Eleanor J. (Brigham) Burpee
of Fitchburg; formerly of Gardner; 74
FITCHBURG -- Eleanor J. (Brigham) Burpee, 74, of Fitchburg and formerly of Gardner, passed away peacefully in her home on February 2, 2014 after a prolonged illness.
Eleanor was born on December 15, 1939 in Gardner, a daughter of the late Orrin and Alice (Adamson) Brigham. She was a graduate of Gardner High School. Her fondest memories are those of training and trading horses on the farm she was raised on. She was a talented equestrian and loved the day to day dealings on the farm.
Eleanor enjoyed taking trips to go antiquing, where she would purchase bells and Native American artifacts for her vast collection. Family was very important to Eleanor; she treasured time spent with her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She loved hosting family barbeques at Willard Brook. She could often be found listening to and enjoying the music of Willie Nelson, her favorite artist. Eleanor was an animal lover, especially of birds; she loved her pet parrot Lucky very much.
She leaves her children, Christine Merritt of FL, Randy Simoneau and companion Pamela Hosley of Templeton, Philip Rahaim and wife Kathleen of Westminster, Keith Rahaim and wife Mary of Ashburnham, close friend and caretaker, Paula Daigle of Leominster; grandchildren, Shawn Simoneau, Shane Walker, Dustin Goodall, Daniel Simoneau, Philip Rahaim, Jr., Conan Rahaim, Misty Rahaim, Keith Rahaim, Jr.; many great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. Eleanor also leaves her three siblings, Nancy Hamel and husband Johnny of Gardner, Sally Swanson of Gardner, and Walter Brigham and wife Mary of Westminster.
She was predeceased by her daughter Mary Mitchell and her husband Arthur "Red" Burpee.
BURPEE -- There has been a change in the service: Calling hours will be held in Brandon Funeral Home, 305 Wanoosnoc Rd., Fitchburg on Thursday, February 6, 2014 from 4-7 PM. A prayer service will be held at 7 PM.
In lieu of flowers the family request that memorial contributions be made to the MSPCA, 350 South Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02130.