Obituary of Eloise Lane Smith

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Eloise Lane Smith

June 1, 1899 - January 16, 1965

Funeral Services Held For Pageant Author

Hampton Union, January 1965

Funeral services for Mrs. Eloise Frances Lane Smith, author of Hampton's 300th Anniversary Pageant and a widely known collector of antiques, were held yesterday at the Hampton Congregational Church at 3:30 p.m. Mrs. Smith died Sunday in the Portsmouth Hospital.

The Reverend Mr. Howard S. Danner, Jr. conducted the services with Louise Benoit as organist and Norman Leavitt, soloist.

Burial was in High Street Cemetery.

Mrs. Smith was born in Hampton June 1, 1899, daughter of Howard G. and Sarah (Hobbs) Lane.

She attended Hampton Academy and was a 1917 graduate of New Hampton Academy. She was a graduate of Bates College and received her master's degree at Oberlin College. She did post-graduate work at Radcliffe College, Columbia University and Harvard University.

She was a former high school teacher and, a lecturer, on foreign affairs for the Massachusetts League of Women Voters.

She was the former secretary to the head of the Harvard University engineering department, was a member of the N. H. Radcliffe Club and the American Association of the United Nations.

She was a life-member of Hampton Congregational Church.

Mrs. Smith counted bridge and antiques among her favorite hobbies. She took part in many duplicate bridge tournaments in Massachusetts and New Hampshire and was a widely known collector of antique china.

She was the donor of the Hobbs Cello, a musical instrument played in Hampton Congregational Church over 100 years ago that finally found its home there again after a century in her family.

She also donated many items of historical furniture and china to N.H. Historical Society.

She was the author of several books but is most widely remembered as the author of "Drama At Winnacunnet," the 300th anniversary pageant of the Town of Hampton.

The pageant was presented in 1938.

Mrs. Smith also wrote an historical pageant for her alma mater, Bates College.

For the past ten years, Mrs. Smith resided at the Wentworth Home in Portsmouth.

She is survived by a brother, Wheaton Lane of Princeton, N. J.; and a sister, Mrs. Lenora Paneyko of Princeton; and two nephews.

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