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Gloria M. (Duchemin)'s Story

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Gloria M. (Duchemin) Beaupre, age 83, longtime Merrimac resident, died Tuesday evening, January 3, 2017, at Penacook Place Nursing Home in Haverhill, surrounded by her loving family.
Born in Haverhill on July 3, 1933, she was one of seven children of the late Oliver H. and Wilhelmina (Williams) Duchemin. She attended Haverhill Trade School, then went on to become a licensed practical nurse, having worked many years at hospital’s and numerous nursing homes in the Merrimack Valley and finally retiring from Lakeview House Nursing Home in Haverhill. Gloria continued with her caretaking with her disabled husband Arthur, until his passing in 2002.
Throughout her life she was the epitome of a true “caretaker” - from raising and caring for her children to the care of her patients, she was ever ready, willing and able to lend a hand and make a difference in someone’s life just because she cared.
Gloria enjoyed gardening, reading, poetry, craft’s, ceramic’s and her greatest joy was dining out for “brunch” with a small circle of cherished lifelong friend’s. Gloria’s favorite art was that of “giving." never worried about what she may receive but what she could give, a huge strong heart and loved by many Merrimac resident’s who fondly called her “Mom." Gloria’s message to her children and grandchildren is, “ I loved you all, please continue to love and watch over each other."
Gloria was the beloved wife of the late Arthur Beaupre, who died on August 2, 2002, and the loving and devoted mother of Philip S. Beaupre and partner Gayle of Exeter, N.H., Sharon J. Beaupre of Jasper, Ga., David C. Beaupre and wife, Rebecca of Exeter, N.H., Keith T. Beaupre, Mark O. Beaupre, both of Nashua, N.H. and Bonnie L. Buckley and husband, John of Merrimac; and very proud grandmother of 11 grandchildren and great-grandmother of 11 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by one brother, Edgar T. Duchemin and wife Mary of Haverhill and one sister, Margaret Driscoll of Haverill, along with several generations of nieces and nephews, extended family members and many dear friends. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her infant son, Arthur, one brother, Thomas H. Duchemin, and three sisters, Olive B. Pitkin, Elizabeth Palermo and Ella Mae Jones.
Gloria’s daughter Bonnie, encourages those with a loved one suffering with dementia to support their loved one by using the Teepa Snow philosophy, one of America’s leading educators on dementia - http://teepasnow.com.
A graveside service at Bridge Street Cemetery, West Newbury, will be held at a later date on a warm sunny day, followed by a Celebration of Life. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Mass. Chapter, 480 Pleasant Street, Watertown, MA 02472 or to Penacook Place Dementia Unit, 150 Water Street, Haverhill, MA 01830. Arrangements are by Paul C. Rogers & Sons Family Funeral Home, 36 West Main Street, Merrimac.
Published on  January 6, 2017
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