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Helena (Lepper) CrilleyJanuary 27, 1937 ~ August 2, 2017 (age 80)
MERRIMACK -Nina Crilley, 80 years young, died August 2, 2017 at home surrounded by her loving family and husband Frank Crilley of 59 years. Nina fought a long hard battle against ovarian cancer, her strength and courage was something most will remember her by.
She is survived by three sons and daughter: Gary Crilley and his wife Dianne of Portsmouth, NH, Ronald “Ronny Allen” Crilley of San Diego, CA, Glenn Crilley of Eliot, Maine and Terry McGreevy and her husband Tom of Nashua. Three sisters, Joanne “Jo” Libby of Naples FL, Marie “Re-Re” Price, and Jean O’Brien both of Peabody, MA. She is preceded by three sisters, Lois “Snookie” Casey, Elizabeth “Betty” Marcucella, and Edwina “Chippy” Kavanaugh.
Nina was born in Boston, Massachusetts on January 27, 1937 and was raised in Everett, Massachusetts where she and her six sisters caused mischief and sometimes fear where ever they went, this even carried over into adulthood. Everyone knew when the Lepper sisters arrived and they were proud of it. Nina married her childhood sweet heart Frank Crilley. They moved to Malden, Massachusetts and soon started a family. Frank and Nina then moved the family to Nashua, NH to raise their family. Nina was very proud of being a mother to her four kids who she sometimes referred to as a pack of wild animals. Nina worked as a lunch monitor at Main Dunstable School from the day it opened to 1995.
Nina spent her summers and most of her weekends up at Balch Lake in Wakefield, NH with all of her family including her six grandchildren. She enjoyed Sunset cruises, happy hour with friends, water skiing, tubing, and hours of swimming. In the winter, she went cross country skiing, sledding, and ice skating. Nina also enjoyed climbing mountains and often sang while hiking no matter how many times her kids asked her to please stop singing. She was a great cook and was always proud of her meals she served. She spent her free time quilting and making braided rugs. She had a great eye for antiques and that is why she said she loves Frank so much.
Nina and Frank retired and moved to Merrimack, NH were they always started their days off walking together through The Birches, Nina did this even while doing Chemo. Nina will be missed by all who knew her and the lives she touched.
Relatives and friends are invited to her visitation on MONDAY, August 7th from 9 until 11 AM at ANCTIL-ROCHETTE & SON FUNERAL HOME, 21 Kinsley Street, Nashua. Nina’s life will be celebrated following her visitation in the Funeral Home at 11 AM. Interment in Evergreen Cemetery, Nashua. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Nina’s name to Southern New Hampshire Medical Center, Oncology Department, 10 Prospect Street, Second Floor, Nashua, NH 03060