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David J. Rockwell

PLAISTOW, NH: Jean M. (Westerman) (Davis) Vass, 84, passed away June 22, 2011 at Hannah Duston Healthcare Center in Haverhill. Mrs. Vass was the wife of the late Allan Van Voorhees Davis and Julian Vass.

Born in Lancaster, PA on March 6, 1927, Mrs. Vass was the daughter of the late Dr. James M. and Margaret C. (Benfield) Westerman.

Jean graduated from The Shippen School for Girls in Lancaster, PA, and continued her education graduating from Edgewood Park Junior College in Briarcliff, NY, with a degree in interior design, and later attended classes at the University of Neuchatel, Switzerland.

After moving to the Haverhill area, she taught kindergarten at the First Baptist Church in Haverhill and then as a teacher's assistant in the Haverhill School System. Jean was also the area representative for the Henri Fayette Card Company of Chicago, IL specializing in Christmas cards. Jean was a member of the Junior League of Lancaster, PA, an award winning golfer with a seven handicap at the Lancaster Country Club, and a member of the Junior Ice Capades of Hershey, PA. Jean also enjoyed tennis, skiing with her family, traveling and playing bridge with the same group of women for over fifty years.

Jean is survived by her children, Julia Payson Davis Butters and her husband Jeffrey Allen Butters of Thousand Oaks, CA and Atkinson, NH, Jefferson Westerman Davis and his wife Ellen Small Davis of Bradford, MA; grandchildren, J. Westerman Davis, Jr., Egan C. Davis and Declan A. Davis; sister, Janice Westerman Johns of Sedona, AZ. In-laws, Kingsbury "King" and Suzanne Davis of Haverhill, Drs John B. and Joy Davis of White Bear Lake, MN, and Mrs. George S. Davis of Atkinson, NH, cousins, and many nieces and nephews. Jean was predeceased by her son Allan V.V. Davis, Jr., and was the sister of the late James H. Westerman.

At her request the funeral service at Dole, Childs & Shaw Funeral Home, 148 Main Street, Haverhill will be private. Interment at Linwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations in her memory be made to the Plaistow Public Library, 85 Main Street, Plaistow, NH 03865.

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