n 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). ShWorcester, 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:—
e strength and beauty of her character.
For many years unusual burdens fell to her lot, which she bore with exemplary patience and fortitude.
Long a teacher in Worcester, Somerville, and Newton, she left the impress of her character upon the minds and hearts of hundreds, by whom she will be long remembered.
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