Concord, N.H. — Leila Lister Maynard, passed away on March 21, 2013, after several years of suffering with dementia. Born in Concord on March 13, 1919, to E. Percy and Tamar Burdett Lister, she graduated from Concord High School, attended the University of New Hampshire, and was the first female valedictorian of Suffolk Law School, graduating in 1943.
In 1944, she became the 25th woman to be admitted to the N.H. Bar, and was the senior female member at the time of her death. Mrs. Maynard was the first female selectman of the Town of Bow, and served as a marital master during the initial phase of that program. She also served on many other boards and committees throughout her life.
Mrs. Maynard was an active member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church since 1955, where she served as a Sunday School teacher, Altar Guild member, and on various committees. She was a member of St. Matthew’s Dance Choir, and volunteered for several years at St. John Regional School.
In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband of 51 years William Maynard; her eldest daughter Betsey Maynard; her brothers, James A. Lister and Percy B. Lister; her sister Mildred Lister Williamson; a niece Tamar Gignac, and many cousins.
She is survived by three daughters, Katharine M. Pearce (and Howard) of Wenham, Tamar M. J. M. Roberts (and Randall) of Bow, and Martha M. Jacques (and Ronald) of Mason; her son, J. William Maynard (and Rona) of Shokan, N.Y.; two granddaughters, Christianna H. Morgan (and Thomas) of Somerville, and Robyn Melissa Jaeger of Kingston, N.Y.; four grandsons, Matthew J. Pearce (and Ann) of Dallas, Nathanael P. Maynard of Brooklyn, N.Y., Jared M. Roberts and Joshua I. Roberts, both of Bow; six great-grandchildren, Ethan and Dakota Jaeger, Natalie and Alexander Morgan, and Julia and Allison Pearce; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
ARRANGEMENTS: Calling hours will be held Friday, April 5, 2013, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Bennett Funeral Home, 209 North Main Street, Concord. A memorial service will take place at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 6, at St. Paul’s Church, 21 Centre Street, Concord. A private burial will be later in the spring. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice. The Bennett Funeral Home of Concord is in charge of the arrangements. Messages of condolences may be offered at www.bennettfuneral.com