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Joan Ann (Stafford) Akins, 74, daughter of the late Walter Matthew Stafford and Florence M. (Sweeney) Stafford was born May 23, 1943 in Boston. Joan was called from this earthly life to rest peacefully by our loving God on November 22, 2017 at the Elliot Hospital in Manchester, N.H. after months of declining health.

She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Samuel O. Akins, three daughters, Joanne Marie Miller and her husband Paul Miller Jr. of Derry, N.H., Patricia Lynne Akins of Salem, N.H., and Melody Christine Englund of Manchester, N.H., two sons, Samuel Joseph Akins and wife Erin Akins of Draper, Utah, Scott James Akins and wife Liza Zwiebach of Doraville, Ga.; brother, Joseph Stafford, eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Brida Elizabeth Akins, four brothers, Walter, Robert, Peter and Edward Stafford and four sisters, Mary Agnes Stafford McHaffa, Irene Burke, Claire Flynn and Georginna Gaeta.
Arrangements were handled by Peabody Funeral Homes and Crematorium, 15 Birch St., Derry. To send a condolence or for more information, please visit www.peabodyfuneralhome.com.
Published on  November 30, 2017
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