M. Lynn StanhopeFebruary 24, 1937 ~ December 24, 2017 (age 80)
Mida Lynn Stanhope died over Christmas, 2017 in her one room schoolhouse in Effingham, NH from unknown natural causes.
She was over eighty years old still seeing clients at The Center for Natural Health in Conway, NH or at their homes. Lynn was a licensed practitioner in massage, touch for health, Trager Therapy, Rem visual therapy and cranial sacrum therapy. She herself suffered from post traumatic stress from a birth injury which affected her central nervous system.
Born in Washington State on February 24, 1937, Lynn grew up in MA and moved to NH after college as an art teacher. She loved skiing and wanted to be closer to the slopes and cross country skiing. Effingham, NH is a beautiful area also good for painting and swimming in the river.
Lynn had graduated from Wooster College, Ohio in science and art education. She played the bagpipes in the college kilted band and also played the flute. She was a talented watercolorist. Folk dancing was one of her interests and she was active in the Boston area.
Lynn's vocation was wheel thrown stoneware pottery. She set up her own pottery at the schoolhouse after trying some glassblowing. She sold and made special orders for dishware and hand built works of art. She sold pottery at the NH League of Craftsmen.
Lynn was an avid traveler and sponsored a few bicycle tours in Europe for young people. She had many friends from the surrounding towns and they hold her dearly in great esteem. She would be seen playing in the contra dance bands or dancing at the various parties. Music was the main stream of her therapy.
Lynn learned to can and be self sufficient from her mother who was a nutritionist. From her sailing father she learned to sail and maintain a boat. She helped her father build a 40ft. fiberglass ketch and accompanied him and the family on trips to the Bahamas and Florida. After her father died, she inherited his boat called the "Grampus" which is the grey whale. As the skipper, Lynn brought the boat north from Florida in the intracoastal waterway with a variety of friends and relatives along the way. She enjoyed a few sails out of Portland, ME and used the "Grampus" as a getaway for painting and reflection.
Lynn is survived by her brother, Robert W. Stanhope of Baltimore, MD, and her sister, June R. Morse of Danville, VT, and "Tidbit" her cat now at the Lakes Region Humane Society in Ossipee, NH, up for adoption.
A Memorial party will be planned for the summer to scatter her ashes and share some of her art work and music.