MOUNT VERNON — Keenyn Gail Paquin, 40, died unexpectedly Oct. 30, 2019, at her home in Allenstown, NH. She was born June 1, 1979, at the old Mercy Hospital in Mount Vernon, the first of three daughters of David B. Stoddard and Tracey Lea (Bauman) Harry.

Keenyn got her name from one of her mother’s favorite actors, Keenan Wynn. To keep people from giving her the nickname of “Nan,” the ‘a’ was changed to ‘y’ from the actor’s last name of Wynn to give her a name all of her own. Both Keenyn and Keenan were happy with the arrangement.

Keenyn gained her education in New Hampshire, where the family moved in 1981. She graduated from Trinity High School in Manchester NH, class of 1997. Following graduation she tried college at Notre Dame in Manchester, but decided she was done with school and went to work right away at WMUR TV (also in Manchester). She eventually went to work for a construction company and at the time of her death she was ready to begin a new job.

She was married to Michael Paquin, of Bedford, NH, from 2002-2014.

Keenyn was a kind-hearted soul and would give you the shirt off her back if you needed it. She was well liked by all who knew her. Though she had no children of her own, she loved them and loved doing things for her nieces and nephews.

She filled her free time with knitting, baking, reading and watching old movies.

Keenyn was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Philip Stoddard; her maternal grandparents, Wilbur (Bill) and Violet Bauman; two maternal uncles, Henry Bauman and Bob Chichester; and a favorite paternal uncle, Carleton Woodard.

Besides her parents, she leaves behind two sisters, Meghann Stoddard (Jason Crane) of St. Petersburg, FL, and Shealyn Stoddard of Mount Vernon; two nephews who meant the world to her, Harley Gilbert and Leeam Stoddard, both of Mount Vernon; her step-father, Edwin Harry, of Mount Vernon; and three step-brothers, Brandon (Jermisha) Harry, Kyle (Heather) Harry and Jordon Harry, and their offspring, Tyler, Hannah, Alyssa, Adrian and Benjamin, all of Centerburg; her paternal grandmother, Edna V. Stoddard of Brunswick, Maine; and a paternal aunt, Linda (Tony) Harper of MD; maternal aunts, Patty Hauger, Mount Vernon, Betty Nesselrode, Parkersburg, WV, Debe (Bruce) Clark, Gambier, Peggy (Ray) Rector, Newark, Sue (Randy) Saiter, Bladensburg; and two maternal uncles, Carl (Janet) Chichester, Reedsville, and Roy (Diane) Bauman, Croton. She also leaves behind many cousins.

Keenyn will be cremated and her ashes will be scattered off Jones Point on the Isle of Springs, Maine, in Boothbay Harbor, where she enjoyed many summers with her family.

The family will hold a Celebration of Life for her there in June and another will be held in Mount Vernon at First Church of the Nazarene on Nov. 17, 2019, at 12 p.m.

The Petit-Roan Funeral Home in Pembroke is assisting the family with arrangements. To leave a memory or offer a condolence please visit www.petitroan.com.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to St. Mary’s Bank in care of Keenyn Paquin Donation Fund C/O Michelle Jordon 200 McGregor Street Manchester, NH 03102 or gofundme.com.

 

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