Elizabeth Bunicky Donovan
3 Bavier St.
Claremont, NH 03743
When I graduated from Stevens High School, I had always been Betty, but my real name was Elizabeth Elaine Bunicky, Now, I had heard that those would be the best years of my life. To bad it takes most of your life, to realize that is true.
I had many great friends during my school years and still enjoy the memories.
After graduation, I attended Houle's School of cosmetology in Manchester. It took me about 10 months to finish hairdressing school, and to find out how little I really did know about life. I am glad to say that I made the right career choice, and I just retired last August from hairdressing after 43 years. I even managed to have my own business for 23 years. It was hard work, but I loved every minute of it.
Now, if I were to use all of my last names, then I would be called Elizabeth Buninicky Leger Dexter Donovan. There has to be a story there, right!! Well, marriage wasn't one of my strongest suits. The first one was so short that no one except me remembers. The second marriage lasted 7 years, and out of that marriage, I still have a great friend and two wonderful daughters. I am married to a wonderful man named Dan and it has been 32 years. So you see, practice does make perfect.
I have lived right here in Claremont for most of my life, except for a few years after high school. In fact, I could see the house I grew up in out my kitchen window. Just last August we sold the house, my business was closed, and I now live in a four room apartment next door. It does help that we also own this house and have a tenant upstairs to help pay the taxes. So, now I summer in Claremont, and winter in Georgia. Just so happens that we have a mother-in-law's apartment at my daughter's.
Oh yes, speaking of my daughters, Monica and Kimberly. Monica is the oldest and still lives in Claremont. She works in sales for the Hershey Company, is divorced, no kids, and loves being her own women. Kimberly lives in Georgia with her husband Jeff, and my only granddaughter, Brooke. Now you know why I will be spending my winters in Georgia. Kimberly is also in sales and works for Avery Dennison as a National Account Manager. Their sales expertise must have come from their father, not me.
Now, I don't have to tell most of you what it means to be a grandparent, so you will understand the love I have for my granddaughter, Brooke. She is such a wonderful young lady and brings me unending joy.
My father passed away in 1980 and that was a very sad time, as it was very sudden. On March 14, 2005 my mother passed away. She was not only my mother, but my neighbor, my support, and my friend. My heart is still very heavy, but I know that both my parents are in a better place.
I have much to be thankful for. Family is what it is all about for me, and I plan on spending my time enjoying all of them. we laugh, we cry, and most of all we share our lives. It doesn't get any better, at least not for me.