Meet Dolores “Dodie” Stephens
As one of four children, Dolores “Dodie” Stephens grew up in the village of Brewster, New York, with her two older sisters and younger brother. A rural community, Dodie enjoyed her country upbringing and has a deep, fond love for her village of Brewster.
Along with her three siblings, Dodie also grew up alongside her future husband, Mallory. The Stephens married the week after Mallory graduated medical school in 1954 and are proud parents of a son and a daughter.
They spent most of their younger years in New York, where Mallory’s medical practice was located. After Mallory’s retirement, the couple moved to New Hampshire to be centrally located to both of their children. After 20 years of living in Tuftonboro, the couple moved to Sugar Hill, where you can find them playing table tennis or walking around enjoying the sights of our community.
“Those Who Served; Those Who Waited” by Dodie Stephens
A lifelong avid learner, Dodie attended junior college in Virginia and went back to college after her children were grown. Dodie loves to cook and has many talents, including knitting, needlework, and sculpting—anything that allows her to work with her hands and stay active. But perhaps her greatest talent lies in her writing. Dodie is the published author of three books, something she never had particular interest in doing until she moved to New Hampshire.
She published her first book in 2004, a collection of veterans’ stories and home front stories during World War I entitled “Those Who Served; Those Who Waited.” In 2009, her memoir “Tonetta Lake” was published and included snippets of her life as well as the rich history of her hometown, Brewster.
“Water for Troops,” her third book, was published this year and details how her father, Captain William Ross Beal, left his family’s business in the water drilling industry in 1942 to volunteer at the age of 45 to enlist and serve his country in World War II. The book goes on to describe how he and his team of 16 men traveled to several foreign countries to drill wells in remote areas to provide soldiers with water they so desperately needed.
Dodie has also received the Lifetime Award from Wright Museum for her work as a docent, where she’s been working since 2002.
Dodie cites the friendly people and the dining among the best things she loves about living at Sugar Hill.
Dancing Into Each Others’ Arms: The Beaulieus
Originally from Nashua, Madeleine Beaulieu attended St. Louis High School, an all-girls’ school. Upon graduation, she met her husband, Al, at the Commodore Ballroom stag dance and it was love at first sight, a perfect pairing of two people who have a passion for dancing.
Al, from Lawrence, Massachusetts, is a veteran of the Korean War and was in the Navy at the time but knew the moment he met Madeleine that he wanted to marry her. The two were engaged after Al proposed to her at the Casino Ballroom during a dance.
During the war, Al was on a gun crew and loaded powder bags for the turret guns, his turret once being hit during battle.
Al and Madeleine are looking forward to their 63rd wedding anniversary this year. The union has produced five children, four sons, and one daughter. They have 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren that keep them young at heart.
Finding Sugar Hill
After many years of living in Bristol and spending their winters in Florida, the Beaulieus decided they wanted to find a place in New Hampshire that had all of the things they love and enjoy together. Their search ended when they came upon Sugar Hill.
“[Sugar Hill] has all of the amenities and things that we love. You’re surrounded by mountains and beautiful views, the lake is five minutes away, and the ocean is a short drive away. You can be downtown in five minutes but live in the peaceful country. What’s not to love?”
When Al and Madeleine aren’t enjoying a vacation outside of Sugar Hill, you can find them around the community exercising, socializing, and, of course, dancing.