Faith Marie McEleney

February 25, 1932 ~ August 4, 2018 (age 86)

Faith M. McEleney

LACONIA -- Faith M. McEleney, 86, of Alton passed away peacefully after a period of declining health on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018 at Lakes Region General Hospital surrounded by her family.

Fay was born on February 25, 1932, in Lowell, Mass., to George and Mary (Dempsey) Smith. A graduate of Somerville (Mass.) High School and St. Elizabeth's Hospital School of Nursing in Brighton, Mass., she worked as a registered nurse at Brockton (Mass.) Hospital for 31 years, including 16 years in the emergency room. She and her husband, the late Daniel J. McEleney, retired to their home in Freedom, N.H., in 1989. Fay later worked for several years as a nurse at Carroll County facilities, and lovingly and tirelessly cared for Dan when he became ill. He passed away in 2003. Looking to reside closer to family, Fay moved to Alton in 2014.Fay cherished the friendships she made while playing bingo and bowling at Funspot and dining at Ellacoya Barn & Grille, and she loved her family and her golden retriever, Maggie, with all her heart -- a love that was returned tenfold by all.

She is survived by her sons, Michael and his wife, Penni, of Southwick, Mass., and Daniel and his wife, Gayle, of Gilford; her daughters, Kathleen Gaffney and her husband, John, of Dedham, Mass., Sharon Hilson and her husband, James, of Alton, Paula Yanchuk of Raynham, Mass., and Eileen Woods and her husband, Brien, of Upton, Mass.; 15 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. She is predeceased by a daughter, Theresa.

There will be no calling hours.

Family and friends will gather at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8, at Lord Funeral Home, 636 Center Street in Wolfeboro. A funeral service is planned for 11 a.m., followed by interment at Lakeview Cemetery on Cemetery Road in Freedom.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the N.H. Humane Society at, or 1305 Meredith Center Road, Laconia, N.H. 03246.

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