NEWBURYPORT- Pauline Wilcox, 90, passed away in her sleep on February 24, 2023 in Newburyport, MA.
She was born December 31, 1932 in Orleans, VT to Clovis and Elsie Letourneau. Pauline loved her Vermont heritage and enjoyed sharing stories about her childhood picking blueberries and of course, the ‘sugar snow.’ She loved working in the library so it’s no surprise that she graduated as Valedictorian of the Orleans High School class of 1951.
Pauline followed her family to central Massachusetts where she settled in the Town of Orange. She worked at the offices of Rodney Hunts before settling down at home to raise her three children. Pauline liked to stay busy and started working again once her youngest went to grade school. She worked at Woodward Drug and Stationary for many years which she enjoyed immensely. She stayed very active in the community, especially as a member of the St Mary’s Church congregation. Her time as a member of the St. Mary’s Women’s Club brought her a great sense of pride and fulfillment.
Pauline enjoyed many things that she carried from childhood to adulthood including her love of cats. She was fondly called ‘Grammy Kitty’ by all her grandchildren. She loved gardening and enjoyed taking trips to gardens around the area, including walking the Boston Arboretum for the Lilac exhibition. Her green and white Celtics Pride was always on display and she rarely missed a game. She saw them win many championships and was able to get to see the Celtics play in person during their last championship season. Hondo was her favorite player closely followed by Paul Pierce. You couldn’t escape meeting Pauline without knowing how proud she was of her French Heritage and the influence that it had on her life.
She enjoyed time with her grandchildren spending countless hours making puzzles, playing dominos, reading books and telling stories about her upbringing in Vermont. Her Mac & Cheese was legendary using only Cabot Vermont Cheddar Cheese. She will be missed by all.
Pauline leaves behind her children Kenneth Wilcox (Michelle), Paula-Jean Murphy (Timothy) and Ann-Marie Panagiotakos (John), eight grandchildren, three great grandchildren as well as brother Norman Letourneau, sisters Germaine Dagenais, Josephine Cronin, Francine Tobin and Clovine Sahagian as well as many nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and many cousins. She was predeceased by sisters Jeanine Newcomb and Ruthanne Letourneau and brother Roland Letourneau.
Private funeral services will be held at St. Mary’s Church, Orange.
Interment at South Cemetery, Orange, MA will be private.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Pauline’s name to either M.S.P.C.A, 400 Broadway, Methuen MA 01844 or to the Wheeler Memorial Library, 49 East Main St. Orange, MA 01364 (donation should be made out to the Town of Orange, with Wheeler Memorial noted on check).
Witty’s Funeral Home, 158 South Main Street, Orange, is assisting the family.
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