Lois Hudson Lynch, 98

Lois Hudson Lynch, 98 died at her home, The Wilton Meadows, on September 12th 2014.

She was born in 1916, in N. Woodstock, New Hampshire, the daughter of James Hudson and Eva Clark.

Soon after her birth, the family moved to Laconia, New Hampshire. She never knew her father and was raised by her mother and grandmother. At the age of one, she survived the death of an older sister, Harriet.

She graduated from Laconia High School excelling in history and debating and also produced a cribbage instruction school on the local radio. Sports were on her agenda as well, she played field hockey and competed with her team in the State Basketball Tournament.

She went on to the University of New Hampshire and graduated with a BS in Liberal Arts, History and Business.

After graduation she worked as a secretary for the NH Public Utility Service, in Laconia and at Holderness School, in Plymouth, N.H.

It was at Holderness she met a gentleman — a mathematics teacher, a baseball and football coach, Jacob Lynch.

The two were married in 1942, in Pensacola, Fla., where Jacob was stationed as a Lieutenant Navigator in the U.S. Naval Air Force.

Lois worked for the Florida Legislature as a lobbyist and as the Admiral’s secretary at the Air Station in Pensacola.

They were re-stationed to San Diego, Calif. shortly after their marriage, where Jacob was readying for deployment to the South Pacific for B-24 Search and Bombing Patrols in the Marshall Islands and Tinian. Lois managed the USO during his absence.

After the war she accompanied her husband to Cambridge, Mass., where he graduated from Harvard Law School. Soon after that, the couple moved to Darien, CT and Lois became a mother three times over.

She went back to the workforce when her children entered school, where she became the school secretary for Hollow Tree School and eventually Ox Ridge School. At one point she chaired the Darien PTA, and various at other times volunteered for the Visiting Nurse’s of CT, the Red Cross and The Darien Public Library.

After retirement, at age 50, she took up golf, at one point becoming the Senior Ladies Champion at the CC of Darien.

According to her High School yearbook she was “The Most Vivacious” girl in her class, but she could also be equally self-contained. She read constantly and was completely content to spend an afternoon with a book or needlepointing.

She was a devoted wife of 67 years shepherding her husband through 12 years of serious illness until his end in 2009.

She was a mother with a unique blend of autonomy and reserve which inspired an independence of spirit in all her children: James Lynch, Marilyn Mathias and David Lynch.

For the immediate family, there will be a ceremony in October.