virginia also enjoyed art through several mediums and along with Arthur had decorated their home with an eclectic mix of artistic expression originating from a variety of artists. Later in life, with her husband, Arthur, she became a diehard Patriot fan, had a great fondness for animals, especially German Shepherds, and during their almost 30 years together, made many memorable trips with family and friends to the Maine coast to enjoy their love of the ocean.
In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her first husband, Theodore Rivest, Sr., a sister, Elaine Defosses, a brother, Eugene Morgan, and the love of her life, her husband, Arthur D. Saulnier, Jr. who passed in 2013, Theodore's sister and brother-in-law, John and Julia (Rivest) Dow and his brothers, Raymond and Henry Rivest.
She leaves, a son and daughter from her first marriage; Theodore Rivest, Jr. and wife Charlotte of Bridgewater, and Darla Jaquith and fiancé, Kurt Lantis, of Hill, NH, respectively. She also leaves three stepsons from her second marriage, Michael Saulnier and his fiancée, Carmen O’Mara, of Ashland, NH, Jeffrey Saulnier and wife Diane, of Plymouth, NH, Timothy Saulnier and wife Kristie, of Campton, NH.
She also leaves four granddaughters, Shannon Wharton, Breanna Saulnier, Kerri Saulnier, and Allison Saulnier, two grandsons, Cooper and Lincoln Gonyo with one great grandson, Rory Wharton, a brother, John Morgan Jr. and his wife, Marion of Bridgewater, brother-in-laws, Melvin Defosses of Alexandria and Ronnie Saulnier of Holderness, and sister-in-law, Linda Morgan of Haverhill, her long-time son-in-law, Michael Jaquith her first husband's sisters, Greg and Alice (Rivest) Watkins of Texas and MaryJane Rivest of Bristol and many nieces and nephews.
A calling hour will be held, Friday, January 12, 2018 from 1:00 to 2:00 PM with a service following at the William F. Smart Sr. Memorial Home, Franklin-Tilton Road (584 West Main St.) in Tilton. A gathering will follow to celebrate Virginia’s life at the lower level of Franklin United Methodist Church, located at Franklin and School Streets in Franklin.
Spring burial will be in Blair Cemetery in Campton when weather permits where Virginia will rest with her husband, Arthur.
Those wishing may make memorial contributions in Virginia’s name, may do so to the Franklin United Methodist Church or Grafton County Senior Citizen Council or a charity of their choice.