Carolyn S. Bilodeau, 75, passed away after a courageous battle with Gliolabstoma cancer on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. Carolyn, or as she was known to her family and close friends as "Big Gram," was surrounded by her husband, three children and their spouses and her grandchildren.
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Carolyn was born in Lancaster on Nov. 16, 1937. She was the daughter of Franklin and Thelma (McLain) Stillings. After graduation, she worked several service provider jobs in the "North Country" of New Hampshire. She later married Lionel W. Goupil and relocated to Laconia, and had three children – Jean Drouin, Cheryl Connor and Kevin Goupil. Lionel passed away suddenly in November 1981. Carolyn later remarried Louis Bilodeau; the couple recently celebrated their 31st wedding anniversary.
After retirement from the Department of Health and Human Services–Child Support Division, Carolyn and Louis relocated to Loudon in 2001 to be closer to their children, family and close friends. Carolyn also continued working part time for service providers including the New Hampshire Association for the Blind. Carolyn and Louis both enjoyed and loved the New Hampshire outdoors activities of fishing, kayaking and bird watching. Carolyn also enjoyed knitting and crocheting – spending countless hours making family heirlooms for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She is survived by her husband, Louis Bilodeau; three children Jean Drouin, Cheryl Connor and Kevin Goupil, and their spouses, Steve Drouin, Kevin Connor and Jessica Goupil. Two brothers – Frank Stillings and Leroy Stillings and their partner and spouse Cheryl Aubut and Margaret Stillings. Seven grandchildren – Toni Coffin, Jessica Drouin, Brett Clairmont, Cameron Clairmont, Amanda Goupil, Brandon Goupil, Ashley Clark and their partners and spouses Christopher Coffin, Mike Smith, Zachary Corliss and Lee Clark. Nine Great Grandchildren – Jenna Wilson, Rebecca Wilson, Shanon Coffin, Lillian Burns, Cooper Martin, Caitlyn Clark, Gabrielle Clark, Leeana Clark and Skylar Clark. As well as many nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, at 2:30 p.m. at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery, 110 Daniel Webster Highway in Boscawen, with a celebration of life to immediately follow at Alan's of Boscawen Restaurant, 133 N. Main St.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Carolyn's honour to the Concord Hospital–Payson Center for Cancer Care, 250 Pleasant St., Concord 03301.
The Cremation Society of New Hampshire, Boscawen office, is assisting the family with arrangements. To view an online memorial, please go to csnh.com.
Published in The Concord Monitor on Nov. 11, 2013