Seabrook, NH — Irene Ellen (Bashaw) Newhall, former longtime Newburyport resident, died peacefully at her home in Seabrook, N.H., on Monday, December 16, 2013, surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of the late Joshua Little Newhall, who died in 1962.
Born in Newburyport, September 6, 1925, she was the daughter of the late Wallace and Marie (Klein) Bashaw and attended Newburyport High School.
Irene was a devoted wife, dedicated mother and loving grandmother and great-grandmother. Her happiness in life came from helping others. Her first cares were for the needs of her family, great or small, she was always there to take care of everything. She loved to cook, not only for her family, but also volunteered at St. Paul’s kitchen, preparing meals for Among Friends. She was also an avid reader, enjoyed playing Bingo at the Salvation Army in Newburyport, and was a longtime member of the Laurel Grange in West Newbury.
Her survivors include two sons, David P. Newhall and wife, Linda and James E. Newhall and wife, Paula, all of Seabrook, N.H.; three daughters, Marie Newhall of Seabrook, N.H., Gail A. Newhall and husband, Ken of Littleton, Colo., and Pamela J. Newhall-Brown and husband, Michael of North Hampton, N.H. Irene had five grandchildren, Kim, Craig, Sean, Tricia and Katelyn, and several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was truly loved by them all and they will forever be grateful for all the wonderful memories she created with them.
ARRANGEMENTS: A Memorial Service will be held Friday, December 27, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Elliott, Woolworth & Rogers Family Funeral Home, 35 Green Street, Newburyport, followed by burial in Sawyer Hill Burial Ground. By request of the family, there will be no visiting hours. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Newburyport Salvation Army, 40 Water Street, Newburyport, MA 01950 or the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church for the Among Friends program, 166 High Street, Newburyport, MA 01950.