Jean Ethel Bomhower

Lyme, N.H. — Jean Ethel Bomhower, 85, died Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, at Lebanon Center Genesis Eldercare in Lebanon, N.H.

She was born May 19, 1928 in Hanover, N.H. a daughter of Winslow and Gladys (Burnham) Smith. After graduating from Hanover High School, Jean attended Northampton Business School before beginning her family. She spent several years raising her family while traveling throughout the United States while her husband served in the Marine Corps before returning to the Upper Valley. She settled in Lyme in 1966, and has lived there since.

Upon her return to the Upper Valley she began working at the Country Fare Restaurant in East Thetford and later began a career as a secretary working at the Dartmouth Medical School and Kendal at Hanover before retiring. In her retirement she enjoyed working with her daughter at the Lyme Flower Shop.

Jean enjoyed camping in her RV, especially trips to Herman Island, Maine and Myrtle Beach, S.C. She also enjoyed music, dancing and in her younger years, snowmobiling. More than anything she enjoyed spending time with her family, particularly her grandchildren.

She is predeceased by her brothers Winslow and Wayne Smith and a sister Joyce Bonnett.

She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Harold Bomhower, formerly of Lyme; three sons, Frank Cutting and his wife, Dina of Lyme Center, N.H., Lee Cutting of Quechee, Vt., Donald Cutting and his wife, Tracy of Lyme Center; four daughters, Patty Bell of Lyme, Debbie Webster of Park Rapids, Minn., Barbie Stanley and her husband, Keith of Enfield, N.H. and Nancy Cutting of Corinth, Vt.; ten grandchildren, Samantha, Michael, Cole, Torey, Jesse, Mackenzie, Daniel, Ben, Marnie and Ruth; as well as six great grandchildren; stepdaughter, Julie Bomhower of North Hartland, Vt. and stepson, Steve Bomhower of Hartford, Vt.

A graveside service will be held in the Highland Cemetery in Lyme on Thursday, Oct. 10 at 3 p.m. with the Rev. Gail Dimick officiating.

Condolences may be expressed to Jean’s family in an online guestbook at