- September 28, 1923 - September 2, 2013
of Elizabeth's Passing
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AYER, formerly of Groton ? Elizabeth D, "Liz" Reggio, 89, died peacefully with her family members by her side on Monday, September 2, 2013 at the Nashoba Valley Medical Center, Ayer.
She was born in Norwood, MA on September 28, 1923, the daughter of the late Granton H. and Juliet (Huntress) Dowse. She grew up in Weston and graduated from the Rogers Hall School for Girls in Lowell and Garland Junior College in Boston.
She married André C. Reggio in 1947 and moved to Harvard, MA. Within the next nine years she had six children under the age of seven (one set of twins)! They moved to Groton, MA in 1958, and in 1962, had child #7! During the 50 years in Groton, besides raising a large family, Liz was active in volunteering at the Nashoba Hospital for over 30 years and was a member of the Groton Garden and Reading Clubs. She loved to swim and loved the ocean, was also an avid knitter and seamstress, loved to play cards and scrabble, and had a wonderful sense of humor. For the past ten years, she and her four daughters spent a week in Wells, Maine for 'girl time'. That's all she wanted to do this year - make it to Maine. And she did.
She was predeceased by her loving husband, André in 2002, and a daughter-in-law, Sarah Reggio in 2012. She is survived by her seven children: Michael and his wife Anne of Ashby; Elizabeth "Betsy" and her husband, Ken Diskin, of Ayer; Claire and her husband, Mark Lovett, of Sewanee, TN; Mary and her husband, Barry Driscoll, of Jericho, VT; André "Duke" and his wife, Kathy, of Yarmouthport, MA; Charles, Sarah's husband, of Ashby; and Annie and her husband, Hugh Hard, of Groton; 14 loving grandchildren and many nieces and nephews who knew her as "Auntie E". She was also the sister of the late Granton H. Dowse, Jr, Charles F. Dowse and Leonard H. Dowse. Calling hours will be Sunday, September 8 from 4-7PM at the Badger Funeral Home located in Groton at 45 School Street, Groton MA 01450.