Devoted to the elderly

Published in the January 20, 2016 edition

ANNAPOLIS, N.H. — Gayle A. Papa, 70, of Annapolis and recently of Gilmanton, N.H., died Sunday, Jan. 17, at Concord Hospital.
Gayle was born July 12, 1945 in Lowell and was the daughter of the late Frederick W. and E. Gertrude (Ramsell) Johnson. She spent her professional career caring for those with dementia and recently retired from Somerford Place Annapolis as their Activities Director.
Gayle devoted her life as an advocate for the elderly. She also enjoyed going to the beach and dancing.
Gayle is survived by her two sons, Bryan Muse of Massachusetts and Adam Muse of Pittsfield, N.H.; a daughter Victoria Tracy and her husband Tom of Haverhill, and a sister Elizabeth Bedard and her husband Steve of Gilmanton, N.H. and by multiple grandchildren, nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents she is predeceased by her sister Barbara Huston.
A calling time will be held Friday, Jan. 22, from 6 to 6:30 p.m. at the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia, N.H., using the Carriage House Entrance. A time of remembrances will follow at 6:30 p.m., also at the funeral home.
Burial will be private.
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia, N.H. is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial go to