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April 19, 2013

Beulah Arlene Hawkes, 87

New London, NH — Beulah Arlene Hawkes died peacefully at her residence at Woodcrest Village in New London, N.H., early Wednesday evening April 17, 2013.

Born in Lynn, Mass., on Independence Day, July 4, 1925, as the first of a pair of identical twins, she was the daughter of the late Albert and Clara Kobel of Amesbury.

Beulah became interested in music at an early age along with her late twin sister, Lila, and studied voice and harmony. The two sisters went on to become gifted singers, Beulah being an Alto and Lila a Soprano. They brought their talents to the Broadway Methodist Church in Lynn, Mass., where they both sang in the senior choir. They enjoyed practicing and loved singing choral music and duets together both in church and on their own.

Later on, Beulah would meet Walter, a piano and harmony teacher who was also the organist and choir director at the Union Church in Saugus. They eventually got married and raised a family where music became an integral part of their lives. Beulah and Lila became quite good at their craft and a little later got into a studio and made some 78 rpm recordings of their singing, some of which were accompanied by her late husband Walter on the piano.

She was married for 59 years until the passing of her husband, Walter. In that time, she loved her family and adored her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She enjoyed gardening, canning, sewing, painting, music and the arts. Beulah briefly taught Sunday school in Merrimac and loved reading stories to the kindergarten children there. She was also a member of the Newburyport Choral Choir and a member of The American Cancer Society.

Beulah is survived by three of four children, the late Miriam Hawkes, Adam Hawkes and his wife, Carol, of Merrimac, Timothy Hawkes of Saugus, and Lydia Hawkes of Goshen, N.H.; three grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. She is predeceased by her twin sister, Lila of Huntington Beach, Calif., and survived by her sisters, Barbara Lovell of Harpers Ferry, W. Va., Alberta Conrad of Salem, and Jeannie Kopasky of Dover, N.H.; her brother, Bruce Kobel of Selden, N.Y.; several cousins, nieces, nephews, other extended members of the Hawkes and Kobel families, and many friends.

ARRANGEMENTS: A funeral service will be held in the Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, 549 Lincoln Ave., Saugus, on Monday, April 22, at noon. Relatives and friends are invited. Visiting hour prior to service, 11 a.m. to noon. Interment at Riverside Cemetery, Saugus. Flowers or contributions to The International Bipolar Disorder Foundation or The American Cancer Society are both welcome. For directions and condolences, visit

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