Jessie G. English

Meriden, N.H. — Jessie G. English, 97, died at her home on Monday, Dec. 17, 2012.

She was born Nov. 21, 1915, in Adams, Mass. a daughter of the late James A. and Etta May (Wilbur) Graham and at a young age moved with her family to Lebanon. As she grew up she attended School Street School and graduated from Lebanon High School class of 1934, before attending UNH for two years. She was married to Frederick E. Carver on June 17, 1936, and together they settled in Meriden, where Frederick taught at K.U.A. and started a family. In 1952, her husband became headmaster of K.U.A. and Jessie worked by his side, assisting in all social functions at the school. Frederick died in 1969 at which time she went to work for Frank Hough for several years before working for Gordon Sargent at McNeill’s Pharmacy. In later life Jessie was married to Stanley Nelson until his death and then to Robert English, who also predeceased her.

She was a very active member of the Meriden Congregational Church since 1936 where she was a member of the women’s fellowship and sang in the choir, the Meriden bridge club, the P.T.A., and after Frederick’s death, Jessie took his place as trustee on the Board of Directors at Alice Peck Day Hospital. She also enjoyed playing music and was a member of a recorder group and Scottish Country dancers, politics, was an avid reader and member of the Meriden Library and followed her son’s athletic events and the Boston Red Sox religiously.

Along with her three husband’s, Jessie was predeceased by a son, James G. Carver and a sister, Phebe Walker.

She is survived by a daughter, Jane Fielder of Meriden; two sons, Douglas Carver of Meriden and David Carver and his wife, Nancy of Claremont, N.H.; a daughter-in-law, Gudrun Carver of Kittery, Maine; 10 grandchildren, Sandra Elgin, Stefanie Snelling, James P. Carver, Christopher D. Carver, Frederick W. Carver, David F. Fielder, Abigail Heim, Tammie Bean, Pamela Johnson and Samantha Bean; fifteen great-grandchildren; a sister, Janet Knight of Franklin, N.H., and many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to call at the Ricker Funeral Home in Lebanon, N.H. on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. A funeral will be held on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, at 11 a.m. at the Meriden Congregational Church. Burial will take place in the spring in the Mill Cemetery in Meriden. Messages of sympathy for the family may be left at

In lieu of flowers donations in Jessie’s memory can be made to the Meriden Library, PO Box 128, Meriden, N.H. 03770; the Meriden Congregational Church, PO Box 187, Meriden, N.H. 03770; the Frederick Carver Memorial Scholarship at K.U.A. or the Frederick E. Carver Memorial Scholarship c/o Lebanon High School.