Francis Edward Mayette
Marjorie S.
Muriel Gwendolyn Mayette


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Muriel Gwendolyn Mayette

  • Born: 1 Aug 1924, Bellows Falls, Windham County, Vermont
  • Marriage (1): Robert Archie Straw
  • Died: 31 Dec 2010, Sandusky, Erie County, Ohio at age 86
  • Buried: Sunny Side Cemetery, in Sugar Hill, Grafton County, New Hampshire

   Cause of her death was Parkinson's Disease.

   Another name for Muriel was Lyndy Mayette.

  General Notes:

Obit: newspaper VALLEY NEWS in VT
Sandusky, Ohio: Muriel "Lyndy" Straw, age 86, passed away in Firelands Hospital on December 31st after battling Parkinson 's disease for the last few years. Lyndy was born on August 1, 1924 in Bellows Falls, Vermont. Her parents, Francis E. and Margie S. Mayette lived in Charlestown, NH where Lyndy grew up and graduated high school. Fifteen years later, she was joined by her brother Duane. A few years later at a Fellows Gear Shaper dance, Lyndy met her husband Robert "Bob" Archie Straw. For the next few years, the couple lived in Sugarhill, NH and Manchester, VT where they had their first and only child, Gary Robert Straw. A year later, they settled down in Brownsville, VT where they purchased the Brownsville General Store. Here they lived for many years running the store. Bob joined the volunteer fire department and Lyndy started a dance studio above the store.
Lyndy's infinite love of dance and children brought children from all over the area to attend her dance classes. She also traveled to different schools to provide lessons. Even today, you will find people in the area that remember her classes and the dance school's Gala Events complete with incredible costumes. Besides dance, Lyndy loved to snow ski, go camping and fishing, swim, go boating and later on attend antique car rallies with Bob and their 1929 Pontiac. In 1956, they purchased property in Goshen, NH on Rand Pond where the entire family helped build a small camp. When the developers of Mt. Ascutney ski area purchased the land near Brownsville in the late 1960's, Bob became the general manager while Lyndy and Gary became ski instructors. Lyndy's personal touch at the ski area was apparent with the holiday events and pageants and costumes that were part of the resort's activities. Eventually, the Straws sold the general store, left Mt. Ascutney and later on moved to their Rand Pond camp year-round in 1978. The Goshen area became home to them where they were active in local events and the Goshen Community Church.
December 30, 1990, Bob passed away from a heart attack. Lyndy stayed in Goshen keeping active in area events, traveling to visit her son and grandchildren, going to Scotland and taking a Tall Ship cruise from Boston. A few years later, she found companionship with longtime Charlestown resident Norman Cobb.
Lyndy is survived by her only son Gary R. Straw and his wife Diane, grandchildren Gary Straw II and Megan Straw and a great-granddaughter Addyson Straw, all who reside in Ohio and her brother Duane Mayette and his family.
In Lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to the Goshen Community Church, Route 10, Goshen, NH 03752.
Visitation: Friday, January 14th 6PM - 8PM, Newton-Bartlett Funeral Home, 42 Main Street in Newport, NH.
Memorial Service: Saturday, January 15th 11AM at Goshen Community Church, Route 10 in Goshen, NH.
Burial will take place st 1PM on Saturday, May 14, 2011, at the Sunnyside Cemetery in Sugarhill, NH.
For more information or to send a condolence, please visit the Newton-Bartlett Funeral Home at

Muriel married Robert Archie Straw, son of Archie Damon Straw and Beatrice V. Aldrich. (Robert Archie Straw was born on 14 Nov 1922, died on 30 Dec 1990 and was buried in Sunny Side Cemetery, in Sugar Hill, Grafton County, New Hampshire.). The cause of his death was heart attack.

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