Margaret (Terry) Richards Chapman

New London, N.H. — Margaret (Terry) Richards Chapman, age 95, peacefully passed away on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, in New London. The daughter of Leora Moore Richards and William Francis Richards, she was born at home in Colorado Springs, Colo. on June 28, 1918.

Terry graduated from The Kimberley Academy and Bennett College. She met the love of her life Curtis W. Chapman, Jr at West Point in 1941, was engaged three weeks later and married in September of that year as Curt was to be posted to the Territory of Hawaii. On Dec. 7th during the attack on Pearl Harbor, she photographed incoming Japanese planes from the beach on the north side of the island and was close enough to see the pilots’ leather helmets.

After the war, she and Curt lived in Pasadena, Calif., Casablanca, Morocco, Middletown, Conn., Alexandria, Va. and Hawaii for a second time. After Curt’s retirement in 1975 they traveled extensively and lived in Colorado Springs and Newbury, N.H. until settling in New London in 1991.

Her family reveled in their summers at The Lindens in Fishers Bay, Lake Sunapee and she continued summering in Newbury at a cottage built by Curt in 1955. Terry appreciated nature and was full of joy for all that the Lord provides. By 1970, she and Curt had become vegetarians, taking a holistic approach to life. She was also grateful for the gifts of modern medicine that enabled her to survive cancer, remain mobile, and postpone blindness. She volunteered with Army Wives groups, taught Sunday School, and volunteered with the Lake Sunapee Protective Association and the Kearsarge Area Council on Aging. In earlier years, Terry enjoyed diving, hula dancing, cooking, and drawing and painting. She was treasured by family and friends for her ability to recall vivid, detailed and entertaining stories from her life.

Terry was predeceased by her husband of 69 years, Major General Curtis W. Chapman, Jr., U.S. Army Ret., in 2010; brother, Dexter Richards, former owner of Dexter’s Inn and developer of Fishers Bay; and her sister, Katherine Richards DeLancey, of Keene. She is survived by her daughter, Cynthia and husband, Woody Canaday of Cos Cob, Conn. and New London; her son, Bruce and wife, Jacqueline of Germantown and Cambridge, Md.; grandsons, Christopher Chapman of Germantown, Nicholas Chapman and wife, Natasha of Boyds, Md., Miles Canaday of Denver, Colo., and Brooks Canaday of Somerville, Mass.; as well as dear nieces & nephews.

She will be missed by family & friends for her optimism, non-judgmental outlook, and graciousness. She died 95 years young and full of love.

Interment will be on June 27, 2014, with a gathering to follow. Details will be made available by the family through

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lake Sunapee Protective Association, 63 Main St., Sunapee, NH 03782 or the Lake Sunapee VNA and Hospice, P.O. Box 2209, New London, NH 03257, lakesunapee-