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Obituary for Rae C. Rowell

September 13, 1925 - August 22, 2018
Haverhill, Massachusetts | Age 92


HAVERHILL - Rae C. (Tracy) (McNeil) Rowell of Haverhill passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 at Penacook Place in Haverhill surrounded by her loving family.

Rae, who was a lifelong Christian and prayer warrior who was born on September 13, 1925 in Kingston, NH, daughter of Clarence and Lillian (Thomas)Tracy. She grew up in the Rosemont section of Haverhill and worked in in the shoe industry, Eastern Canvas and Steven's Bennett Home in Haverhill as well as AT&T / Lucent Technologies in No. Andover. She was a longtime member of the Salvation Army in Haverhill and in the past, could be seen ringing the bell at various locations around Haverhill. Rae, at the age of 60, took a course in sign language at Northern Essex Community College to help her communicate while visiting with homebound elders. She most enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, knitting, needlework, and bingo.

Rae is predeceased by her husband's Richard L. McNeil and Herbert E. Rowell, as well as her brothers Clarence, Glenn, Clayton, Lee and Forrest Tracy and sisters Shirley Swett, and Jacqueline Woodman and stepdaughter Betty Ann (Rowell) Blake. Her surviving family members include her sister Dulcie Beauregard of Haverhill; children Richard L. McNeil, Jr., and wife Erika of Groveland, Scott E. McNeil and wife Sherry of Friendship, NY, Karen J. Dichard and husband Dave of Concord, NH and Rebecca C. Mitchell and husband James of Haverhill; also 15 cherished grandchildren; 34 great grandchildren; 13 great-great grandchildren.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, August 29, in the Driscoll Funeral Home, 309 So. Main Street, Haverhill from 2:00 to 5:00 PM. Services will begin at 5:00 PM. Interment will take place graveside on Thursday in Linwood Cemetery, Haverhill at 10:00 AM. For guestbook, please visit

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309 So. Main Street
Bradford, MA 01835
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