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Patricia A. “Patsy” (Force) Goodridge, 78, died peacefully June 16, 2017, after a period of declining health, in her home on Big Island Pond in Atkinson, N.H., where she was cared for by her devoted caregivers, Shara and Jenn.
Born in Methuen, she was the daughter of the late Edward M. and Simmone I. (Lebel) Force.
She grew up and was educated, and graduated from St. Ann’s High School in Lawrence in 1953. Starting in 1963 as a part-time resident of Atkinson, she grew to love the lake area and became a full time resident on the shores of Big Island Pond. Over the years, Mrs. Goodridge was involved in volunteer work around the state of New Hampshire.
Patsy enjoyed lake living on Big Island Pond. She represented her neighborhood Hemlock Heights as an area director of Big Island Pond Corporation for almost 30 years. Being an area director led Patsy to become known in Concord, N.H. among the environmental crowd. She was one of the incorporating officers of the NH Lake Coalition, which was the forerunner for the NH Lakes Association. She also served on the NH Public Water Access Board, and participated in writing the Public Water Access Plan and the original Shoreland Protection legislation.
Patsy and Al used to enjoy traveling. In her spare time, Patsy enjoyed researching the history of Big Island Pond and its surrounding area. She was particularly interested in the French Canadians and the Abenaki Indians influence. Other passions included writing poetry, painting, and cooking.
Patsy was predeceased by her husband of 49 years, Albert H. Goodridge, Jr. She is survived by her son, Wayne A. Goodridge of Newmarket, N.H.; a daughter, Virginia A. Ryan of Florida; three grandchildren, Nieth, Monica and Jason; and several nieces and nephews. She will be missed by the “grandchildren that happened upon her,” Teagan and Charlie McRobbie, and Casie and Bailey Richard. She is also survived by the many friends and acquaintances the she made through her love of the lake.
At Mrs. Goodridge’s requests, there will be no calling hours or services. Friends who wish may make memorial donations to Friends of Big Island Pond, PO Box 222, Hampstead, NH 03841. Carrier Family Funeral Home & Crematory, 38 Range Rd., Windham, NH has care of the arrangements. To send a message of condolence to the family, please view the obituary at www.carrierfuneralhome.com.
Published on  June 28, 2017
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