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Former Town Clerk, Selectman Helen W. Hayden Memorialized

May 19, 1902 – November 11, 1998

Atlantic News, Thursday, April 8, 1999

Helen Hayden

HAMPTON — Memorial services for Helen W. Hayden will be held Saturday, April 10, 1999, at 10:30 a.m. in the First Congregational Church, 127 Winnacunnet Road, Hampton.

Mrs. Hayden died November 11, 1998, in Lafayette Healthcare Center in Littleton. She was 96.

She was born May 19, 1902, in Windham, the daughter of John W.M. and Mary-Ella (Harris) Worledge. She had been a summer resident of Hampton Beach from 1905 until 1930 when she became a permanent resident.

She was a graduate of Pinkerton Academy, Derry, and Keene Teacher’s College.

Mrs. Hayden was the Hampton Town Clerk for 19 years, retiring in 1972.

A descendent of Stephen Bachiler, the first pastor of the First Congregational Church, Mrs. Hayden remained an active member of the church since 1930, serving as warden, clerk, Sunday school teacher, secretary and deaconess, as well as on numerous church committees.

She was active in many political, civic, club and historical organizations, often serving in a leadership position. Upon her retirement she was the first woman to be elected to the Hampton board of selectmen, serving two, three-year terms, holding the position of chairman in 1975.

The widow of “Jack” Hayden, who died in 1979, she is survived by one daughter-in-law, Anna Hayden of Littleton; four grandchildren; two great-grandsons; and one sister, Mabel Knipe of Dunedin, FL.

She was predeceased by one son, John Hayden, who died in 1989.

Memorial donations may be made to the First Congregational Church of Hampton.

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