Atlee B. Caldwell
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Nashua, NH - Atlee B. Caldwell, 78, of Nashua, New Hampshire, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 8, 2020, at Laurel Place in Hudson, New Hampshire. She was born April 28, 1941, in Beverly, Massachusetts, to the late Napier Caldwell and Mary (Caldwell) Prahl. She spent her childhood years living in Danvers, Massachusetts, and graduated in 1958 from Holten High School. After high school, she went on to Katherine Gibbs Business School and continued her education at Colby Junior College in New London, New Hampshire. Atlee later moved to Marblehead, Massachusetts, to raise her children, Sarah and Matthew, and continued her education at Salem State. For most of her career she was employed with Digital Equipment Corporation where she was the Employment Manager. Her job at Digital brought her to Hudson, Massachusetts and later to Nashua, New Hampshire, where she started her own business, Heaven Sent Nannies.

Throughout Atlee's life she had a zest for creativity and was a talented seamstress, knitter, and quilter. She enjoyed making dresses, quilts, sweaters, hats, mittens and anything else you can think of for her grandchildren and friends. She also had an adventurous side and loved to travel, some of her favorite places to visit were Greece and France. Atlee also cherished her friends, many of whom were lifelong.

Atlee is survived by her daughter, Sarah (Dowdell) Rooney and her husband, Gary and their children, Gillian and Kalen, all of Dunstable, Massachusetts, Lauren Rooney, and her significant other Dan Plunkett and their daughter, Ryan of Nashua, New Hampshire; her son, Matthew Dowdell and his wife Kelley and their children, Haley, Jackson and Madeline of Bozeman, Montana; a sister Sarah (Caldwell) Anderson and her husband Buchanan of Danvers, Massachusetts, and their children, Elisabeth (Anderson) Kelsey of Newburyport, Massachusetts, and Slade Anderson of Salem, Massachusetts. Atlee was predeceased by her step-father, Frederick Prahl.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a memorial gathering in the McGaffigan Family Funeral Home, 37 Main St., (Route 113) Pepperell, MA, on Saturday, January 18, 2020, from 12 to 2 p.m. A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. in the funeral home. For more information, please visit
Published on January 15, 2020


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Jan 17, 2020
Love's Tapestry was purchased for the family of Atlee B. Caldwell.  Send flowers
Phillip H. Morse
Jan 15, 2020
With loving memories of my dance partner at the Harriet James's Studio in Salem back in 1947. I've never forgotten her... and I wish her entire family nothing but warm and loving memories in this trying time.
Phillip H. Morse
Jan 15, 2020
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Inès Vissouze de Haven
Jan 15, 2020
I send my regrets and loving thoughts to the family of my dear cousin and friend Atlee.