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Elsie D. McCarthy

Lyme, N.H. — Elsie D. McCarthy died on Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, at her home in Lyme. She was 78.

She was born Jan. 9, 1935 in Rochester, N.Y., the daughter of Franklin and June (Hayford) Dickens. She graduated from the University of Rochester in 1957.

Elsie moved to Lyme in 1966. She raised three children there, and was active in town life; she was a substitute teacher in the Lyme School, and later worked in the Lyme Town Library. She volunteered for many years with the Missionary Society of the First Baptist Church of Lyme. Elsie loved flowers and animals and fireworks, and in recent years her main passion was knitting. She owned several circular sock knitting machines, devices invented in the 19th century to enable women to earn money by knitting socks at home. She was a member of the Circular Sock Machine Society of America, and had knitting friends across the country with whom she shared her knowledge. Elsie loved to teach new knitters, and never tired of talking about knitting and other fiber arts. She knit several hundred pairs of socks each year, which she sold or gave away; she believed that no one should go through life with cold feet.

Elsie is survived by Larry, her husband of 53 years; two sons, Ian of Lyme and Paddy of Vershire, and a daughter, Christina of Canaan; and several cousins.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 10, at the Highland Cemetery in Lyme. There will be no calling hours.

Memorial contributions may be made to VNA and Hospice of Vt. and N.H., or to the Pearl Dimick Fund (The Lyme Foundation P.O. Box 292 Lyme, NH 03768).

Arrangements are under the direction of Ricker Funeral Home of Lebanon.