WILLIAMSBURG - Lenore C. Garvais, a long time resident of 7 Nash Hill Place, Williamsburg, was born Sep. 3, 1923, in Stafford Springs, Conn.
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Due to complications of the heart and lungs, her long and active life came to an end early in the morning of Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton.
Prior to her brief hospitalization, Lenore received excellent attention and care from medical and all other staff members of Overlook of Northampton Nursing Home in Leeds.
At the start of World War II she joined the WAVES, serving in Perryville, Md. and at naval bases in Charleston, S.C. and Pensacola, Fla. Upon her return to civilian life, she registered as a day student at the University of Connecticut and was making good educational progress until wanderlust hit her.
She and a University of Connecticut friend bought a second hand van and visited every state in the lower 48. Returning from that journey, Lenore moved to Springfield and began working, first at the Johnson Book Store, followed by more than 20 years as a district manager of Nature Food Stores in Southern New England and Albany, N.Y. Occasionally she would be sent out as a trouble shooter or to coordinate the opening of a new store anywhere from Portland, Maine to Southern California.
In her daily trips to stores located in Southern New England and Eastern New York, Lenore was invariably accompanied by her treasured cross-breed Norwegian Elk Hound-German Shepard dog she had named "Gar". Following a few years in South Hadley she moved to Williamsburg where she served on the Commission on Aging and worked for successful results of annual book sales at the library. Her strong organizing skills led to coordination of a number of cultural programs performed in the Common Room of her Nash Hill residence for the benefit of the library.
She leaves her brother, L. Sidney Garvais of Seabury Retirement Community, Bloomfield, Conn.; her first cousin, John H. Rafftery, residing in a suburb of St. Petersburg, Fla.; and a number of second cousins, among whom is Cathy (Tamsin) Bland, a good and helpful friend in Willington, Conn.
On Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, at 12 p.m., Father Michael Twohig will officiate a memorial Mass in the Roman Catholic parish church of Our Lady of the Hills (formerly St. Mary's) on Rt. 9, Haydenville.
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Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Dec. 13, 2012
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