Priscilla Jane (Jones) Puleo

  • Born: April 14, 1927
  • Died: July 13, 2019
  • Location: Laconia, New Hampshire

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Tribute & Message From The Family

Priscilla Jane (Jones) Puleo left us to be with Richard, her husband of 47 years, her parents Harry E. and Blanche (Downing) Jones and her brothers Downing, Robert and Harry Jones who passed before her following a long goodbye on July 13 at Granite Ledges in Concord, New Hampshire.

Born April 14, 1927 in Rochester, New Hampshire, Priscilla grew up and attended school in Alton Bay, graduating from Spaulding High School. She attended Boston University's Sargent College graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy in 1948, after which she treated patients at a polio clinic in North Carolina.

Returning to New England, she married Richard in 1949 and worked in a cerebral palsy clinic in Quincy, Massachusetts until 1955 when they moved to Laconia. She established the physical therapy department at Lakes Region General Hospital in 1955, growing it from a single, part-time therapist to several therapists and aides before retiring in 1985. Love of her profession kept her working part-time several more years in private practice and making home visits.

Her work ethic came from cleaning cabins in the summer for her father at Lake Shore Park. In the winter, she skied with her brothers and cousins- a passion she carried into her 80s. She also enjoyed hiking, mountain climbing and she kayaked on Lake Winnipesaukee into her 90s. She baked bread and doughnuts, but later was best known for her "Mamie rolls."

She traveled all over the United States and Canada with several trips to Alaska, Galapagos Islands, Europe, Africa and India.

Priscilla was a former member of the Alpha Chapter Order of Eastern Star in Alton and the American Physical Therapy Association.

Survivors include: sister Marcia Leighton (Roger); son Richard Puleo (Ruth) of Gilmanton; daughters Jodi Heffernan (Paul) of Ipswich, Massachusetts and Pamela Puleo (Raymond Goulet) of Concord; grandsons Vincent Puleo (Rachel Clennon), Michael Puleo and Grayson Goulet; granddaughters Kathryn Martin (Patrick) and Anne Collins (Nicholas); great granddaughters Nora Martin and Maren Puleo; step-grandson Craig Thayer; several nieces and a nephew.

Priscilla's children would like to thank the staff at Granite Ledges of Concord for their truly loving care for the past three years, together with her physician Dr. BJ Entwisle with Concord Hospital's Frail Elder Program, and the Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association Hospice Program.

Services will be held at The Congregational Church of Laconia on Friday, July 26 at 11 am followed by a luncheon there and burial at the Riverside Cemetery in Alton. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of one's choice.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Priscilla was my first physical therapist and when she retired she became a valued volunteer at the Belknap County Conservation District. Despite her failing eye sight she helped with a wide variety of projects, put a Conservation Easement on her land in Laconia, and had us down to her cottage in Alton. Her smile and positive attitude made her a good friend as well as helper. So sorry to have missed her service and that you have lost her. Your family had a great Mamie we will all remember well.

Posted by Jan Hooper - Center Harbor, NH - Friend   July 26, 2019

To the Puleo family,

John and I send our most sincere condolences on the passing of your beloved Mom. We knew both of your parents at Bektash Shrine in Concord. She was one beautiful lady who will be sorely missed. Until we meet again. God bless.

Posted by Susan and John Wadsworth - Methuen, MA - Family Friend   July 26, 2019

Jodi, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Cathy Leaver

Posted by Cathy Leaver - Hopkinton, NH - Classmate   July 25, 2019


we were saddened to learn of your Mom's passing. I remember her from DeMolay days when she would attend with your father, events at the old masonic Hall.

Larry Leonard and Billy Smith

Posted by Larry Leonard/Billy Smith leonard - laconia, NH - Friend   July 24, 2019

I'm so very sorry to know you've lost your mom. You must be so proud of the life she lead and how her efforts affected so many in need of her help. You are working in a similar field, Pam, helping others in your way. May your memories comfort you.

Posted by Christy Dolat Bartlett - Concord, NH   July 23, 2019

Pam... shall always remember your Mom and our days at Shaker Village where I met her. May she Rest In Peace....l

Posted by A friend   July 21, 2019

What a loss for you all, and our hearts are with you at this time. Priscilla shared a smile and a story at every encounter with us, and we are very thankful to have known her. She has left behind a wonderful legacy of service to others, caring and compassion. Love those Mamie Rolls, too.

Posted by Norma Milne - Concord, NH - Family Friend   July 21, 2019

To The Puleo Family : Dick and Priscilla were two good friends of many years ago through Bektash Temple. Their devotion to Shrine efforts over many years was remarkable. During a New Hampshire visit two weeks ago, we talked about them as we drove back to Lake Winnisquam along Parade Road from Meredith. May God shine his light upon their reunification while they team up once again.
Don and Mary Anderson
Marco Island, Florida

Posted by A friend   July 21, 2019

My wife and I would like to send our condolences to the family. Richard Sr.was the one who started my career as an electrician and throughout the years have stayed in contact with Priscilla and Rick. Whenever we ran into your mom she always remembered us with a smile. Our hearts go out to all. JoAnnTebbbetts

Posted by Dick and JoAnn Tebbetts - Gilford,, NH - Family Friend   July 20, 2019

Much sympathy to Jodi, Pam, Rick, and your families. Your mom was a very special person. Thinking of you and wishing you well.

Posted by Terri Johnson - Holderness, NH - Family Friend   July 20, 2019

Priscilla was a best friend to my mom, Claire, a polio victim, and was an in-home therapist for her from 1957 until Claire's death in 1991. I loved this gentle lady, too, whom I called Mrs. Puleo, for the strong yet compassionate manner in which she practiced her skillful profession. Thank you, Mrs. Puleo. May you rest in peace in the company of so many that you have loved and helped.

Posted by Patsy Roux - Knoxville, TN - Friend   July 20, 2019

Pam , I'm so very sorry for your loss.

Posted by Tim Lynch - Boscawen, NH   July 20, 2019

I became aware of this fine lady through our friendship shared with Ann Jordan and also through my volunteer work at LRGH and the Opechee Garden Club. To know her was to like her. Priscilla Puleo was as relaxing as her voice and smile. Our paths didn't cross as often but when they did, she would flash a welcome smile and we enjoyed renewing our connection. She was a lovely lady and I know her family will be comforted with their memories.

Posted by Dorothy Duffy - Laconia, NH - Friend   July 19, 2019


Our deepest sympathies on the passing of your dear mother. May your memories give you comfort.

Posted by Karen and Todd Smith - Bow, NH   July 19, 2019

Please accept my sincere condolences. May God bring everlasting comfort to your hearts and give you the strength to endure this difficult time.
(2 Thessalonians 2:16,17

Posted by A friend   July 19, 2019

Pamela, your beloved mom was an inspiration and wonderful example of Yankee self reliance and toughness. Your grief in her passing should be eclipsed by the knowledge of a full life well lived.
Gerard Smith, Catherine Holub-Smith

Posted by Gerard Smith - Concord, NH   July 19, 2019

My deepest sympathies. Your Mom sounds like such a wonderful, dynamic and caring person. Love, a fellow PT.

Posted by Jo-Ann David    July 18, 2019

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