Stratham, NH — Claire Doyle Ellis, 46, died on Tuesday, December 10, 2013, at her home surrounded by her loving family after a valiant battle with cancer.
Claire was born in Salem, MA on March 30, 1967, a daughter of John and Elaine (Sirois) Doyle, Jr., of North Conway.
She was raised in Peabody, MA and graduated from Bishop Fenwick High with the Class of 1985. Claire went on to earn her undergraduate degree from Providence College, Class of 1989 and her masters from Lesley College in Cambridge, MA. She worked in the biotech field for 14 years, first as a as a microbiologist then into the human resources realm. In 1990, while employed at the Genetics Institute in Andover, MA, she met her future husband, Thomas E. Ellis. Claire and Tom were married in 1997 and after 5 years together in Lynnfield, MA, they moved to Stratham to raise their family. Claire became a full-time Mom and homemaker, a job she cherished, and immersed herself into raising her family. Very active in her community, Claire served as assistant chairperson on the Stratham School Board, was a member of the Stratham Recreation Committee and volunteered countless hours at the Stratham Memorial School. She also served as a Scout Den Leader, and, with a group of other mothers, led the fund raising efforts to construct the Stevens Field Playground.
Claire loved to spend family time skiing at Cranmore Mountain and boating in the summer along the beaches in Gloucester and coastal NH. She was always ready for a picnic, hike or a day of fun.
In addition to her husband and parents, family members include her children, Katherine, Roger, Hannah and Michael, all of Stratham and her sister, Marie Doyle of Seabrook. She was dearly loved by many aunts, uncles and cousins.
ARRANGEMENTS: Visiting hours will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, December 13, 2013, in the Remick & Gendron Funeral Home – Crematory, 811 Lafayette Rd., Hampton. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Saturday at St. Theresa Church, 815 Central Rd., Rye Beach. Burial will follow in Maple Lane Cemetery, Stratham. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. If desired, donations may be made in Claire’s name to Rockingham VNA & Hospice, 137 Epping Rd., Exeter, NH 03833 or to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to support cancer research and patient care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284 or online at www.dana-farber.org/gift. Please visit www.RemickGendron.com to view Claire’s memorial website, sign the tribute wall, or for directions.