Evelyn A. (Hultgren) Ewing
ATKINSON, NH: Evelyn A. (Hultgren) Ewing, 89, formerly of Plaistow, NH, passed away Monday, October 3, 2016 peacefully at the Merrimack Valley Hospice House, Haverhill, MA. She was born in Winchester, MA, and was the daughter of the late, Nils A. and Amanda (Peterson) Hultgren. She was raised in Woburn, MA where she and her family lived on the grounds of the Atlantic Gelatin Company. Evelyn was the proud historian of her parent’s immigration from Sweden and her father’s role as supervisor of the gelatin plant.
Evelyn graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1948 with a degree in physical education and was a proud lifelong supporter of her alma mater. After graduating she worked for a year in her field at Centenary College in Hackettstown, NJ and at Haverhill Bank prior to the start of her many years of volunteering while raising her family. She sold real estate for the King Davis Agency after her 5 children had completed their schooling.
Growing up she enjoyed time at her family’s camp on Country pond, in Newton, NH. It is here she met the love of her life, Malcolm Ewing, whose family had a camp on the opposite side of the lake. Evelyn and Malcolm married and settled in Plaistow in 1950 and continued to enjoy their Country Pond friends and families throughout their entire lives.
Evelyn was always very active in civic and community activities: leading Girl Scouts, president of the original Owls Booster Club, the American Cancer Society, UNH Alumnus class agent, Haverhill City Club among others. Mostly reaching out and helping anyone in need, Evelyn was the epitome of a true friend. She had an ear for problems and expertise in good ideas which were usually followed with a good cup of coffee and an extensive repertoire of homemade cookies and treats. She enjoyed and shared her talents in sewing, knitting, baking, painting, crafting and gardening. Her greatest joy was raising her five children and passing along her life strategy to look for opportunities and to try new things. Her home decorating and cooking talents were both featured in McCalls magazine.
Evelyn and Malcolm relocated their family to Atkinson, NH in 1963 where they named their homestead Bedlam and gave their family room to romp and play. Adventures with the family were plenty, such as traveling with a camper and boating on the New England lakes and seashores. Adventures were purposeful as well as fun and Evelyn was a master of organizing. Being the first family to camp at Pawtuckaway State Park or a grand boating trip to Boston Harbor to see the Tall Ships during the ’76 OP Sail taught her family the benefits to planning ahead.
Downsizing when their children were grown, Evelyn and Malcolm built their retirement home in Plaistow but spent much of their time travelling the country in their motorhome enjoying sights and friendships with other “winnies”. A favorite of which was a cross country trek to Alaska.
After Malcolm passed in 1998 and 48 years of happy marriage, Evelyn enjoyed more local trips to see her grandchildren play sports, perform in recitals, and just to visit with family and friends. She also enjoyed reading the journals of her trips to Sweden where she explored the country of her heritage. She loved to pass down the knowledge and wisdom from these journals and trips to her grandchildren and inspired them to travel and explore their roots and history as well. And in turn she loved to hear about her grandchildren’s adventures, which became her new stories in her later years.
In 2016, Evelyn moved back to Atkinson into an apartment, lovingly called the grampartment, in her daughter Laurie’s, and her husband Christer’s, house. Here she spent her last few months surrounded with love, support and laughter and had full time grateful listeners of her wise wisdom and lucky receivers of her warmest hugs and appreciation
She leaves loving children David Ewing and his wife, Katie of Gilford, NH; Amanda Ewing of Laconia, NH; Elizabeth Ewing of Kittery Point, ME; Bonnie Ewing of Gilford, NH and Laurie Ericsson and her husband Christer of Atkinson, NH; her cherished grandchildren Jonathan and his wife Dana, Mackenzie, Peter, Olivia, Gunnar and Nils, special step grandfamilies, Gillian and Kevin Halligan and children Sierra, Devon, Savannah and Jameson and Christian and Jennifer Roux and children Kelton and Evelyn; many nieces and nephews and a whole lot of wonderful friends. She was predeceased by her granddaughter Mallorie.
Her family would like to send special thanks to the nurses and staff at Fresenius Dialysis, the wonderful drivers making Mom feel like Miss Daisy from Atkinson Elder Services and the warm and caring staff at the Merrimack Valley Hospice House.
Relatives and friends are invited to the calling hours on Thursday, October 6th, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. followed by the funeral at 6:00 p.m. Internment at a later time at Linwood Cemetery. Arrangements by Dole, Childs & Shaw Funeral Home, 148 Main Street, Haverhill. In lieu of flowers donations to Atkinson Elder Services Transportation Fund, 21 Academy Ave., Atkinson, NH 03811, Merrimack Valley Hospice House, 360 Merrimack Street, Lawrence, MA 01843