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iful home, happy in the society of his books, and in his deep affection for wife, children, and all members of his family.
Vashti Eunice Ayer (Prepared by Miss Elizabeth L. Waters.)
Vashti Eunice Ayer was born in Norwich, Conn., June 29, 1845, daughter of Nahum R. Hapgood, of Shrewsbury, and Emily (Chase) Hapgood, of Sutton.
She was educated in the public schools of Worcester, and graduated from the Worcester High School in 1864.
She taught in the schools of Worcester, Newton, and Somerville (in Somerville at the Prescott School). She was assistant to the superintendent of schools of Somerville from 1893 to 1897.
She was married to John F. Ayer October 14, 1897.
From 1898 to 1904 she served the Somerville Historical Society as corresponding secretary.
She died at Wakefield April 13, 1908.
Gordon A. Southworth, superintendent of schools, said of her:—
Possessed of rich natural endowments, refined and cultivated in her tastes, a lover of the best in literature, natur