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Florence D. (Readyhough) Andrus

November 4, 1932 ~ November 15, 2018 (age 86)

Florence Dorothy (Readyhough) Andrus passed away peacefully on November 15, 2018, while holding her daughter's hand.  She was 86 years old.  You probably knew her as Flo, but more likely as "Nana."  She was born November 4, 1932 in Brooklyn, NY to Rose Mary and Edward George Readyhough, one of 10 children.Her early work in NH was at the Laconia State School, caring for disabled children. She also worked for many years at Rumford Press in Concord. She was a very proud, hard worker.Her true life's work was being of service to others. After her husband Norman's passing she saw a need, and drove patients to White River Junction VT for treatments.She baked countless bundt cakes and cookies, and donated her crocheted afghans for fundraisers of every kind. If her children or grandchildren mentioned that a teacher or friend had been especially kind to them, then they got an afghan, too. Those beautiful afghans made with her own two hands live on as part of her legacy.  She was a life member of VFW Auxiliary Post 1698, and her passion was helping veterans. She cheered them at deployment sendoffs, welcomed them at homecomings, honored them by marching proudly in her blue Auxiliary uniform in parades and attending ceremonies, and filled countless care packages with her baked goods.  She was extremely proud of her own grandson’s military service.Her joys were a rousing Winnisquam basketball game, bingo, a winning scratch ticket, a warm summer breeze, and her family. Florence was predeceased by her husband Norman Lord Andrus, beloved parents, brothers and sisters. She is survived by her beloved sister, Margaret Eustice, her sister-in-law and best friend, Mary Readyhough, her nieces and nephews.She leaves her children, Martha Andus and husband Charley Arena; Marianne Chalut and husband Fred, and Joseph R. St. Jacques, Jr., and wife Donna; grandchildren David Andrus and wife Corinne, Ssgt. Benjamin Lord Andrus, her Arena grandchildren, Melissa St. Jacques Kenney and husband Mark; Christopher Pelletier, Michelle Hanley and husband Jason; great grandchildren Madi-Lynn Hanley, Marky Kenney and Max Thomas Andrus. She also leaves her very dear friends Tammy Belmain Fleury and Lynnemarie Vanderheiden.Her family wishes to thank the staff at Merrimack County Nursing Home and CRVNA and Hospice, who loved her and cared for her like their own Nana.There is a quote by Mother Teresa, "Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love." If you would like to honor her memory, do a small thing with great love.Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018 from 5-7:00 pm at Thibault-Neun Funeral Home, 143 Franklin St., Franklin.  For directions and an online guestbook, please visit



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