Anna Marie Paquette passed away on July 6, 2009, at the Scottish Home in North Riverside, Illinois.
Mrs. Paquette, who was born Anna Marie Mulholland on December 14, 1919, in Lowell, Massachusetts, was the daughter of Rose A. Mulholland (Chasse) and William F. Mulholland. She attended elementary school in Lowell and graduated from Lowell High School in 1937. Her avid interest in the liberal arts led her to spend a year at College of New Rochelle in New York (19371938), but she had other aims and interests and soon enrolled in the nursing program at Massachusetts General Hospital (19381941). Upon completing the program, Mrs. Paquette enlisted in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps. During the Second World War, she was stationed in Europe with the 7th Station Hospital and the 9th Evacuation Hospital and attained the rank of 1st Lieutenant. While serving, she had the opportunity to work and travel in England, North Africa, Italy, France, and Germany. After the war, Mrs. Paquette earned a certificate in office administration and secretarial work at the Katharine Gibbs School in Boston (19471948).
While stationed with the U.S. Army Nurse Corps in Oran, Algeria, Mrs. Paquette met her husband, Origene J. Paquette, Jr., who was an agent with the U.S. Army Counter Intelligence Corps. She and Gene were married on October 23, 1948, and established a residence in Southbridge in November that year. They remained in Southbridge for 55 years, where they raised their four children. They moved to the Scottish Home in November 2005 to be closer to their children and grandchildren.
Anna was well known for her commitment and dedication to community service. She made use of her experience as a nurse as an active member and President (19651967) of the Harrington Hospital Womens Auxiliary. She served on the Board of Directors of the Southbridge Visiting Nurse Association and was President at the time the program was transferred to the Harrington Hospital Home Care Department. She served as a Girl Scout leader and a member of the Southbridge Girl Scout Council before the Worcester Girl Scout Council absorbed it. Mrs. Paquette pursued her passion for art and history as a Volunteer Docent at the Worcester Art Museum from the 1970s to the 1990s. She also loved fashion. In the 1970s and 1980s she worked as a sales representative for Doncaster, Inc. Her interest in flowers and plants led her to join the Southbridge Garden Club, where she once again took a leadership role, serving a term as President. Mrs. Paquette was inclined to downplay her knowledge and experience, but as a Southbridge friend remarked upon hearing of her death, she was a distinguished woman. She was known and loved at the Scottish Home for her remarkable combination of shrewd insight, direct speaking, calm acceptance, humor, and lightness of spirit. She bore the challenges of aging with grace and composure.
Mrs. Paquette was predeceased by her husband Gene, who passed away at the Scottish Home on September 8, 2007, and her brothers, Henry and William. Mrs. Paquette is survived by her daughters, Sarah (Michael Lidrich) Paquette of Brookfield, Illinois, Gail (James) Morrissey of North Riverside, Illinois, Catha (Joe Phillips) Paquette of Long Beach, California, and son, Gene (Denise Verret) Paquette of Chicago, Illinois; five grandchildren, Jennifer, Christopher, Andrew, Michael, and John Morrissey; as well as many nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Paquettes children will hold a visitation to remember their mother and father at the Sansoucy Funeral Home, 40 Marcy Street, Southbridge, on Saturday, March 27, from 9:00 to 11:00 AM. Family, friends, and all those who knew Anna and Gene are welcome to stop by. A private interment will follow at Notre Dame Cemetery. For additional information, contact Catha Paquette at 1421 Iroquois Avenue, Long Beach, CA, 90815, or at firstname.lastname@example.org
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