Louise Mary Garand (1923 - 2013)

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Louise Mary Garand, 90, of Hancock, NH died on May 3, 2013 at her home and surrounded by her loving family. She was born on January 27, 1923, in New Bedford, Massachusetts, to Frank Clifford Kelley and Violet May Cowling-Kelley. She was the only daughter with five brothers. Louise was raised on the Island of Martha's Vineyard in the town of Edgartown, Massachusetts. There she met her husband of 72 years, Albert Leo Garand who was a shepherd on the Island with a flock of 2000 sheep. They married in 1941. While living on Martha's Vineyard, Louise spent many days with her "big brother" Robert W. Kelley and his wife, Dot. She had fond memories of those days. One of her favorite stories was retelling the tale of when the house in which they were all staying got wired for electricity. As a thank you, the electric company offered a choice of appliances - either an electric iron or an electric waffle maker. They immediately chose the waffle maker! World War II brought, perhaps, Louise's saddest moment when she received news that her beloved brother, John Darrow Kelley, was missing in action. Her love and devotion for him stayed true until her final day.

For the past sixty-seven years, Louise and her husband have resided in Hancock, New Hampshire. They raised seven children together: Albert (now deceased), Laura Paradis, Nancy Driscoll, Phyllis Somes, John, and their twins, Betsey and Brenda.

In Hancock, Louise was a stay-at-home mother who delighted in baking goodies for her children to have after school. Living on a family farm had the advantage of having fresh cream, butter, and vegetables. Louise spent countless hours in the kitchen canning the garden's harvest for her family. Jellies and pickles were what the children enjoyed most.

Louise learned to sew at a young age from her mother who was a seamstress. Before she had the luxury of having a sewing machine, Louise would sit on her bed as a young teenager, cutting squares of cloth given to her by her neighbors and hand stitching a quilt. She made sure that all of her children knew how to use a sewing machine and needle and thread! For many years, she lead a 4-H sewing group in Hancock. Decades later, her heart was warmed by a student who came up to her and told her that it was Louise's enthusiasm which kept that particular girl , now a woman, interested in sewing.

Louise was also a huge supporter of The Arts. When her younger children, John, Betsey, and Brenda, all chose to pursue The Arts as a career, Louise encouraged them. In her later years, her own art was devoted to knitting. She knit many sweaters, mittens, ornaments, and other surprises for her children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews . Each gift unwrapped was an absolute delight which is treasured to this day.

She was an avid sports fan, and loved the Boston Red Sox and Celtics. Her dear friend and fellow sports enthusiast Paul Lavoie Jr. spent many hours together discussing sports history, facts and strategies.

Louise endured many strokes, and it was the unwavering love and devotion of her daughters Betsey, Brenda and Nancy, that made it possible for Louise to spend her last days in her Hancock home. Also the kind and loving caregivers Deb Carr and Brigitte Leger, her longtime family friends Mary Wakeman and Dickie Patton, as well as the continuous kindnesses from her neighbors Jarvis and Bobbie Coffin and Sy Montgomery and Howard Mansfield.

Along with her husband, Albert, and the aforementioned children and their families including sons in-law René Meyer and Mike Driscoll; Louise leaves her beloved brother, Robert, of Edgartown, Massachusetts, his daughter Shirley Cioffi and family, and many other nieces and nephews including Janet Edwards of Antrim and Laura, Kelley, and Alexandra Akerley of Hancock. Her grandchildren are Jessica Mansell and partner Jim, Michelle and Christopher Nye and Erik and Jenny Simonetta. Her great-grandchildren are Tyler and Samantha Mansell, Patrick, Gabrielle, and Nicholas Nye and Ava and Lucas Simonetta. Louise also was the adopted grandmother of the Surette girls, Heidi, Amy and Julie. Louise will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her including her granddogs, Mig, Mouton and Snow.

As per her wishes, there will be no funeral ceremony.

Jellison Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. To view and online obituary please visit, www.jellisonfuneralhome.com.
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Published in The Monadnock Ledger-Transcript on May 9, 2013
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