Alice Faith (Freeman) Twombly, 96, of Chatham, known as Faith by family and friends, passed away on January 3, 2021 at her home surrounded by family. Though she was born in Lexington on April 27, 1924, she spent her childhood summers in Chatham and considered it home. After graduating Middlebury College in 1945, she accepted a teaching position in a two room schoolhouse in the small town of Madison, N.H., where she met her husband, Howard, who predeceased her in 1986. Soon after their first child, her yearning for the sea became so strong, they moved to Chatham to live and raise a family. Faith was active in the community, she spent many years as director of the Chatham Drop-In Center where she was fondly known as “Mother”. She had a generous heart and gave of herself to help others, never asking or expecting anything in return. Whether 2-legged or 4, she would do what she could to provide rescue, a ride home, a good meal, a roof over your head or a sympathetic ear. She had a positive spirit and zest for life. She also loved poetry and verse, and remembered word for word a library of poems and quotations, which she recited up until her final moments, before she “crossed the bar”. She chose the following to say goodbye:
Crossing the bar by Alfred Lord Tennyson.
Sunset and evening star,
And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar,
When I put out to sea.
But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
Too full for sound and foam,
When that which drew from out the boundless deep,
Turns again home.
Twilight and evening bell,
And after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness of farewell,
When I embark;
For tho’ from out our bourne of Times and Place,
The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my pilot face to face,
When I have crost the bar.
Faith leaves behind her children, Steve (Christine) Twombly , Peter Twombly and companion Kathy Guttay, and Susan (Scott) Noakes. She was predeceased by her son John (Kathy) Twombly. She also leaves behind her grandchildren, Lauren Twombly, Greta (Greg) Feldman, Hunter Twombly, Haley Twombly, Emma Noakes and Carly Noakes. Additionally she leaves behind a lifetime of friends and relatives, near and far, all of whom she cherished deeply; especially her good friend Marcia Bromley, who was committed to making sure she got to Larry’s PX on Tuesday mornings for breakfast with “the gang.” She will be missed by her “grand dogs”, Pablo, Frank and Gracie, who were happy to accompany during her afternoon naps. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made in her name to Broadreach Hospice, who made it possible for her to remain comfortably at home. A memorial will be held this Spring. For online condolences, please visit www.nickersonfunerals.com.