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Iona S. French

May 8, 1921 — May 5, 2017

Iona S. French, 95, a longtime resident of Peterborough, NH passed away peacefully on Friday, May 5, 2017 at the Elms in Milford, NH after a period of failing health.

Mrs. French was born on May 8, 1921 in Port Medway, Nova Scotia, Canada, daughter of the late Leroy and Matilda (Wamboldt) Selig. She began her education in Nova Scotia before immigrating to the United States in 1929. She then attended schools in Massachusetts & New Hampshire and became a US Citizen in 1954. Mrs. French had worked at the American Guernsey Cattle Club in Peterborough before proudly becoming a mom and staying at home to raise her family.

She had married Francis Boutwell and shared 31 years together before he died in 1976. She had a great sense of humor and enjoyed people. Her interests were too many to mention. She loved being on the go, teaching and helping anyone along the way.

She married a second time, to Donald F. French in June 1978. He also predeceased her on April 14, 2017. Mrs. French’s grandson Christopher Gladu also died earlier.

Iona is survived by her daughter, Deardra Gladu of Keene, NH, and Donald’s three children, their families, and a large extended family

At Mrs. French’s request, there will be no calling hours or formal services at this time.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests memorial donations be made in Mrs. French’s name to the Peterborough Fire & Rescue, 16 Summer Street, Peterborough, NH 03458

To share memories or photographs of Mrs. French, or to send condolences to her family, please visit her permanent online memorial at

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