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Linda A. Browne

March 24, 1948 — March 7, 2023



Linda Aurore Browne, of Manchester, NH passed away peacefully on March 7, 2023 at her residence with her family by her side, Husband John Francis, Daughter Chelsea Arianne and (in spirit) her Predeceased Son Brendon Spencer.  She was born on March 24, 1948, in Manchester, NH, the daughter of Leo and Rachel Allard. 

Linda was especially devoted to Brendon and Chelsea. She assisted them on school projects, cheered them on at Bedford sporting events, and helped them select their cars. These were all special days for Linda. She also worked hard to instill in them her New Hampshire Yankee values.


Linda particularly enjoyed traveling and taking the family on trips.  She made over a hundred trips to the Big Apple, to visit John’s family, enjoy Broadway plays, or just explore the sites of New York.  She visited almost all fifty states, with of course sunny Florida being her favorite.  She also enjoyed traveling to Canada and Europe, especially visiting cities where she could use her conversational French, drilled into her by the good Nuns at St. Augustin in Manchester.  


Volunteering was an important part of Linda’s life.  After graduating from the University of Maine at Gorham, she joined Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA), where she was assigned to Miami, Florida, working on poverty programs. This is where she met John - also a VISTA volunteer, some fifty years ago last month.  Returning to New Hampshire, Linda over the years volunteered at Church, Girl Scouts, St. Vincent De Paul, but her favorite was with her Corgis, being part of the READ (Reading Education Assistance Dogs) program. A program where she tutored young students to improve their reading skills; she especially enjoyed working with rambunctious children.


Members of her loving family include: sister Annette (Richard) Finn and brothers Leo (Irene) Allard, and Gary Allard, in laws Joseph (Karyn) Browne, Mary (Edward) Ryan and Suzanne (Joseph) Daly and many cousins, nieces and nephews. Family and friends will miss her special spaghetti sauce, chocolate cream pies and of course her French Canadian pork pies prepared annually at Christmas.


SERVICES: Calling hours will be held on Friday March 10, 2023 from 4:00 – 7:00 PM at Phaneuf Funeral Homes and Crematorium, 250 Coolidge Avenue, in Manchester. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Saturday March 11, 2023 at 9:30am, at St. Elizabeth Seton, 190 Meetinghouse Road, in Bedford.

DONATIONSIn lieu of flowers, family asks memorial donations be made to The New England Pet Partners, P.O. Box 534, Pelham, NH 03076 and/or First Book, 1319 F Street NW, Suite 1000 Washington, DC 20004.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Friday, March 10, 2023

4:00 - 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

Phaneuf Funeral Homes & Crematorium - Coolidge

250 Coolidge Ave, Manchester, NH 03102

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Saturday, March 11, 2023

9:30 - 10:30 am (Eastern time)

St. Elizabeth Seton Church

190 Meetinghouse Rd, Bedford, NH 03110

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