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Lois Carrier

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Lois A. "Louey" Carrier

1947-2012 ADAMS Lois A. Pinsonnault Carrier, 65, died 12/12/12 in her 12th week of hospice care at the home of her brother. Lois was listening to James Taylor Christmas music and had family at her side as she lost her valiant yearlong battle against carcinoid cancer.

Lois was also lovingly known as "Lue," "Louey," "Aunt Ludy," and "Gem Friend." She will be sorely missed by family, friends, and co-workers warmed by her perpetual smile, sense of humor, and joy in and zest for life. Lois loved Vermont, the rivers and mountains of Virginia, music, beaches, hikes, Adirondack chairs in her back yard, and the view of Mount Greylock from anywhere. Oh, and jewelry, the G'Willie's thrift shop in Charlottesville, Va, and any bargain.

Born June 25, 1947, in North Adams to Jean Cuddeback Pinsonnault and the late Bernard A. Pinsonnault, Lois grew up among close-knit neighbors in the Pine Street neighborhood of Renfrew, attended Adams schools and was a 1965 graduate of the former St. Joseph's High School in North Adams.

She eloped on New Year's Eve in 1971 to marry the love of her life, Wilfred Carrier. Wil died in October 2006, three months short of their 35th anniversary.

Lois was employed at Sprague Electric, General Electric, and Lockheed Martin until 1995, when she and Wil left their beloved Vermont to seek a more moderate climate. They settled in Palmyra, Va., which they discovered on a camping trip. Following relocation, Lois joined the CFA Institute in Charlottesville, Va., as a graphic designer. There, Lois enjoyed a vibrant professional life and made friends of her colleagues. Her CFA family members were stalwart supporters throughout her illness and remained supportive after she left CFA in June 2012 for medical leave.

Besides her mother of Williamstown, Lois leaves her brothers, Bernie of Adams and Gary of North Adams, and their wives, Dianne Cutillo and Beverly Hayden Pinsonnault; her sister, Cindy Grunin of Pittsfield and her husband, Lenny; her sister-in-law, Rita DeMarco and her husband, Joe, of North Adams. She also leaves three nephews, Travis Pinsonnault of North Adams, Evan Pinsonnault of Lansing, Mich., and Christopher DeMarco of Massachusetts; six nieces, Colleen Carr of Warfordsburg, Penn., Kelly Thompson of Markleeville, Calif., Emily Pinsonnault Conley of Lanesboro and her husband, Sean, Abby Pinsonnault of North Adams, Heather Grunin of Dalton, and Stacy Strain and her husband, John, of Pittsfield; two grandnieces, Isabella Grunin of Dalton and Maylee Pinsonnault Comstock of North Adams; a grandnephew, Matt Carr of Frederick, Md.; her close friend Carolyn LeComte of Peru; and her Gem Friends, Lynne Barboza of Prospect, Conn., and Kathy Holowienko of Southbury, Conn.

Lois also leaves other extraordinarily special family members and friends who supported her through her hospice journey, which began in September upon her return to her hometown of Adams.

In accordance with Lois's wishes, a celebration of her life will be private and there will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the VNA & Hospice of Northern Berkshire in care of the TROTTIER PRINGLE FUNERAL HOME, 6 Summer St., Adams,in recognition of the loving care provided to Lue by hospice team members.

Louey would be honored if you and all your family and friends sang a Christmas carol (or the Hanukkah Song), preferably accompanied by guitar music, in her memory on Christmas Eve.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Dec. 14, 2012
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