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RACHEL F. BLAIS - DERBY LINE - Rachel F. Blais, 81, of Derby Line, passed away March 12, 2014, in Derby. She was born Oct. 1, 1932 in Frampton, Quebec, to Thomas and Rosanna (Audet) Ferland. On Sept. 7, 1957, she married Gilles Blais who survives her. Rachel was a member of the Holy Name Society of St. Edward's Catholic Church in Derby Line. She traveled with her husband throughout the United States, and she enjoyed family gatherings and playing cards. She is survived by her husband, Gilles Blais of Derby Line; her children, Donald Blais and his companion, Francine Brandolino of New York, Bernard Blais and his wife, Bernadette, of Randolph, N.J., Paul Blais and his wife, Diane, of South Burlington, David Blais and his wife, Dale, of Danville, N.H., and Patrick Blais and his wife, Cynthia, of Hudson, Mass.; and by her grandchildren, Brian, Brittany, Daniel, Benjamin, Molly, Samantha, Mark, and Isabella. She is also survived by her siblings, Gerard, Raymond, and Real Ferland all of Quebec, Rose Gagnon, Rita Bulduc, and Rolande Tremblay and her husband, Roger, all of Quebec, and Regina Provost and her husband, Richard, of Derby; and by many nieces and nephews. She is survived by her brothers- and sisters-in-law, Gerry Blais, Doris Porier, Pauline Sanville, and Sylvia and Philip Lauzon. She was predeceased by her brothers, Rosaire and Robert Ferland. Friends may call at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Rd., on Sunday, March 16, 2014, from 6 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 17, 2014, at St. Edward's Catholic Church in Derby Line where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. For the benefit of her Canadian relatives, calling hours will be held on Monday, March 17, 2014, at the St. Edward's Parish Hall in Derby Line from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Spring interment in St. Edward's Cemetery, Derby Line. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Curtis-Britch-ConverseRushford Funeral Home, locally family owned and operated. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis, VT Chapter, 75 Talcott Rd., Williston, VT 05495.

Published in The Burlington Free Press on Mar. 14, 2014
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