Londonderry, NH — Shirley W. Gilcreast, 86, passed away Tuesday, May 7, 2013, at the Elliot Hospital in Manchester surrounded by her loving family. She was born on April 12, 1927, in Nashua, N.H., a daughter of the late Neil and Fannie (Robie) Watts. Mrs. Gilcreast was a resident of Villa Crest Nursing Home for two years, formerly living in Derry, Sandown, and many years in Londonderry. She was the organist at Londonderry Presbyterian Church for over 47 years. She enjoyed playing cribbage and Yahtzee, as well as reading and quilting. Mrs. Gilcreast loved her family and spending time with them. She was a very kind, compassionate, and loving woman who always put others needs before her own.
She is survived by three sons, John Gilcreast and his wife, Doris, of Derry, Kevin Gilcreast and his wife, Linda, of Derry, and David Gilcreast and his wife, Stacey, of Sandown; two daughters, Judy Hatch and her husband, David, of Derry and Lynn Bedard and her husband, Gerard, of Methuen, Mass.; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Phyllis Holton of Hudson, N.H.
ARRANGEMENTS: A calling hour will be held on Friday, May 10, from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Londonderry Presbyterian Church, 126 Pillsbury Rd., Londonderry, with funeral services to begin at 3 p.m. in the Church. The burial will follow in Glenwood Cemetery, Mammoth Road, Londonderry. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Shirley’s memory to the Villa Crest Nursing Home, 1276 Hanover Street, Manchester, NH 03104. The Peabody Funeral Homes and Crematorium, 15 Birch Street, Derry, is handling the arrangements. To send a condolence or for more information, please visit www.peabodyfuneralhome.com. The family of Mrs. Gilcreast would like to express their deepest gratitude to the Villa Crest Nursing Home for the loving care that was given to her during her time with them.